Careful paddock selection first step in winter forage crop programme
Wintering practices have changed on Robert Young’s Southland farm over the past 10 years.
GWP* a key focus of climate change submission
B+LNZ, along with Federated Farmers and DairyNZ, are pushing strongly for New Zealand’s negotiating mandate for upcoming climate change negotiations to focus on warming and to promote the use of more appropriate metrics such as GWP*.
Report highlights intensive winter grazing efforts
A new report shows that farmers and regional councils are working together to improve practices with help from industry organisations such as B+LNZ.
IPCC report: Important science on methane and GWP*
Buried in a landmark IPCC report this week is a detailed and important section on the metrics for short-lived gases. We summarise the key findings and what these mean for our sector.
Update on the essential freshwater consultations
While we’ve welcomed some of the proposed changes to the essential freshwater programme, we’ve been reviewing the consultation discussion documents and will soon be providing more detailed advice and guidance on making a submission. In the meantime, here’s an update.
Learning about healthy and productive soils from a young age
The innovative soil research project underway in Otago called ‘Soil your Undies’ is teaching school children and rural communities about the importance of soil health. Some students shared their learnings at the Science Festival.
Northland’s protests against SNAs raises wider issue
Last week, Northland farmers and Tangata Whenua came together to protest against the Far North District Council’s mapping of Significant Natural Areas (SNAs).
Environment policy update 10 June 2021
There has been a lot happening recently in key areas of environment policy. The following email has been sent to farmers.
Catch crops prove a valuable environmental tool: Part two
The second in this two-part series looks at sowing rates, nitrogen use, harvest timings and some of the challenges with catch crops.
Catch crops prove a valuable environmental tool
Along with several other organisations, B+LNZ helped fund the catch crops for reduced nitrate leaching project. The outcomes highlighted the value of catch crops as a tool to capture and use nitrogen left in the wake of winter forage crops, provided the correct management principles were followed.
Industry collaborates with winter grazing checklist
Beef + Lamb New Zealand, alongside four other industry-good organisations, has put together a winter grazing checklist to help farmers literally tick all the boxes of good management practice.
Explainer: The Government’s new winter grazing module
The Government’s new winter grazing module resource draws on Industry Farm Planning approaches which embed the latest science to help support farmers in managing livestock and environmental health. Find out what we’re recommending you do this winter.