Fixed Grid Irrigation a versatile cost efficient option - 2nd Aug 2021

Rough Ridge Farm in Ida Valley east of the Manuherikia Valley in Central Otago has almost been drought-proofed, says Fraser McKnight who owns the farm in a 50/50 partner ship with his parents Murray and Sharon. The family has been slowly adding in fixed-grid irrigation as funds allow and it now covers 30ha of the farm with plans to expand an extra 70ha over the next five years.
“It’s like a meccano set,” describes Fraser. “This means you don’t have to outlay a lot of money up front if you don’t want to as you can just keep adding to it over time.

Did you know we are on Facebook? - 18th Dec 2018

Did you know we are on Facebook? Click here to give our page a like and keep up to date with us and the sector! 

Environment Plans identifies profit opportunities - 12th Jun 2016

A farm environment management plan has been done for this 1125 ha property as part of a trial by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Among other things the plan identified 17 soil types when the owners thought they had 5. Read more about the benefits to the owners of this Hawkes Bay farm.

Dairy compliance progress steady - 2nd May 2016

See comments on the latest report on dairy compliance, visit
The yearly review of the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord (SDWA) shows steady progress for dairy farms in environmental matters.
The achievement with more than 25000km of fenced and measured waterways  and nearly 43000 regular stock crossings that have bridges or culverts. Waterway exclusion for livestock is now a given.
One of the toughest challenges for the industry is collecting nutrient budget data.

National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 - 7th Mar 2016

See page 26 of the Southern Rural Life 24 February edition.
What central government is telling regional councils to do about maintaining and/or improving freshwater quality and quantity nationally.

Also a look at Environment Southlands Water and Land 2020 and Beyond project and its journey to meeting the goals for water quality and quantity in the region

Water problems not all farming's fault - Smith - 7th Mar 2016

See page six for the above article.
See what Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith has to say about water quaility issues along with a round of national meetings to discuss the National Policy Statement on Fresh Water Management.
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Search for nitrogen solution - 30th Nov 2015

See the latest news on N Leaching and searching for a solution. It can be found on pages 24 and 25 of the Southern Rural Life paper. See the attached link

Scientists are working on a six-year project which combines expertise and resources  DairyNZ, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, Landcare Research, Lincoln University and the Foundation for Arable Research.

Overhaul of the Resource Management Act - 30th Nov 2015

No waterway fences will bring instant fines!

Legislation aimed at overhauling the Resource Management Act will enable the Government to introduce national regulations that require farm stock to be fenced out of rivers and lakes, with instant fines for breaches.

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Except from the fourth Report of the Land and Water Forum.

Stock Exclusion

Government asked the Forum for advice on the form of a national regulation to exclude stock from
waterways. We have recommended a framework that excludes dairy cattle, beef cattle, deer and
pigs from waterways on the plains and in lowland hills over time, while allowing flexibility in the
means by which this is done. Under this framework, councils will be able to require exclusion of
stock from critical source areas and areas of ecological importance in terrain where the national
stock exclusion regulation does not apply – such as hill country.
We have also made recommendations requiring the appropriate riparian setbacks and management
strategies. We suggest that the appropriate setback width should vary at different points along the
waterway according to the terrain, the contaminants being managed, and the effectiveness of
alternative mitigations.


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