Number of Mycoplasma Bovis infected farms jumps to 30 - 13th Apr 2018

Two new farms have been confirmed  with Micro Plasma bovis in the Ashburton area. See the attached link to Stuff for the full article

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago - 2nd Mar 2017

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago

The first velvetleaf of the season has been found in Otago and a Teviot Valley farmer is being praised for his vigilance in reporting it to the authorities.

The discovery of the 1m-high plant next to a fodder beet crop on the Teviot Valley property last week highlights the need for all landowners in the region to be on the lookout for the pest plant, the Otago Regional Council says.

Council director environmental monitoring and operations Scott MacLean praised the farmer for contacting an ORC contractor and said the plant was swiftly removed and destroyed.

Follow the link for the full story.

Lucerne beats leaching cap at Taupo - 12th Jun 2016

Lysimiter being installed as part of trial Landcare Research is proving that the age old practice of growing lucerne can help farmers.
Dr Malcolm McLeod, a soil scientist at Landcare Research has found that N leaching from cut and carry lucerne is 5kg/N/ha/year when previous estimates were up to 26kg/N/ha/year.
Read more about this article in the 6th June NZ Farmer.

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.


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