Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Positive View Of Farming Practices From First Winter Compliance Flights

No obvious breaches were identified from the air, but a few high-risk areas will be followed up in the coming weeks.

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) compliance team observed generally good compliance with national and regional rules during the first set of winter flyovers in late-May.

Manager Compliance Tami Sargeant said industry groups had helped to educate and encourage good management practices in the farming community.

“We’re working alongside groups like Dairy NZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, Deer NZ, Fonterra and Federated Farmers to support farmers with the information and advice they need to manage their farm with minimal risk to the environment. We’re all keen to encourage the progress we’ve seen in grazing preparation ahead of this winter.”

Federated Farmers has an “Early Intervention” program where people can raise concerns about winter grazing anonymously through Federated Farmers’ Early Intervention program, by calling 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646).

Ms Sargeant said it was important that risk areas were still managed appropriately.

“There are a few high-risk areas where ORC staff will follow up on the ground to make sure good management practices are being followed and to ensure compliance with our rules. These include things like crops being planted in critical source areas – where there is a risk of sediment flowing into waterways – and a few buffer zones near waterways that were narrower than we’d like.”

Another round of compliance flights will take place towards the end of June.

Anyone needing advice about environmental farming practices can contact the ORC Rural Liaison Team on 0800 474 082 or email rural@orc.govt.nz.

People can also contact their industry groups who can provide advice on farm environmental practice, including grazing plans for this winter and knowing what to do when adverse weather strikes.

Anyone who sees pollution of a waterway is encouraged to call our 24/7 pollution hotline on 0800 800 033. ORC is also reminding stock truck drivers to make use of effluent disposal facilities around the region to keep effluent off the region’s roads.

Winter flyover findings:

South Otago

Good practice: strategic placement of supplemental feed, grazing towards waterways.

61% of the sites identified with some potential risk were in the South and West Otago area. This may be due to terrain - there are more critical source areas and waterways due to the terrain, so planting winter feed in critical source areas and having small buffer zones could increase sediment run off potential.

Upper Taieri/Middlemarch

Good practice: paddock selection generally avoided the steeper paddocks, evidence of a grass buffer between crop and waterway and grazing direction observed moving from the top of the slope to the bottom.

North Otago

Good practice: grass buffers left around some critical source areas and some observations of back fencing stock.

Common potential risk identified was surface water ponding, due to flatter terrain/lack of drainage.

Central Otago

Good practice: keeping clear of critical source areas, block feeding and grazing from top of slope to bottom.

Common potential risk areas for winter grazing identified in the Central Otago flight included surface water ponding in flat terrain which could mobilise sediment in heavy rainfall events, unfenced waterways or waterways without buffers, and some steep paddocks.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup, Critical Race Theory And A New, Weekly Music Playlist

So… Why don’t they just cut to the chase, and call it the Emirates Cup? As this column predicted several months ago, the next America’s Cup challenge is headed overseas. Here’s what Werewolf said back in March:
Emirates has made a major commitment to Portsmouth/Isle of Wight as a sailing centre of excellence – and voila, that’s where the next challenger of record is coming from, and where the next Cup contest could well be sailed. Such incredible luck for Emirates, right..? More>>

 


Government: America’s Cup Decision

The Minister responsible for the America’s Cup has confirmed the joint Crown-Auckland Council offer to host the next regatta has been declined by the Board of Team New Zealand... More>>

ALSO:


Government: To Apologize For Dawn Raids

The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s.
Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

ALSO:


Trade: EU And UK FTAs Top Of List For First Ministerial Trip Since COVID-19

Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19... More>>



Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels