Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

The Environmental Sheep And Beef Farmer

Media Release
Freephone 0800 327 646 I Website Www.Fedfarm.Org.Nz

14 December 2012

The Environmental Sheep And Beef Farmer

Federated Farmers has welcomed Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s refreshed Land and Environment Planning Toolkit, having attended its launch in Christchurch today.

“Federated Farmers believes it is vital to have the tools and means that make a real difference. The toolkit will not only help us to do better but also shows how seriously farmers take the environment,” says Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre chairperson.

“Being farmers we aren’t big on spin but we are big on actions.
“As a toolkit for meat and fibre farmers, it will help differentiate extensive farming systems from low-land intensive farming too.

“The big two problems faced by extensive sheep and beef farmers are erosion and stock access to waterways. This is more pronounced on hillier or high country farms.

“On hillier farms, mine included, we are fighting gravity so it is impractical to fence every waterway because floods damage fences and farm infrastructure. The other issue you face in fencing off water is then the control of invasive noxious weeds.

“Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre believes we can take a separate tack to the same environmental objective and Beef+Lamb’s refreshed toolkit will help to deliver it.

“As an organisation, Federated Farmers has work-shopped with members on things such as creating central crossing points for stock using culverts or concrete posts placed into water. The idea is to minimise damage to banks and to stream beds.

“When looking at steep but highly productive hill farms with multiple waterways, this seems a much more cost-effective and reliable solution.

“With erosion control, it is clear there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. While riparian planting may work on one farm, spot planting of poplars on another farm may be more viable.

“Given extensive farming systems cover a greater pastoral area, we believe a focus for investment ought to be on the section being intensively farmed.

“This is especially pronounced over winter when the most nutrient loss can occur. Doing this allows spot planting on the less intensively farmed areas to stabilise soils and to provide future shade.

“Taking a strategic approach means investment can be prioritised to what will give the best environmental payback.

“I think what we are doing and the refreshed toolkit by Beef+Lamb shows is that farmers are taking our environmental responsibilities seriously. We have different issues and challenges from our more intensive colleagues but we are facing up to them,” Mrs Maxwell concluded.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



Consumer NZ: Buy-now, Pay-later Raking In $10m+ In Late Fees Annually

A Consumer NZ survey has found buy-now, pay-later services are costing shoppers more than $10 million a year in late fees. Close to four out of 10 Kiwi consumers use buy-now, pay-later services, such as Afterpay, Laybuy and Zip... More>>

Westpac: Catherine Mcgrath Appointed New Zealand CEO

Westpac Group CEO Peter King and the Westpac New Zealand Board today announced the appointment of Catherine McGrath as Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand... More>>


Amazon: AWS To Open Data Centres In New Zealand

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS), announced plans to open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2024. The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch... More>>

ALSO:



Statistics: Surge In Imports Results In Record Monthly Trade Deficit
Imports increased $1.8 billion in August 2021 compared with August 2020, resulting in a record monthly trade deficit of $2.1 billion, Stats NZ said today. Exports were little changed, down $42 million. "This is a larger deficit than normal because of higher values for imports.. More>>

Fonterra: Completes reset, announces annual results and long-term growth plan out to 2030

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced a strong set of results for the 2021 financial year, reflected in a final Farmgate Milk Price of $7.54, normalised earnings per share of 34 cents and a final dividend of 15 cents... More>>


Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>