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Workshops turn nitrogen reports into practical actions

14 January 2015

Workshops turn nitrogen reports into practical actions

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has joined forces with the Dairy Women’s Network, DairyNZ, Fonterra, Miraka, Synlait and Tatua to help farmers come to grips with their farm nitrogen reports and how to use them to support N-loss improvements.

Ian Tarbotton, of Ballance’s Science Extension Team, says a roadshow in both the North and South Islands through February and March will help farmers turn reports into action.

“We want to take the mystery out of farm nitrogen reports, show what factors influence the numbers in reports, and leave farmers with some really practical ways to change their numbers for the better.”

“For farm owners, the aim is to enable them to learn about ways in which they can influence farm economics by minimising nitrogen loss and improving nitrogen-use efficiency. For farm managers, the workshops will give them a good understanding of the five factors that contribute to nitrogen loss, and which of them they can influence. We are also encouraging farm workers to attend because there are some common practices which impact the farm and the environment and their daily activities can make a difference.”

Ian says nitrogen reports are relatively new, but will become an annual feature of farm management given that most dairy companies signed up to collect and model nitrogen loss and nitrogen conversion efficiency under the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord.

“Reports going back to their farmers are providing nitrogen loss and nitrogen conversion efficiency performance information and benchmarks, but the next step is turning these into practical action plans which have economic and environmental benefits and should deliver improved results for farms in the next reporting round.”

Speakers will include local farmers, as well as industry experts in dairy and fertiliser. Workshop participants will receive their own resource workbook, to help them set goals for improving nutrient management on their farms.

Farmers interested in attending the events should register by calling 0800 396 748 or via

WoodvilleMonday 9th FebWoodville Events CentreCnr Ferguson Street and Vogel Street, Woodville
WhangareiFriday 13th FebA’Fare197 Lower Dent Street
Te KauwhataMonday 16th FebTe Kauwhata Rugby ClubMahi Road, Te Kauwhata
WhakataneFriday 20th Feb Whakatane Hotel79 The Strand, Whakatane
OtorohongaMonday 23rd FebOtorohonga Club107 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
StratfordThursday 26th FebShakee Pear3912 Mountain Road, Stratford
MorrinsvilleThursday 5th MarchMorrinsville Golf ClubLinks Road, Morrinsville 3374
RangioraMonday 9th FebRossburn ReceptionsSpark Lane, Rangiora
Waimate Monday 16th FebCriterion Hotel198 Queen Street, Waimate
TakakaFriday 20th FebTakaka Fire Station6 Motupipi Street Takaka
BalcluthaMonday 23rd FebSouth Otago Town and Country Club1 Yarmouth St, Balclutha 9200
GoreThursday 26th FebHeartland Croydon Hotel100 Waimea Street, Croydon
WintonFriday 27th Feb Winton’s Middle Pub232 Great North Road
Winton Southland
AshburtonMonday 9th March Hotel Ashburton 11/35 Racecourse Rd, Allenton, Ashburton 7700


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