Minister Launches Farm Fact Sheet

(Published on 12th July 2011)

Minister of Agriculture, David Carter, launched a new fact sheet on Friday 8th July at Bainham Hall, Collingwood, Golden Bay. Written by the Aorere Management Team 'Realistic Solutions to Real Farm Problems' was designed by the local dairying community and highlights the key water quality messages specific to areas of high rainfall such as the Aorere Catchment:

  • Stock out of waterways
  • When soils are wet store it! (ensure adequate effluent storage)
  • It’s gotta sink in! (use low rate effluent application to land)

 

The best management practices guide takes the form of a fold out poster that is robust enough to survive the rigors of the dairy shed wall!

Aorere farmers Rob Haldane and Brian Nalder hosted the Minister and Local Councillors along with many local farmers and industry representatives on their Bainham dairy properties. Attendees saw first-hand how weeping wall effluent management systems suit the high rainfall conditions in the area.

Both farmers explained how their systems worked to separate effluent solids allowing for a direct low application rate of liquid effluent to pasture and benefits of high volume contingency storage and K-line low application rate sprinklers for land applicationduring wet conditions. 

Minister Carter emphasised the critical nature of environmental performance when marketing our products to high value overseas markets, “New Zealand only produces 0.5% of the world food, we cannot feed the world. Our best strategy for success is meeting high end markets that can afford to pay for quality products. These markets want to know that their food is produced in an environmentally sustainable way and that animal welfare standards are high.

Tasman District Councillors Trevor Norris & Martine Bouillir commended the Aorere Community for the positive outcomes achieved.  They would like to see Aorere farmers leading nationally to help others improve water quality. 

Spokesperson for the Aorere Catchment Management Group, Sue Brown said,"Farmers need to understand the risk to their business if they do not address environmental issues.  We need to get that top dollar to remain economically viable as a first world nation dependent on agriculture. The Catchment group has made us strong. We are able to work together to represent ourselves."

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