scoop.co.nz 16 Mar, 2021 23:30 am

Room To Improve Winter Grazing Practices Welcomed

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March 17, 2021 ComVoices, Daily News, Environment Press Release – Local Government NZ Local Government New Zealands Regional Sector is welcoming a decision by the Government to allow for continued testing and deployment of improved intensive winter grazing practices, ahead of new regulations coming into effect next year.The announcement … Local Government New Zealand’s Regional Sector is welcoming a decision by the Government to allow for continued testing and deployment of improved intensive winter grazing practices, ahead of new regulations coming into effect next year.The announcement comes after collaboration between a group of Southland farmers, environmental agencies, farming bodies and regional councils that provided recommendations to the Government on how to make new intensive winter grazing regulations more practical and effective to implement.The group has developed a draft intensive winter grazing farm module, which will be developed and tested for formal incorporation into wider certified freshwater farm plans in 2022.

“Both Ministers Parker and O’Connor have set clear expectations about what they expect to see over the next 12 months, to address the worst impacts of winter grazing, and we will be working closely with farmers to meet those expectations.” The announcement will see the intensive winter grazing regulations in the National Environmental Standard for Freshwater (NESFM) come into effect on 30 April 2022, but in the meantime, regulations that control further expansion of intensive winter grazing will continue this winter.

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