Our Land Sustainability team offers individual on-farm advice, organises field days and works with community groups to increase awareness of land management issues and good environmental practices.
We can arrange to visit your property and provide free advice and information on a variety of land management issues, including:
This growing strategy shows great potential for water quality improvements.
We are working with farmers to develop systems that achieve community goals and meet consents.
Farm Environmental Management Plans
If you farm over 20 hectares of land, you'll need one of these as part of any consent application.
Focus Activity Farm Plans
Focus activity farm plans provide farm-specific good management practice advice and recommendations.
Good management practices
Good management practices provide ways to reduce the amount of contaminants lost from your property.
Good drainage is key to healthy waterways which are important for much more than their economic use.
Fertilizer is one of the largest expenses for a farm, so nutrient management is essential.
Offal hole management
Offal holes or dead holes' are used in Southland for on-farm disposal of dead stock.
The strip of land beside a waterway is a called the riparian zone and acts as a crucial buffer.
Well-designed farm shelter offers many benefits from reduced soil loss to creating microclimates.
Soil health management
Soils are a non-renewable resource and are vital to Southland's productive capacity.
Wintering stock is a big part of Southland, but improperly done can lead to nutrient leaching.