DairyNZ says emissions prices suggested by the Productivity Commission would heavily affect NZ farming if the sector faced a full emissions price under the Emissions Trading Scheme.Read More
Agriculture will rely on continued support from both industry and government for emerging technologies if it is to meet the long-term emissions reduction necessary for New Zealand to transition to a low-emissions economy, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said.Read More
New Zealand dairy farmers could lead the global move to new production systems that deliver twice the food from half the water and soil, according to Australian science author Julian Cribb.
“Kiwi farmers are world leaders in the wise management of water, soil and nutrients,” says Cribb, who will speak at the DairyNZ Farmers’ Forum on May 8-9 in Hamilton.
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DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle has welcomed the announcement of the Government’s timeframes for putting in place an independent Climate Change Commission and consulting on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill from May 2018.Read More
For decades farmers and community groups have planted trees and other plants alongside rivers to improve waterways, but the extent of riparian buffers and whether they're working is still not known.Read More
Passion for the environment is running high and not just by our farmers. Looking after the land we work on is a part of life when you're a farmer. It's a great thing to have Kiwis caring so much for New Zealand's land and waterways – we've been doing so for years, so collective passion can only be positive.Read More
“We are pleased to endorse the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam as a signal of strong support for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for the important role of the dairy sector in the global community’s efforts toward sustainable development,” says Kimberly Crewther, Executive Director of DCANZ.Read More
Green Party and Labour Party policymakers want to hit dairy farmers with a trifecta of environmental taxes that could cost an average of $18,000 per year for each farm, and for those farmers that draw water for irrigation the cost would be in excess of $63,000 per year, says DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.Read More
Over a six-year period, DairyNZ is investing $450,000 of the farmers' levy annually in a research programme called Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL).
Here, we highlight some key discoveries made about catch crops and fodder beet.
In Canterbury, FRNL has been investigating the potential yield and reduced risk of nitrate leaching from using oats as a catch-crop after winter-grazed kale.
We found catch crops can:
* Reduce soil mineral nitrogen and nitrate (N) leaching by about 30 per cent
* Increase dry matter (DM) yield on the same land by 6-12t DM/ha annually, depending on the season and sowing date
* Cut the cost of growing DM by 3c/kg DM.
That's good news but, before sowing a catch crop, farmers should consider whether their farm has reliable summer rain or irrigation for establishment of the next main crop.Read More
For the first time, New Zealand's farming leaders have come together not to lobby a government or defend environmental criticism but to make a pledge for change.
The change committed to is for New Zealand's rivers being swimmable for our children and grandchildren.
It's not that we have been blind to the environmental challenges New Zealand is facing. But like climate change, some issues are too large for just one sector to manage on its own. Water quality is one of them.
While the dairy sector voluntarily launched the sustainable dairying water accord in 2013, and has made significant headway improving farming practices, this is the first time all livestock farming sectors have agreed to work together for change.
But we alone can't make all the changes needed to improve the country's water issues.Read More
DairyNZ welcomes the release of a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, which recommends New Zealand approach climate change in a similar manner to the United Kingdom.
Dr Jan Wright recommends the Government set up an independent Climate Change Commission to propose carbon budgets as stepping stones towards meeting greenhouse gas targets, which would provide certainty and transparency about how New Zealand climate change targets will be met.Read More