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The Challenge! A personal perspective. I believe: Every farmer needs to be on path of continual improvement around nutrient efficiency. That protection and improvement of water quality is a good thing. That there is still much we do not understand, particularly about groundwater.

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the challenge a personal perspective
The Challenge!A personal perspective
  • I believe:
  • Every farmer needs to be on path of continual improvement around nutrient efficiency.
  • That protection and improvement of water quality is a good thing.
  • That there is still much we do not understand, particularly about groundwater.
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I am concerned about the increasing gap between rich & poor.

I believe that Maori cultural & economic renaissance is a good for NZ,

I sympathise with Maori position on water.

My economic wellbeing is off no consequence.

The collective economic wellbeing of a community is critical to addressing social issues.

however
However
  • But I do feel threatened and isolated by the impact of likely changes around N loss.
  • This is a sensitive catchment with :
    • High rainfall, - >1500 mm
    • Free draining soils - Pumice
    • High natural water quality.
the challenge
The Challenge
  • 30% of Horizons farmers @ 30kgs/ha N loss or over, 92% of CP at 30kgs/ha N or over.
  • If 30kgs N loss ha becomes the target then grass based farming will cease on the Tokoroa Plateau. (rainfall dependant) My view.
what we have done
What we have done:
  • Stocking rate from 2.9 cows - 2.2 cows/ha.
  • Reduced N applied from 240kgs to (120-140)kgs/ha
  • Have improved per cow performance from 360kgs to 490 kgs/cow,
  • Feeds inputs primarily 120 round bales hay & 60 t PKE
  • Have improved per hectare from 900 to over 1200 kgs back to 1100kgs/ha
  • Financially performed at top end based on Dairybase.
  • Have targeted 30kgs N/ha loss
  • We are one of lowest leaching farms on the Tokoroa Plateau.
options for us
Options for us:
  • Winter cows off on another property,
  • Lay down concrete and intensify back to 3 cows – 4 cows ha,
  • Exit
we need good policy
We need good policy
  • Based on facts - not models,
  • Based on statistically significant data sets.
  • Everyone moving the same direction,
  • A balance between the goals otherwise it will be the poorest who suffer.
  • I am looking to collect 200-300 financial data sets,
  • Collect the plans for each of those farms to reach a N/loss target,
  • Costs/benefits of the required changes,
  • Full economic analysis of impacts by the likes of BERL
  • Timeline – as soon as can get support.
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