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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.


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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