The project allows for free, one-one-one advice and support to be delivered to 700 farms in the catchment. The aim is to reduce nutrient and sediment loads going into the Waikato River as well as improve water use efficiency on farm.
The project is managed by DairyNZ and is strongly supported by the wider dairy industry, including Fonterra, Open Country and Miraka dairy companies. It has been co-funded by DairyNZ, central government and by the Waikato River Authority.
The Authority has invested $685,000 over three years in this project. The remainder of the $2.2m in funding comes from DairyNZ levy funds and the Primary Growth Partnership
- Upper Waikato Sustainable Milk Project brochure
- DairyNZ Sustainable Milk Plan Template
- Upper Waikato Sustainable Milk Project FAQ
A wide range of agricultural consulting companies have been contracted by DairyNZ to provide free, one-on-one advice to every farmer in the Upper Waikato catchment.
This advice and support aims to help farmers develop their own DairyNZ Sustainable Milk Plan.
Farmers can choose which consulting company they would prefer to work with. A list of contracted companies, and key contacts is listed below:
Contracted companies / key contacts
Contact Name Company Phone Email / Website James Allen AgFirst 07 839 2683
0274 743 093
Doug Edmeades agKnowledge 07 834 0316
0272 780 322
Neil McLean Agricultural Business Assoc. 0274 947 865 Ian Power Ballance Agri-nutrients 027 702 6092 email@example.com
Paul Lawrey Dairy Solutions Ltd 07 823 4345
027 249 3807
Linda Yates Farmwise 07 859 4233
027 479 3636
Alison Dewes Headlands 021 242 4949 firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers who supply Miraka Dairy Company should contact Denis Collins (email@example.com, 07 376 0075 or 021 647 160) to discuss contracted Miraka consultants.
If you wish to discuss this consultant list, please contact Adrian Brocksopp (adrian.brocksopp@dairynz, 07 859 4066 or 027 702 4366) or Mike Bramley (firstname.lastname@example.org, 07 858 3776 or 0274 978 790).
A Steering Group has been formed to guide the Upper Waikato Sustainable Milk Project.
Steering Group members
Mike Scarsbrook (Project Leader) DairyNZ Mike Bramley DairyNZ Adrian Brocksopp DairyNZ Bruce Thorrold DairyNZ Richard Allen Fonterra Alan Campbell Waikato Regional Council Anne McLeod Waikato Regional Council Liam O'Halloran Miraka Monique Houghton Open Country Dairy John Fairweather Open Country Dairy George Moss Farmer, Chair Dairy Push Clinton Hemana Awhina Group, Tauhara Dairy, Te Arawa Mac Pacey Federated Farmers Dairy, Rotorua/Taupo Aaron Stafford Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ian Power Ballance Agri-Nutrients Grant Kettle Raukawa Charitable Trust Steph O'Sullivan Raukawa Charitable Trust James Allen NZIPIM Martin Bennett Farmer, Upper Waikato Catchment
& Waikato Irrigators group
Key DairyNZ staff
Dr Mike Scarsbrook - Project leader
Mike manages DairyNZ’s environmental programme and focuses on building partnerships which help dairy farmers to adopt environmental best practice while maintaining profitability. Mike has been involved in a number of important catchment initiatives including projects at Lake Rotorua, Manawatu River and Waituna Lagoon. Prior to joining DairyNZ, Mike was a freshwater scientist at NIWA.
Adrian Brocksopp - Project manager
Adrian joined DairyNZ in early 2013 as Project Manager, Catchment Engagement. Prior to that, he worked for Ballance Agri-Nutrients for eight years, the last 3 1/2 as Waikato area sales manager. Adrian was raised on a family farm in Leicestershire in the UK and has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in agriculture.
Mike Bramley - Environmental Extension Specialist
Mike Bramley is an Environment Extension Specialist with DairyNZ. Mike has a range of experience in farm systems and the environment. He was a Consulting Officer on the West Coast of the South Island and the Waikato. For the last 9 years he has been working in the environment space as a Business Developer and Environmental Extension specialist throughout New Zealand. Mike has Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University.
- Dairy Farmers for a Sustainable Future - A networking group for New Zealand dairy farmers and others with an interest in the efforts dairy farmers are making to farm sustainably. Join this group on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DF4SF