Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord

A new set of national good management practice benchmarks aimed at lifting environmental performance on dairy farms has been agreed between DairyNZ and dairy companies, with the support and input from a wide range of industry stakeholders including Federated Farmers.

Water Accord - dairy industry steps up

This Water Accord is a new, broader and more comprehensive commitment than the previous Clean Streams Accord that ended in 2012.

It includes commitments to targeted riparian planting plans, effluent management, comprehensive standards for new dairy farms and measures to improve the efficiency of water and nutrient use on farms.

The Water Accord is one of the first actions for the new dairy industry strategy, Making Dairy Farming Work for Everyone. If you would like more information, please contact your dairy company or you can email


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