Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord

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. 

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 new Water Accord will be effective for the 2013/14 dairy season, from 1 August 2013.

The Water Accord is one of the first actions for the new dairy industry strategy, Making Dairy Farming Work for Everyone. Click here for more information.

If you would like more information, please contact your dairy company or you can email

NZ Dairy Industry by Numbers 2011-12
Cows (milking) 4.6 million (63% in North Island; 37% in South Island)
Number of herds 11,798
Average herd size 393
Total effective dairy farmland 1.64 million ha
Billions of milk litres processed (annually) 19.1 billion
Export earnings (largest dairy exporter in the world but 8th largest producer – 2.5 % of world dairy production) $13.7 billion NZ dollars
Share of world trade in dairy products  36%