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.
- Farmers for the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord - Media Release July 2013 (Federated Farmers)
- Fonterra backs new Water Accord - Media Release July 2013 (Fonterra)
- New dairy industry strategy sets ambitious agenda - Media Release July 2013 (DairyNZ)
- One page summary - a quick summary of what this means for farmers
- The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord (full document)
- Frequently asked questions - more information on how the Accord will be implemented
- Dairy industry steps up with new water quality agreement - Media Release February 2013 (DairyNZ)
- New dairy accord shows farmers taking leadership on environmental issues - Media Release February 2013 (NZ Government)
- Fonterra Remains Committed To Improving Water Quality - Media Release February 2013 (Fonterra)
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 email@example.com
|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%|