You can see and follow what other farms in Selwyn and Hinds are doing on this webpage. You might pick up some ideas or tips you want to apply on your farm. New partner farm profiles will continue to be added over the coming months.
As part of this DairyNZ funded project, we host a range of events for local farmers where you have the opportunity to see how other farms are adapting their farming systems. Check for upcoming events here.
We will be expanding this project into the Waimakariri and Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora (OTOP) zones in the 2020/21 season. If you are farming in this area there is the opportunity to become involved as a partner farm.
If you are a rural professional, you can work with the project team to find the most appropriate solutions for your client farmers and assist with this project.
For more information about the project please contact Project Lead Virginia Serra on 021 932 515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marv and Jane Pangborn - Selwyn Te Waihora
Alderbrook Farms have focused on continuous improvement over the past 20 years and are always striving to be better.
Tony Dodunski – Selwyn Te Waihora
Beaumaris Dairies is in the Cultural Sensitive Zone, so Mahinga Kai is of high importance. Phosphorus and heavy soils are a challenge, while N loss targets are already met.
Grant and Jan Early – Hinds/Hakeao Plains
Grant and Jan have been part of the FRNL project, and are carrying on their environmental improvement journey with Meeting a Sustainable Future.
Tony Coltman and Dana Carver, Canlac – Selwyn Te Waihora
Tony and Dana have been part of the FRNL project, and are recent winners of the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Athol and Jane New – Hinds / Hekeao Plains
Mayview Farm have focused on making sure their irrigation systems are operating efficiently through bucket testing and irrigation scheduling to avoid any unnecessary nitrogen losses.
Jeremy Casey and Kim Solly – BackTrack Dairies
BackTrack Dairies are two dairy farms in the Methven area, involved in a multiyear nutrient management comparison. Both farms have reduced nitrogen usage, and N loss.
Mick and Kirsten O’Connor, Terrace Farm, Dairy Holdings – Selwyn Te Waihora
Mick and Kirsten are herd owning sharemilkers for Dairy Holdings. They have reduced their N fertiliser by dropping Jan and Feb applications, and using a simple plan for applying N.
Matt and Amanda Ward – Coringa Park Dairies – Hinds / Hekeao Plains
Matt and Amanda operate Coringa Park Dairies, a 550-ha milking platform, milking 2,140 cows, and a 110-ha support block. They are focussing on fertiliser and irrigation efficiency.