About the project
We have taken an integrated environmental approach focusing on water quality outcomes, while increasing farmer awareness of system change impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and farm profitability. By partnering with farmers across Southland and Otago we have recognized the range of landscape-specific vulnerabilities and farming systems that require different solutions. Through the partner farms and their communities, we have investigated options for improved environmental outcomes as well as extended the research from the Southern Dairy Hub.
Opportunities to manage your environmental footprint
- reducing the N surplus through more efficient N fertilizer use and reducing the reliance on imported supplement
- including plantain in pastures
- sowing catch crops following winter forage cropping
- investment in infrastructure reduced nutrient loss to water, however the impact on greenhouse gases and profitability will depend on the type of infrastructure and how it is integrated into the system.
Doug and Emma McLeod are 50:50 sharemilkers on flat to rolling land next to the Pomahaka River in South Otago.
Duncan and Anne-Marie are equity managers of a 210 ha flat farm near Taieri milking 695 cows.
Jon and Birgit are owner-operators of a 139-ha farm in Brydone, milking approximately 400 cows.
Rob and Rachael are farm owners for Brooklea Farm Ltd at Wendonside which was converted to dairy in 2008-09.
The Participatory Research: Enhanced Research Adoption project, is part of DairyNZ’s research work with the Southern Dairy Hub. It started in July 2019 and ends in June 2022. It’s led by DairyNZ, run jointly with AgResearch, and funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund. DairyNZ and the South Island Dairy Event are co-funders.