Updated: September 2021
Fresh water requirements
A number of new rules have recently come into effect or will do in the next few months. Below is a summary of these key rules. For more detail see the Freshwater Regulation page. If you need a resource consent contact your regional council.
Fresh Water Farm Plans, low slope map and intensive winter grazing consultations
On 14 July 2021, the Government announced consultation on Fresh Water Farm Plan (FW-FP) regulations as well as changes to the low slope maps used for Stock Exclusion regulations. Consultation is open from 26 July until 26 September.
The Government is also consulting on changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations. Consultation is open from 26 August to 7 October.
Freshwater farm plans
- Freshwater farm plans discussion document, summary and Frequently asked questions.
- A summary of DairyNZ’s key points and initial positions on the discussion document is available here.
- Submit on Freshwater Farm Plans here.
Low slope map for stock exclusion
- Stock exclusion regulations: Proposed changes to the low slope map: Discussion document.
- The interactive stock exclusion map.
- Submit on the proposed changes to the low slope map for the stock exclusion regulations here.
Intensive winter grazing
- Intensive Winter Grazing Discussion Document and Summary document.
- DairyNZ's webpage on intensive winter grazing to learn more about the consultation and our views.
- Submit on the proposed changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations here.
- Further information on the consultation is available on the Ministry for the Environment website.
- Find information on workshops and webinar events here.
Nitrogen fertiliser limits commence
- A 190kg N/ha per year cap commences from 01 July 2021 and dairy farms will be required to report on synthetic nitrogen use by 31 July each year (first report due 31 July 2022).
- Dairy farmers need to have a system in place now to record their nitrogen use.
- If you apply more than 190kg N/ha per year you will need to reduce your N fertiliser use or apply for a resource consent. See Strategies to reduce N use.
Stock holding restrictions apply
- From 01 July 2021 stand-off pads and other stockholding areas need to meet minimum requirements, including minimum permeability to prevent contaminant loss, containment of effluent and minimum distances from water bodies.
- If all minimum standards are not met, resource consent will be required.
- Most farmers will now be receiving an emissions report from their milk supply company that meets the minimum requirements under our agriculture sector partnership He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN). Visit the He Waka Eke Noa website for more information.
- Farm Plans will also be updated to include how to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions based on guidance developed as part of HWEN. Contact your dairy company or rural professional for details. View the guidance here.
- The HWEN partnership is now tasked with creating a method for pricing emissions from livestock and fertiliser from 2025. This is an alternative to being in the Emissions Trading Scheme and should give farmers more control over how revenue is collected and where it is used. Find the partnership’s timeline here.
- You will have a chance to have a say on the pricing method in November 2021. DairyNZ will keep you informed.
- The Government will soon respond to the Climate Change Commission’s advice. You will have a chance to feedback on the final recommendations in July/August. See the Climate Change Commission page.
- We are seeking clarity from Ministry for Environment and regional councils on how the N cap rules will be applied, specifically on which records to keep and the reporting to regional councils.
- DairyNZ is providing support to farmers to develop a wintering plan and a ‘plan B’ for caring for stock in adverse weather
- As a partner in He Waka Eke Noa we are working with other sector organisations, federation of Māori authorities and government to ensure pricing options are fair and practical using scientific and economic expertise.