DairyNZ's Sustainable Milk Plan is approved by Environment Canterbury as a farm environment plan that meets the regulatory requirements of the Land & Water Regional Plan.
Under the Land & Water Regional Plan many dairy farmers will need a farm environment plan and the Sustainable Milk Plan has been created specifically for dairy farmers.
Together with milk companies, and some irrigation schemes, we are supporting you to develop a Sustainable Milk Plan for your property by funding agricultural consultants to deliver one-on-one advice and create farm-specific plans.
For more information see Environment Canterbury’s media release.
Sign up to get your plan sorted
The roll-out of Sustainable Milk Plans across the region is staggered to ensure that we can coordinate support for farmers in each catchment. It is important that you sign up to the process when it comes to your area so that we can support you.
We want to ensure all dairy farms have the opportunity to get a Sustainable Milk Plan when required by the Land and Water Regional Plan.
All dairy farmers in the Hurunui/Waiau zone completed Sustainable Milk Plans in the 2014-15 season. Farmers in the Selwyn Te Waihora zone have either completed one or are working on it now.
If you need a farm environment plan as part of an effluent consent renewal or wish to be proactive, please contact us so we can assist you.
How the Sustainable Milk Plan process works
- Complete a registration form for your dairy farm and return to email@example.com
- We will then gather the relevant information and send it to your chosen consultant.
- The consultant will come out and spend a few hours on farm with you working through the process to develop your plan.
- You keep your Sustainable Milk Plan up-to-date as things change.
Note: In many cases your farm will be required to be audited through a process that is being developed by Environment Canterbury. Make sure you keep records of all the things you do listed on your Sustainable Milk Plan.
We support Synlait Milk's Lead with Pride programme which is also approved to meet the Environment Canterbury regulations. If you supply Synlait Milk, please contact your environmental advisor about joining the programme.
Do you need a farm environment plan as part of an effluent consent renewal or wish to be proactive? Please contact Katherine on firstname.lastname@example.org or 022 071 0255 so we can assist you.
Preparing for a Sustainable Milk Plan farm visit
Find out what you need to prepare and what topics your Sustainable Milk Plan farm visit will cover here.
We have contracted agricultural consulting companies to deliver one-on-one advice to Canterbury farmers. This support helps you develop your own DairyNZ Sustainable Milk Plan.
Consultants are trained to do an on-farm environmental risk assessment for you and identify the good environmental management practices already in place and where opportunities for improvement are. The information is recorded in the Sustainable Milk Plan template which also outlines when improvements should be completed.
You can choose which consulting company you prefer to work with.