Protecting waterways - progress report
Four Years On… a new report on the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord sets out farmers’ key achievements in protecting waterways.
This report includes updated reporting methods to provide even greater data assurances. Farmers have made continuous improvements on bridges, culverts, nutrient management plans, effluent assessment, and effluent management.
Highlights - what we've achieved so far
97.5% of the waterways on New Zealand dairy farms are now excluded from dairy cattle.
More than 99.7% of 44,386 regular stock crossing points on dairy farms now have bridges or culverts.
10,614 nutrient budgets have been processed for farmers.
176 rural professionals are now Certified Nutrient Management Advisors (accumulating total).
13 regionally-tailored riparian guides have been produced by DairyNZ in partnership with regional councils to assist with practical advice.
24,744 kilometres of fenced-off and measured waterways.
About the Water Accord
The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord is a set of national good management practice benchmarks aimed at lifting environmental performance on dairy farms.
The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord was launched in July 2013 setting out the dairy industry’s commitment to improving water quality in New Zealand. The first annual progress report detailed what the Accord achieved in its first year of operation from June 2013 to May 2014.
The Water Accord 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.
The Water Accord is one of the first actions for the new dairy industry strategy, Making Dairy Farming Work for Everyone.
Sustainable Dairying Water Accord - Four Years On Report
Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord