Mayfield/Carew/Westerfield Discussion Group - September

Take this opportunity to see a profitable farming operation with a proactive sustainable focus!

Ruapuna is a 1,400-cow farm on a 375 effective ha milking platform with a 250ha irrigated support block. 


The farm has been involved as a monitor farm under the Forage for Reduced Nitrate Leaching (FRNL) project across its six years. This was to practically see what opportunities there are to uptake mitigation options on a whole farm scale on commercial farms.  


There will be discussion around the farms own journey of implementing mitigation strategies, including:



  • Using plantain in the mixes

  • Lower N crops

  • Catch crops

  • Identifying their own efficiencies for cow numbers

  • Reducing support block size and irrigating. 


There will be a seasonal discussion post main calving period, heading towards mating 


Hear from the Ruapuna team on their own journey as a monitor farm and some of the learnings they have and are still implementing on farm 


Finishing with a BBQ lunch to catch up with others.

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