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.