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There are 18 questions in this section and it should take around 6
minutes to complete.
Nutrient limits - Nitrogen rules confirmed
1a. If your farm is subject to Nitrogen based rules that are confirmed and in place with deadlines - are you meeting them?
I know what they are, and meet the requirements.
I know what they are, but aren’t currently meeting the requirements.
I am unsure of whether my region has rules and if I meet any of those requirements.
N/A to me
Nutrient limits - Nitrogen rules proposed
1b. If your farm is in a region with Nitrogen based rules proposed but not confirmed – are you aware of what the potential requirement will be?
Yes – and I am considering options for my farm to meet these limits
Yes – but I haven’t considered what this will mean on my farm.
No – I am not aware of what is proposed
N/A to me
Nutrient limits - No nitrogen rules
1c. If your farm is in a region with no Nitrogen based rules, are you working towards good farming practice?
Yes – I am implementing actions to reduce Nitrogen loss in accordance with Good Farming Practice.
No – I am unsure of what good practice requires for my farm.
N/A to me
Nutrient management - Nutrient levels
2. Are the Phosphate (Olsen P), Potassium and Sulphur levels on your farm in the optimum range?
Yes – for all areas of the farm
Some blocks on the farm are above optimum
Some blocks on the farm are below optimum
I don’t know
Nutrient management - Fertiliser application
3. Do fertiliser application protocols meet Good Management Practice, to minimise the risk of it leaching or running off and entering waterbodies?
Yes – I am implementing actions to ensure fertiliser is applied in accordance with Good Practice.
Unsure - I am unsure of what good Management Practice requires for fertiliser application on my farm
No – I am aware that fertiliser application on my farm is not consistent with Good Practice.
Water use and irrigation - Washdown
4. Has the regional council authorised the water you are using in the dairy shed for milk cooling and washdown?
I know the rules in our Council Regional Plan, and are compliant with them.
I am aware that my farm does not comply with the rules in our Council Regional Plan.
I am not aware of what the rules in the regional plan are, or what my actual water use is.
Water use and irrigation - Irrigation consent
5. Are you meeting consent conditions for your resource consent to irrigate pasture?
Yes – I am aware of the conditions on my resource consent, and ensure that these are always met.
Unsure – I am unsure of what the conditions on my resource consent are, or whether they are always met.
No – I am either unaware of the conditions on my consent, or know that I do not meet them.
Water use and irrigation - Pasture irrigation
6. How do you schedule your pasture irrigation activities?
Based on Physical soil assessment. i.e. looking at paddock or neighbours irrigation.
Record rainfall and base on soil moisture.
Have soil moisture technology but don't fully utilise.
Fully utilise soil moisture technology
7. Is there ponding or runoff after application of farm dairy effluent to land?
No ponding or runoff occurs after application of effluent to land.
Yes, ponding occurs for up to 4 hours post application.
Both ponding and runoff occur consistently after application.
I do not have a system for land application of my Farm Dairy Effluent.
8. Do you have enough storage for your farm dairy effluent so you can cope with system breakdowns and never having to irrigate when soils are too wet?
Yes, based on the Dairy Effluent Storage Calculator
I think so – although I don’t know how much storage I have.
I do not have enough storage to cope with these situations.
I do not have any storage of effluent and rely on daily irrigation.
9. Is your pond sealed with either a properly constructed clay liner, or a synthetic liner, and can you prove it's not leaking?
Yes, it's sealed and can prove it's not leaking.
I can't prove it's not leaking.
Waterways - stock
10. Are stock excluded from all waterbodies (inc. Drains, where the water will eventually reach a natural waterbody, wetlands and lakes) on the milking platform and any support land?
Yes – stock exclusion on both milking platform and all support land
Partially - Only on milking platform, not support land
Partially – still some fencing to carry out on both milking platform and support land.
Waterways - Riparian planning
11. Do you have a Riparian Plan in place?
Yes – riparian plan in place, and being implemented.
I have a plan, but am not currently implementing it.
I don’t have a riparian plan in place.
There are no waterways on my farm
Risk assessment - Critical source areas
12. Have Critical Source Areas been identified and practices put in place to manage them to minimise sediment and P loss? (e.g. erosion, cultivation, winter grazing, race/laneways)
Yes – I have identified these areas and have a plan in place to manage them.
Sort of – I have a plan in place, but am not currently implementing it for all areas identified.
No – I don’t have a plan for these areas.
Understanding environmental risks
13. Do you want to know more about the environmental risks across the farm and do you want to quickly assess them?
No, I am confident that I am doing all I can at the moment.
Yes – I would like to know more about this.
Risk assessment - Compliance
14. Has the Regional Council or a Milk Supply Company audit identified any compliance issues on your farm?
No issues have been identified in my recent audit or compliance visit.
Issues have been identified in my recent audit or compliance visit.
Knowledge and skills
16. Do you and your team have the knowledge and skills to get the results you want/need in environmental management?
Yes, there is sufficient knowledge and skills within the business in this area.
Either me or one/some of my employees could improve our knowledge and skills in this area.
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