Let's make a difference this winter
The farming sector has developed two resources to assist you with wintering this year. The first is a quick checklist you can use to spot any improvements you can make before winter arrives. The second is a Winter Grazing Plan which demonstrates to the Government that there is a commitment amongst farmers to continue lifting wintering standards. By using this guide, you’re taking the right steps to continue lifting on-farm winter grazing standards.
National and regional regulations
In March 2021, the Intensive Winter Grazing component of the National Environmental Standard-Freshwater changed. This change means the rules have been put on hold for a year, allowing for an IWG module in a freshwater farm plan (FW-FP) to be implemented. Despite this, a number of regional councils still have their own existing rules in place which you must comply with this winter. These rules can be found here.
Wintering hotline - make the right call
We know farmers are working hard this winter to ensure their animals and the environment are well cared for. But not everyone gets it right all the time so we’re providing support. If you see something that doesn’t look right phone 0800 FARMING. Calls are confidential. Sector representatives in the local area will visit the farm and work with the farmer to address problems.
An effective wintering system
- supports good animal health and welfare
- minimises soil and nutrient loss to the environment
- complies with regional council regulations
- protects valuable topsoil
- complements the overall dairy farm system and the work of the team on farm
- has a contingency plan for periods of adverse weather