The field days will be held in Hinds (25 November) and Dunsandel (27 November) and will focus on identifying and managing environmental risks on-farm and helping farmers demonstrate good management practice.
DairyNZ catchment engagement leader, Tony Fransen, says the events are about being proactive so farmers have confidence in their systems meeting regulations.
"Farmers will receive practical solutions to take home and implement on their farm," says Tony.
Four sessions will be held throughout the day focusing on nutrient management, research and development, soils, effluent and irrigation, and land management.
The nutrient management session will focus on the nutrient budget as a tool for understanding nitrogen movement through a farm system and the key drivers for nutrient loss.
Options to reduce nutrient loss and the financial implications of changing systems will be covered by DairyNZ scientist Dawn Dally during the research and development session.
Paddock sessions will include understanding soil type and moisture levels, managing effluent and irrigator systems efficiently, the benefits of on-farm planting, waste management and identifying high-risk areas on-farm.
Rural professionals on-hand
Certified professionals will be available on the day to provide one-on-one advice to farmers.
These include effluent and irrigation designers from accredited companies, effluent WOF assessors, nutrient management advisors, soil specialists, native plant suppliers and recycling depot representatives. A list of staff training courses will also be available.
Sustainable Milk Plan
DairyNZ’s Sustainable Milk Plan has been approved by Environment Canterbury as a farm environment plan that meets the regulatory requirements of the Land and Water Regional Plan.
Tony says the field days will give farmers a chance to start preparing for their Sustainable Milk Plan with support on-hand.
"Many of the good management practices farmers will be implementing already – the next step is to demonstrate this by recording them in a plan," says Tony.
Canterbury EnviroReady events
Registration is not required and a barbecue lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, November 25
Golden Dairies, 104 Winslow Willowby Rd, SN 2252
Thursday, November 27
Synlait farms - Tapatoru, 250 Waikimihia Rd, SN 1104