A series of EnviroReady Field Days will give Northland farmers a chance to see simple changes that other farmers are making on their farms to reduce their environmental footprint.
The interactive day for farmers hosted by DairyNZ and Northland Regional Council will give farmers practical tips on how to future-proof their farm.
DairyNZ catchment engagement leader Helen Moodie says the biggest benefit of the field days are that visitors can see practical changes farmers are making and why.
"These days are about raising awareness. It’s about understanding what is coming and why and small changes you can make to stay up to speed. You’ll be able to see what works well for others."
Information will include the benefits of metering farm water to increase water use efficiency, simple strategies to minimise sediment movement around the farm and the importance of capturing effluent from other areas besides the milking shed.
Helen says the days will provide plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.
Farmers hosting field days are; Mark Keskic and Murray Fell, Kaukapaka; Ambie and Jan Beatty, Tangiteroria; Ken Finlayson, Matarau; and Alec Jack, Moerewa.
EnviroReady field days
29 April - Mark Keskic/Murray Fell – 301 West Coast Road, Kaukapakapa SN 19472
30 April - Ambie and Jan Beatty- SH14 Tangiteroria (1st farm after the bridge). SN 18555
13 May - Ken Finlayson end of Finlayson Road Matarau SN 13854
14 May - Alec Jack end of Ngawhitu Road, Moerewa (off Otira Road) SN 10943
The field days run from 10.30am till 2.20pm and lunch is provided.
For more information contact Mark Gasquoine (027 706 6142) or Helen Moodie (021 816 365).
DairyNZ Marketing Manager - Sustainability
027 706 4784