DairyNZ’s Step Change project
Designed to help dairy farmers achieve financial gains, while making progress towards environmental goals and adapting to pending regulations.
Through Step Change, DairyNZ, with other sector organisations, will deliver information, resources and support to help you lift profit while contributing to better water quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This includes sharing information from projects where farmers have already achieved these gains as well as access to tailored science-based solutions.
Dairy farming is constantly evolving. Current drivers for change include:
As a starting point, understanding four key numbers will help provide clarity on where the opportunities might lie in your business and how you compare. Those are:
Depending on where the opportunities are in your business there will be a number of areas you might choose to focus on.
If you want to know more about how to start or continue the Step Change journey contact us.
Due to targets set by Canterbury Regional Council farmers in Selwyn and Hinds have had to look at ways to reduce nitrogen losses. Since 2018, 50 dairy farms in those catchments have been taking part in a five-year DairyNZ project that is influencing change on hundreds of farms in the region.
Along with the 50 partner farms, 210 dairy operations (out of 460) in both the Selwyn and Hinds catchments have been surveyed, and almost all have adapted their farming practices.
We are using lessons learnt through Selwyn Hinds in the Step Change project.
You can learn more about what they did to reduce N losses.
How can we implement change if the policies are not set yet?
Will this mean less milk produced by the sector?
Very likely unless there is a technical innovation (such as feed additives or a methane vaccine) widely available before 2030.
Why should we change when we are already one of the most sustainable milk producers in the world?
The government has set a target of 10% reduction in methane by 2030. This is an absolute, not intensity-based target so we still need to reduce our total methane output
What extra value will we get from our milk for reducing our environmental footprint?
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