Environmental, Campbell Tait (Canterbury)
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The Tait Family Trust operates a dairy farm in Lowcliffe, Ashburton, along with a support block for young stock and winter grazing. The page reviews two strategies for their farm. The 'low intensity' approach promotes a more pasture-centric system, resulting in reduced emissions and nitrogen loss, and increased profitability. However, it demands more intricate grazing management. The 'infrastructure' scenario prioritises resource efficiency and infrastructure investment to cut down environmental harm and maintain moderate farming intensity. Though requiring significant initial investment, this method provides greater adaptability across seasons. Campbell Tait, the farm owner, recognises the value of such modelling in making informed decisions for sustainable dairy farming.
Tait Family Trust is an intergenerational family-owned dairy business. The home farm (275ha total) is located in Lowcliffe, Ashburton and produces around 1,601kg MS/ha, 513kg MS/cow operating a system four production system.
A 123ha support block, located 1km east of the dairy farm, provides young stock and winter grazing.
Two options for this farm were modelled:
“DairyNZ modelling provided invaluable information to reduce nitrogen loss and GHGs. It showed us where we could get the biggest impact, sometimes by making relatively small changes. I hope my learnings and those of the other project farmers will help others identify the best ways to reduce N loss and emissions on their farms.”
- Campbell Tait, farm owner
|Change from current system||Scenario 1 – Low Intensity||Scenario 2 – Infrastructure|
|N leaching (%)||-26%||-27%|
|GHG losses (%)||-10%||-1%|
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