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Te Whenua Hou Te Whenua Whitiora - the new land the new horizon is a Ngāi Tahu-led regenerative agriculture project that aims to develop a future-proof dairy farm system that incorporates mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge).
The goal of the project is to develop a system which has positive impacts on soil, staff, animals, and the environment (in comparison with a conventional system) including:
The research farm is 286 ha, milking 915 cows. Its performance will be compared with the adjacent 325 ha conventional farm, milking 1040 cows. The farms are on a stony soil in Canterbury, north of the Waimakariri river.
The regenerative and conventional farms currently undertake baseline measurements and prepare the infrastructure. Monitoring will start in the 2023/24 season and will run for seven years.
This project aims to utilise mātauranga Māori and regenerative principles to demonstrate positive system changes which farmers can assess and potentially incorporate into their own systems.
The project is led by Ngāi Tahu Farming in partnership with Ngāi Tūāhuriri. It is co-funded by Ngāi Tahu Farming and MPI’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund. DairyNZ is collaborating with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, AgResearch, Soil Connection, and the AgriBusiness Group to deliver the research.