Dairy Environment Leaders
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Dairy Environment Leaders (DEL) is a network of farmers who aim to encourage and create a sustainable future in dairy farming. As a part of this network, you will lead by example in reducing your farm's environmental footprint and support other farmers to do the same. The network undertakes various projects to improve local areas and hosts forums and webinars for like-minded farmers to network, attend training sessions, and learn about industry opportunities. If you are committed to environmental sustainability and wish to connect with others to bring positive change in the dairy industry, you can join the DEL movement.
Dairy Environment Leaders (DEL) is a farmer-led network who's vision is: 'Supporting dairy farmer actions to encourage and influence a sustainable future.'
Dairy Environment Leaders are dairy farmers who lead by example in reducing their environmental footprint, seek to support their fellow farmers to do the same, influence decision-makers to create fair and practical environmental policy, and share with the wider community the great work dairy farmers are doing.
As a combined group, they have undertaken some incredible projects to improve their local areas. Here are a few of them:
Each year, the Dairy Environment Leaders hold a regional or national farmer-led forum. The forum is typically in Wellington and is a chance for the farmers to:
The diverse backgrounds of Dairy Environment Leaders means a considerable amount of farming and industry knowledge is brought to the annual forum to accelerate positive change for the dairy industry.
Step 1: Know your numbers
Understand your environmental footprint and overall profitability by knowing your GHG emissions, purchased N surplus, and operating profit.
Step 2: Get a freshwater farm plan or FEP
Step 3: DEL commitments
Lead by example
Share your hard work
Step 4: Show pride and be recognised
Show pride in being a Dairy Environment Leader and be recognised for the work you do.
Step 5: Connect with other DELs
Connect with other DEL farmers to share ideas, stories, or inspiration through the Facebook group, national or regional DEL forums, catchment groups, or local DairyNZ events.