Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) will review the recently
completed season while seeking to improve its environmental
footprint, at its winter focus days over the next few
From next season, the farm planned to lower its nitrogen loss
level, South Island Dairying Development Centre executive
director Ron Pellow announced at the farm's autumn focus day
''The proposed Environment Canterbury land and water regional
plan variation one will require LUDF to operate at or below a
specific nitrogen loss to water target from 2017 and
potentially at a lower nitrogen loss level from 2022 onwards.
''As a demonstration farm, LUDF has determined it will seek
to operate from now on at lower nitrogen loss than
previously, to document how the farm can respond to these
requirements, and the implications, costs and opportunities
that may arise from this.''
Mr Pellow said LUDF was considering the effect of its
operation as a whole on the catchment, including the nitrogen
losses produced by cows while wintering away from the milking
He hoped other farmers operating as milking platforms only,
would benefit from LUDF's example.
''Understanding the implications of reducing nitrogen losses
on land that supports wintering, replacements and supplement
supplies is essential.
''Overlooking these changes increases the risk of reduced
supply and/or higher cost for support land requirements.''
Wintering for success field days
In lieu of its regular winter focus day, the Lincoln
University Dairy Farm will join with DairyNZ in hosting a
series of ''wintering for success'' field days. A barbecue
lunch will be held on arrival.
Culverden - June 27, 12-3pm, Balnadreich Farm, 758 Long
Oxford - July 2, 12-3pm, Cameron Henderson's property, 456
Burnt Hill Rd.
Mid-Canterbury - July 3, 12-3pm, John and Rachel Jefferson,
569 Maronan Ealing Rd, Ealing.
South Canterbury - July 9, 12-3pm, Brendan and Katya Caird,
60 Georgetown Rd, Temuka.
North Otago - July 8, 12-3pm, Jared and Susan Ross, Strachans