The Clutha Agricultural Development Board (AgBoard) is
holding a free seminar to give farmers the tools to develop a
plan to manage their farm environment and meet their Plan
Change 6A obligations.
Facilitator Graeme Pringle, of AgBoard, said seminars had
been completed at Lovells Flat and Owaka, and another was
planned for Clinton on July 29. He would take farmers through
Beef and Lamb New Zealand's Land and Environment Planning
(Lep) Toolkit workbooks.
''Lep shows farmers how to put together their own management
plan about what they are going to do to make their farm was
as good as possible to meet the Otago Region Council's new
rules,'' Mr Pringle said.
They need to bring in a map of their property and they will
be able to work out a plan themselves.
He said they would identify environmental issues on-farm
including run-off, erosion, sediment and water quality,
nitrogen, E.coli, and phosphorous management, slope and
They would also assess production opportunities and
environmental risks and develop an action plan.
While at the seminar, farmers would also take a field trip to
look at a paddock to discuss any problems that might be
present, which was why it would be necessary to bring
He said by completing the seminar, there would be a paper
trail, which would provide proof that they were doing their
best to address any issues they had.
The seminar will be at the Waiwera South Hall from
12.15pm-5pm on July 29. Pre-registration is essential on (03)
418-3188 or 027-522-3499. Lunch will be provided.
- by Yvonne O'Hara