Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord
This month Dairy NZ launched Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord as the first part of a wider dairy industry strategy. The Water Accord commitments include: • 90% exclusion of stock from all waterways by May 2014; 100% exclusion by May 2017; 100% exclusion from significant wetlands by May 2014. • Stock crossings bridged or culverted by May 2018. • Riparian management plans for all farms by May 2020. • Nutrient management: Farms must supply their dairy company with information that will allow for the modelling of nitrogen loss and nitrogen conversion efficiency. Data collected and performance benchmarked for 100% of dairy farms by November 2015. Effluent management and compliance: All dairy farm effluent systems must be capable of being compliant with the regional council rules 365 days per year. 100% of farms to be assessed by May 2014. The following organisations have pledged their commitment to the Accord; Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand; New Zealand dairy companies; Fonterra; Open Country; Miraka; Synlait; Tatua; Fertiliser Association of New Zealand; Ballance Agri-Nutrients; Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative; Federated Farmers Dairy Section; Irrigation New Zealand; and NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management.