Case Study 2 - Lower Aparima Catchment Group
This 363 ha dairy farm near Riverton consists of flat to rolling country.
Currently milking 1060 cows producing approximately 530,000 kg MS on primarily moderately to imperfectly drained silt soils (tile drains across property).
Cows wintered off farm and calves off farm from weaning. 4.5 ha swedes grown on farm for dry cows prior to calving.
The soils on the property consist of 231.7 ha Waikiwi deep moderately well drained silt, 89.8 ha Woodlands deep imperfectly drained silt and 28.9 ha Makarewa deep poorly drained clay.
We are currently working with the farm owners, Agrimagic, business advisors, friends and catchment group members to workshop mitigations and what next for the farm.
Looking to the future and what can be done on farm to help meet up coming regulations.
Details of farm systems to be modelled:
- Optimisation: completed
- Retire 10% of land for wetland/natives and production forestry
- 600 cows self contained and crops
- Sheep milking – more time consuming