Our first event was a Wintering Field Day in June, where over 50 people visited two farms with different wintering systems. The first farm had a focus on a block feeding kale system, buffer zones and a sediment trap, and the second was a generational wintering barn system. We talked about how to manage environmental risks around wintering, and learnt some top tips for fencing and portable watering troughs.
Environment Southland Land Sustainability staff got people thinking about good management practices for wintering, and the benefits of sediment traps, and Ewen Mathieson from the Pourakino Catchment Group, talked about his experience with Catchment Groups and how they can benefit our farms, businesses and the local community. This was followed by an excellent BBQ and a few yarns.
In June the group also took part in a nationwide eDNA (environmental DNA) water quality monitoring programme (along with the other Southland Catchment Groups), to provide valuable information on the plants and animals found in and around New Zealand’s waterways. Their sample was taken from the Waianiwa Stream.