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Winter Feed Crops: Management After Grazing

Careful management of paddocks after winter grazing can reduce damage to soil structure and loss in productivity, while reducing further environmental losses that could potentially affect water quality.

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Considering a catch crop

The purpose of a catch crop is to increase annual dry matter production, to take up soil mineral and urine nitrogen and to reduce the risk of leaching or runoff.

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DairyNZ

Reducing Nitrogen Fertiliser Use

Using less N fertiliser can contribute to better water quality and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. If reviewing your use of N fertiliser, the tips below can help you form a plan.

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DairyNZ

Managing Nitrogen Fertiliser

Getting the timing and application rate of nitrogen fertiliser right will help increase efficiency and minimise N leaching to waterways.

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DairyNZ

Forages for reduced nitrate leaching programme

The DairyNZ-led programme Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching – a cross-sector approach (2013-2019) provided new scientific knowledge, tools and technologies for forage production that can amount to more than 20% reduction of nitrate leaching from dairy, arable, sheep and beef and mixed-farming systems.

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DairyNZ

Reducing Nitrogen Losses

A guide to good management practices relating to reducing nitrogen losses from farm

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DairyNZ

Good management practices

A guide to good environmental management on dairy farms

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DairyNZ

A guide to reducing contaminants entering tile drains

Many farms in Southland are dependent on an efficient soil drainage system to maintain pasture production and use. This is made up of subsurface mole and tile (pipe) drains that transport soil water to open drains and waterways.

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Environment Southland

Nutrient Management

Environment Southland is promoting the use of a nutrient budget as good management practice to ensure farmers gain a greater awareness and understanding of nutrient management for their farm.

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Environment Southland

Bioreactor Trail: Reducing Nitrates

This is an ongoing project which aims to reduce in drain nitrate concentrations using a wood chip bioreactor. Go to this website to get updates on the project and their findings

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Living Water

Effective Nutrient Management on deer farms

Things to consider on deer farms to ensure that nutrients remain in the paddock

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DINZ

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Filter Trials

Two filters were installed near the Waituna Lagoon in 2016 and were monitored for 3 years. This website explains how the trial was conducted, the potential of filters as a mitigation and the practicality of including this mitigation on farm

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Living Water

Nutrient Management on your dairy farm

A farmer’s guide to understanding how nitrogen and phosphorus enter, cycle through and leave your dairy farm

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DairyNZ 

Identifying Contaminants

There are many options available to improve the health of our waterways. This page will help you understand the actions you can take.

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DairyNZ

Natural seepage wetlands and nitrogen losses

They may be generally disliked by farmers and thought of as troublesome ‘bogs’, but seepage wetlands have proven highly effective at preventing contaminants from reaching waterways. These so-called ‘kidneys of the land’ could serve as one useful tool in the dairy sector’s efforts to reduce nitrate leaching.

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DairyNZ

Constructed wetlands to reduce contaminant loss from pastoral farms

Key design guidelines and performance estimates for constructed wetlands

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DairyNZ

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