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Winter grazing farm plans trend up

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More farmers than ever had winter grazing plans in place and attended events this year, according to DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ.
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More farmers than ever had winter grazing plans in place and attended events this year, according to DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ.

An estimated 80% of dairy farmers had plans as the season got under way in June and more than 1200 farmers use B+LNZ’s new Winter Grazing Module.

DairyNZ farm performance general manager Sharon Morrell says DairyNZ consulted with 150 Southland and South Otago farmers, highlighting the prep and good management practices in place this past season.

“There’s a real community drive toward lifting practice and holding one another to account,” Morrell said.

“It’s a real credit to farmers as they bring a team approach.”

Winter grazing plans offered online by DairyNZ and B+LNZ’ saw a five-fold increase in downloads compared to 2019. These plans support the whole farm team to apply good practice winter grazing.

“We also saw an estimated 89%of dairy farms with a contingency plan for 2021. These are one of the most important things for farmers to have for a successful winter,” she said.

Farmers use a contingency plan to manage severe weather or bad paddock or soil conditions to help protect animal comfort and minimise mud, with flow-on benefits for environment and waterways.

DairyNZ and B+LNZ campaigns supported farmers to implement sustainable intensive winter grazing activities this year, and B+LNZ’s North Island general manager Corina Jordan says this work has been crucial to supporting farmers.

“The number of sheep and beef farmers with winter grazing plans in place this season was high. The number of attendees at our winter grazing events has more than doubled from last year and we know over 1200 farmers have our new Winter Grazing Module, either through our farm plan or attending a specific winter grazing workshop,” Jordan said.

Morrell says farmers say they’re appreciating the practical farmer-led approach.

“We’ll continue to work across the sector, with regional councils and farmers on achieving positive outcomes across animal welfare, the environment and sustainable farming business,” Morrell said.

New winter grazing rules will be coming into effect next year and a detailed plan for every winter crop paddock will help meet the outcomes required.

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