Environmental Planning Resource for Beef Farmers18 December 2012
NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand has launched a refreshed version of its Land and Environment Planning Toolkit, a resource to help sheep and beef farmers manage land and environmental issues on their farms.
The toolkit was launched by the Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams at an event in Christchurch.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive, Dr Scott Champion said New Zealand sheep and beef farmers had long recognised the importance of caring for the environment, particularly where families have been in the business of farming for generations. They understand the need to maintain and improve the natural resources of their farms for future generations.
"This tool helps farmers identify actions to improve production through good environmental management of the land, soil and water resources. These plans can help them meet regional council requirements too in all parts of the country."
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has taken the opportunity to roll out the new version of the LEP toolkit in Christchurch, given Environment Canterbury recently notified its regional land and water plan.
"We believe LEPs will be a useful tool for sheep and beef producers to take control of the issue themselves and develop innovative solutions to their individual environmental challenges."
Dr Champion said the sheep and beef sector was an important contributor to the New Zealand economy, producing NZ$7.5 billion a year in export returns. Consumers in New Zealand's red meat export markets value this country's commitment to environmentally sound practices.
The refreshed toolkits incorporate the latest land management information and the first of a new series of modules, on how to exclude stock from waterways.
TheCattleSite News Desk