Workshops turn nitrogen reports into practical actions

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We want to take the mystery out of farm nitrogen reports, show what factors influence the numbers in reports, and leave farmers with some really practical ways to change their numbers for the better.

January 30, 2015

Workshops turn nitrogen reports into practical actions

Ballance Agri-Nutrients has joined forces with the Dairy Women’s Network, DairyNZ, Fonterra, Miraka, Synlait and Tatua to help farmers come to grips with their farm nitrogen reports and how to use them to support N-loss improvements.

Ian Tarbotton, of Ballance’s Science Extension Team, says a roadshow in both the North and South Islands through February and March will help farmers turn reports into action.

“We want to take the mystery out of farm nitrogen reports, show what factors influence the numbers in reports, and leave farmers with some really practical ways to change their numbers for the better.”

“For farm owners, the aim is to enable them to learn about ways in which they can influence farm economics by minimising nitrogen loss and improving nitrogen-use efficiency. For farm managers, the workshops will give them a good understanding of the five factors that contribute to nitrogen loss, and which of them they can influence. We are also encouraging farm workers to attend because there are some common practices which impact the farm and the environment and their daily activities can make a difference.”

Ian says nitrogen reports are relatively new, but will become an annual feature of farm management given that most dairy companies signed up to collect and model nitrogen loss and nitrogen conversion efficiency under the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord.

“Reports going back to their farmers are providing nitrogen loss and nitrogen conversion efficiency performance information and benchmarks, but the next step is turning these into practical action plans which have economic and environmental benefits and should deliver improved results for farms in the next reporting round.”

Speakers will include local farmers, as well as industry experts in dairy and fertiliser. Workshop participants will receive their own resource workbook, to help them set goals for improving nutrient management on their farms.

For more information about this initiative, click here.

Farmers interested in attending the events should register by calling 0800 396 748 or via www.dwn.co.nz

LOCATION

DATE

VENUE

ADDRESS

NORTH ISLAND

 

 

 

Woodville

Monday 9th Feb

Woodville Events Centre

Cnr Ferguson Street and Vogel Street, Woodville

Whangarei

Friday 13th Feb

A’Fare

197 Lower Dent Street
Whangarei

Te Kauwhata

Monday 16th Feb

Te Kauwhata Rugby Club

Mahi Road, Te Kauwhata

Whakatane

Friday 20th Feb

Whakatane Hotel

79 The Strand, Whakatane

Otorohonga

Monday 23rd Feb

Otorohonga Club

107 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga

Stratford

Thursday 26th Feb

Shakee Pear

3912 Mountain Road, Stratford

Morrinsville

Thursday 5th March

Morrinsville Golf Club

Links Road, Morrinsville 3374

SOUTH ISLAND

 

 

 

Rangiora

Monday 9th Feb

Rossburn Receptions

Spark Lane, Rangiora

Waimate

Monday 16th Feb

Criterion Hotel

198 Queen Street, Waimate

Takaka

Friday 20th Feb

Takaka Fire Station

6 Motupipi Street Takaka

Balclutha

Monday 23rd Feb

South Otago Town and Country Club

1 Yarmouth St, Balclutha 9200

Gore

Thursday 26th Feb

Heartland Croydon Hotel

100 Waimea Street, Croydon

Winton

Friday 27th Feb

Winton’s Middle Pub

232 Great North Road
Winton Southland

Ashburton

Monday 9th March

Hotel Ashburton

11/35 Racecourse Rd, Allenton, Ashburton 7700





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