Intensive winter grazing (IWG) is a farming practice where large numbers of stock are confined over winter to small feeding areas planted with forage crops.
Making sure it’s done correctly can ensure the welfare of animals and protect the environment and freshwater quality.
Updated regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2022, so will impact the 2023 winter season onwards. These new laws will mean that if you intend on IWG during winter 2023, you need to:
- Comply with conditions set out in the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater, or
- Obtain a resource consent.
IWG would also be permitted if you have a freshwater farm plan demonstrating that adverse effects are no greater than those allowed for by the regulation conditions. But, freshwater farm plan regulations are still being finalised, so this is not possible yet.
Please refer to the Ministry for the Environment's website for more information,
If you’re unsure about how the rules apply to your situation, please get in touch with us via email@example.com.
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