Winter grazing legislation tweaks ‘more user friendly’

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Cows graze on winter crops.

DISCUSSION about new freshwater regulations was had at an Environment Southland council meeting last week, with questions about how they might change.

After a meeting earlier in the month between Environment Southland (ES), ministers David Parker and Damien O’Connor and farming leaders, ES chairman Nicol Horrell provided an update to council last Wednesday about the progress.

During the meeting, councillor Peter McDonald asked Mr Horrell what changes could be made to the regulations.

In particular, he asked about “tweaks” to rules about winter grazing and what they meant.

The response was changes, such as particulars around pugging, were being made.

“It’s more about making some of those rules more user friendly. We’ve got regional issues, sowing dates and things like that which can be changed I think, without changing the intent.”

An advisory group was created to help Southland farmers with implementing the regulations.

When it was created, Mr Horrell said it would focus on providing recommendations on fine-tuning the regulations on intensive winter grazing, as well as looking at Farm Environment Plans.

A hui last month was attended by farming industry leaders, regional council staff and Government officials.

Tomorrow, Southland Federated Farmers and the Southland Chamber of Commerce would host The Town & Country Hui; from noon to 2pm at Invercargill’s Gala St Reserve.

It was about uniting town and country to enable attendees to learn about how the freshwater legislation would affect us all, how to be resilient as a province, and to celebrate what was already happening.

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