On-farm essential freshwater

We've broken down exactly what the Essential Freshwater rules mean for your farm.

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If you would like more information about the new rules and how they might affect you please call 0800 736 222. If you have questions about whether you need resource consent, you can also email info@trc.govt.nz.

Intensive winter grazing

Good management practice is important when undertaking intensive winter grazing (IWG). You need to ensure there are no adverse environmental effects.
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Synthetic Nitrogen Fertiliser rules

Here's all the information about the rules around the cap on how much synthetic nitrogen fertiliser can be used on farms and how farmers can report how much they are using.
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Protecting wetlands

New regulations to protect wetlands were introduced in the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F) as part of the Government’s Essential Freshwater reforms.
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Intensification and land-use change

Intensification includes conversions of plantation forestry to pastoral land use and any land to dairy farmland.
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Stock exclusion

The stock exclusion regulations prohibit the access of cattle, pigs and deer to wetlands, lakes and rivers wider than one metre anywhere on the property.
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Feedpads, feedlots and stock holding areas

Feedlots and other stockholding areas will need to meet a series of minimum standards concerning permeability, effluent management, and proximity to water bodies including drains.
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Structures in rivers and lakes

If you want to build a new structure, such as a culvert, weir, dam, ford, or flap gate it is important to consider the new rules and whether you will need to apply for resource con...
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Fish passage management

Culverts, weirs and dams, can delay or prevent fish movements when poorly designed, installed and maintained.

The consequence is a reduction in the distribution and abundance o...
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