Intensive winter grazing

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

Intensive winter grazing (IWG)

The proposal to require a resource consent for intensive winter grazing has been deferred for one year (from 1 May 2021 until 30 April 2022). 

This allows for improvement in IWG practice to be achieved through farm plans. 

Government policy for IWG continues to evolve, including monitoring and reporting requirements. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available. 


Key information

In the future, IWG is likely to be included in Freshwater Farm Plans.

Any expansion of IWG (compared to the size of the forage grazing platform as at 1 July 2014 - 30 September 2019) still requires a resource consent.


What does good IWG look like? 

The Ministry of the Environment has developed a module to provide guidance and practical solutions farmers can use to mitigate the effects of IWG. 
2021/2022 IWG Module  (external link)(external link)

If you want industry-specific information and guidance visit;
Dairy NZ - Wintering cows on crops (external link)(external link) | Beef + Lamb NZ - Forage crop grazing(external link)