Stu Muir is a Waikato dairy farmer and, in contrast to some of the headline-grabbing stories you may have read about dairy farmers, Stu and his family are putting a huge effort into restoring natural waterways on their block.
Already the 15,000 plants in the new wetland on Gray and Marilyn Baldwin’s farm have grown to half a metre tall from when planting first started in May 2016.
Empowering farm staff to understand how their actions impact on the environment is as important to Mark Saunders as understanding it himself.
Mat Hocken has found adopting a more environmentally-sensitive effluent system on his family’s 1000 cow operation is also delivering positive economic benefits.
Farmers, the regional council and the Southland rural community owe much to Balfour farmer Aaron Wilson’s efforts to work more closely together to ensure dairying remains a sustainable, vibrant industry in the region.
Having a foot in the tourism and farming sectors means Sarah Coatsworth and husband Alistair are “walking the walk” when it comes to carefully managing their environment and operating a successful dairy unit.
A “little and often” has been the environmental motto for 50:50 sharemilkers Ruth and Michael Prankerd, farming at Drummond in Central Southland.
The Zillwood family enjoy swimming in the local river and wanted to protect water quality to ensure this could still happen in the future.
West Coast dairy farmers have spent at least $8 million on conservation efforts to improve the water quality of Lake Brunner.