ENVIRONMENT & NUTRIENTS
We're working hard to ensure our farms have minimal impact on the environment and we're always looking for new initiatives.
Our new recycling program setup in 2015 ensures our farm plastic waste goes to the right place, where it will get recycled into high quality items able to be used again and again in the farming industry.
We prefer Plasback Recycle bins, made entirely from recycled plastic.
We also understand the connection between the health of stock, their food and the environment.
We use where we can, natural based fertilisers including lime, fish and seaweed.
About 30% of our land is put into new and improved pasture each year, along with our 'Rocket Fuel' specialty pastures, which includes chicory, plantain, various red & white clovers and brassicas.
Extensive native plantings around waterways have been undertaken and are continuing, to ensure clean waterways, assist in regeneration of natural habitat and wildlife, and provide browse along fence lines.
In 2014 we hosted the first Deer Industry Land and Environment Planning (LEP) course. A large project we have completed is the removal of approx 300 acres of established gorse (a noxious weed in New Zealand). This ongoing investment has brought this land area back to prime usage.
Eco-planting of several thousand native trees and shrubs along fenced off water-ways are growing well, and more plantings are underway.
This state-of-the-art Electric Forklift is cleaner for the environment, fast efficient and cleaner for us. Quiet as a mouse, the forklift runs on electricity and is fume free, great for working indoors as we often do.