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Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord

Land & Water

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord is a set of national good management practice benchmarks aimed at lifting environmental performance on dairy farms.

One Year On…

What have we achieved? What do we need to keep working on?

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord was launched in July 2013 setting out the dairy industry’s commitment to New Zealand and improving water quality. The first annual progress report details what the Accord has achieved in its first year of operation from June 2013 to May 2014. While we have made some real and meaningful progress during the 2013/14 dairy season, there is still a lot more work to do.

More about the Water Accord

The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord includes commitments to targeted riparian planting plans, effluent management, comprehensive standards for new dairy farms and measures to improve the efficiency of water and nutrient use on farms.

The Water Accord is one of the first actions for the new dairy industry strategy, Making Dairy Farming Work for Everyone.


Responsible dairy conversions

As part of the new Water Accord, we have produced specialised guidance on planning and implementing a responsible dairy conversion available here.


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