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Published: 2013-09-18 00:00:00

Ways of boosting farm profits and improving environmental protection is the focus of a farmer field day at Whatawhata on Thursday 24 October.

The field day is to be held by Waikato Regional Council, NIWA, AgResearch, Beef & Lamb NZ, NZ Farm Forestry Association and the NZ Association of Resource Management.

“This one-off event is a great opportunity to learn about practices that can increase farm profits while ensuring the environmental impacts of farming are minimised,” said the council’s sustainable agriculture co-ordinator Bala Tikkisetty.

“I encourage drystock farmers, dairy grazers, farm foresters, farm consultants and rural professionals in particular to take advantage of this field day.”

The event will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Whatawhata Research Farm at 1872 Whatawhata Rd, on state highway 23 between Hamilton and Raglan. Lunch and morning tea will be provided.

Presenters will discuss the results of a series of farm-scale experiments that began in 2001 at the Whatawhata Hill Country Research Station, which assessed the costs and benefits of a range of management practices to reduce the effects of hill country farming on the environment.

Mr Tikkisetty said information to be presented at the field day will give farmers a range of options to help manage the environmental challenges they face, while still maintaining or improving on-farm economic performance.

For further details and RSVP, please contact Bala Tikkisetty or Megan Pritchard on 0800 800 401.