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Collective Update September 2014
Dear <<First Name>>
Welcome to the first edition of ‘the Collective Update’ -  a monthly e-newsletter from the Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective. We are a diverse group of farmers working together to protect local farm businesses. We work with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and others on nutrient issues affecting Lake Rotorua water quality. The 'Collective Update' will let you know what we've been up to plus the latest news on nutrients and successful farming practices around the Lake Rotorua catchment. If you’ve got some stories to share, we’d love to hear them.

This month we give an outline what we do, a heads-up on the draft nutrient rules and introduce our new website.  Much of what you will read in these monthly updates is from our website.
From the chair 
Welcome to the Rotorua Primary Producers Collective’s first e-newsletter.
The Collective continues to work hard to represent the interests and concerns of our members. We hope this newsletter will help inform you of the issues and keep you up to date with what is going on. We work with the Regional Council and a number of groups on how to best achieve a clean lake and maintain a viable rural economy. The situation continues to evolve as we work through the issues. This monthly e-news and our new website provide a means to communicate new information and different approaches being considered. Your comment and feedback is always valued and welcomed.
Who is the 'Collective'?
Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective was formed in 2011 to advance the interests of rural landowners facing major reductions in nutrient losses from their farms. We have:
  • 45 members as at September 2014: 27 dairy farmers, 13 drystock farmers and 5 rural professional associated members. Strength in numbers!
  • An executive committee of twelve members chaired by Stuart Morrison, supported by Neil Heather as deputy Chairman, Christine Paterson as Secretary and Shelley Butterworth as Treasurer.
  • Support from Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Beef & Lamb NZ, Rabobank NZ and Bay of Plenty Regional Council. 
Find out more about us and what we do here

Draft rules for rural land-use - Have your say!

BOPRC has put out draft nutrient rules for consultation. If you have over 2ha within the Lake Rotorua Catchment you'll be affected by these rules, whether you're a dairy, or drystock farmer or small block owner. The Collective encourages people to give feedback. You can complete the Council online feedback from here. Consultation closes 14 October 2014.
Our view of the draft nutrient rules
We're committed to taking environmental responsibilities seriously, however we have some key concerns about the draft rules that need further clarification:
  • The financial impact on individual land owners and the wider Rotorua community
  • Flexibility and equity of the rules
  • Interpretation and adequacy of science
Read more about the Collective's initial response to the draft rules here. If you'd like to give us feedback directly, please email info@rotoruafarmers.org.nz
Farmers get a science update from Mike Sprosen (AgResearch) and Sharon Morrell (DairyNZ) at Parekarangi Trust farm - effects of N fertiliser rates on pasture growth & quality and N leaching.
In brief
Introducing our new website
Take a look at our new website - www.rotoruafarmers.org.nz. You'll find latest news, events and resources relevant to farming in and around Lake Rotorua. If you'd like to see more (or less) on this site let us know. We'd also like to keep adding farmer insights, innovative practices and more.  Email us if you have comments or ideas you'd like to share info@rotoruafarmers.org.nz 

Draft rules fact sheets

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has produced a range of fact sheets that will help you understand and give feedback on the draft nutrient rules. You can view these fact sheets online or order free copies from Council 0800 884 880.  

Fed Farmers gets in touch with drystock farmers 
Federated Farmers is currently contacting drystock farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment to gauge awareness and concerns about the draft nutrient rules. You can  make contact with Lyndell Stone directly:
Telephone: 0800 327 646 M: 027 475 5596; Email:lstone@fedfarm.org.nz
On the farm
Roesville Farm
The wider Roe family has been farming at Mamaku for well over 100 years and were one of the first in the area to supply milk to the Reporoa dairy factory which opened in the early 1960s.
John and Wendy Roe made the switch from their dairy grazing business to milking in 2012 when they bought their new Dansey Rd property. Farming 576 metres above sea level, Roesville Farm currently milks 600 cows on 333ha of rolling pasture. Farming is definitely in the blood with .... read more
Events

DRYSTOCK Farmers - Draft rules consultation meeting 
Bay of Plenty Regional Council are currently consulting with the general public for feedback on these rules. This is your last opportunity to influence change before the Rules are ‘Notified’. No response will be viewed as you accepting Council position.
7 pm, Monday 8 September, Ngongotaha Football Club Rooms

DAIRY Farmers - Draft rules consultation meeting 

Bay of Plenty Regional Council are currently consulting with the general public for feedback on these rules. This is your last opportunity to influence change before the Rules are ‘Notified’. No response will be viewed as you accepting Council position.
7 pm,  Monday 22 September,  Ngongotaha Football Club Rooms
Would you like to become a member of the Collective?
Three reasons to get involved!


 1. Influence policy that will affect your farm business
 2. Learn about on-farm nutrient management solutions
 3. Get support from fellow farmers and industry bodies
  

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