Good Management Practice (GMP) has been defined by a number of industry groups and accepted by ECan in the Industry Good Management Practice Guide. The guide describes practices which improve irrigation, nutrient and animal management for all common land uses in Canterbury. A summary is available in a handy poster.
Barrhill-Chertsey Irrigation expects all existing shareholders to achieve GMP by 2020.
Irrigation in a Box: All in one resource for all irrigators
Irrigation NZ also run regular training workshops:
Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) have some good resources available for arable farm systems.
You can complete the Farm EnviroWalk checklist to see if there are any key areas you need to improve on.
The Good Effluent Management pages includes information on how to use your travelling irrigator, the Effluent WOF programme, staff training available, and designing effluent storage ponds and spreading systems.
A useful one page Effluent Management Poster can be sent to you or downloaded. A useful staff guide to managing your effluent is also available. For travelling irrigator systems, the Top Tips Poster and the Irrigator Run Sheet, are also good tools. These posters are great to keep on the wall of the dairy shed for staff to see what they need to do.
Drivers of N loss on dairy farms and what you can do to reduce it is summarised on the Nutrient Management page. We have work booklets to look at these factors on your property and identify where you can make improvements. Please feel free to contact the office if you would like a copy.
If you are not sure if your effluent pond holds enough storage to get your through wet periods without irrigating, go through the Dairy Effluent Storage Calculator, the Working Effluent Volume Calculator and/or the Application Depth Calculator here.
New ponds can generate a bit of odour when you start using them. For guidance on how to reduce the amount of odour produce, have a look through this page.
Foundation of Arable Research (FAR) is currently in the process of collating the latest research on Good Management Practice (GMP) for dairy wintering systems. A general guide, particularly if you have undulating land and/or waterways is available here.