If you’re thinking of converting to dairy there’s a lot you need to know. Here’s a basic checklist to help you on your way to setting up a dairy farm.
Contact senior planners and land management staff at the district and regional councils to find out what their requirements for dairy conversion are. Here are some questions to cover off:
Contacting these organisations early in the piece and building good relationships is essential to ensure you don’t go down the wrong path. You could also consider talking to a professional consultant and other farmers who have gone through the dairy conversion process.
Take what you learnt from council, irrigation scheme providers and the dairy company and integrate it all into a whole farm plan, including:
Once all the planning is done, it’s time to make those plans happen according to your timeline. On completion of your dairy conversion you should develop an ongoing environment plan, bearing in mind that all new conversions should meet compliance and the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord targets as a minimum from the very beginning.