Environmental Practices

The impact of agricultural practices and intensification on the environment is a key focus for all those involved as it impacts on the wider rural and urban community.

Deer farmers must understand the impact of their practices on soil and water quality, such as increasing stocking rate, silage pits and feed pads, growing and feeding winter crops, fencing, managing streams and water sources.

For an introduction to best environmental management for deer go to the Productivity Improvement Hub or Environmental Key Practices from farmer experience.

Consider completing a Land and Environment Plan (commonly referred to as an LEP) to help you better understand the property you farm – the land classes, soil types, fragile areas and any risks from farm management practices, stock or climate. The first step is to spend as little as 2 hours to research and complete the first stage of an LEP.

For more information on LEP’s including guidelines, key contacts and some completed plans check out the Tools page on www.deernz.org or www.beeflambnz.com