Collaboration seen as key to sustainable dairying
Farmers and environmental and regulatory leaders need to work together to achieve sustainable dairying, a forum of industry leaders has found.
The Building Environmental Leaders Networks Forum kick-started in Invercargill this week with about 70 award-winning farmers and industry leaders from throughout New Zealand participating.
"Taking a commonsense approach to sustainable dairying" is this year's theme.
Forum chair Martin Bennett said the key finding so far was collaboration between all of the parties involved.
"The goals are all similar."
The forum takes a farming and regional council perspective as well as looking at the National Policy Statement and how it affects dairying, he said.
The participants can take their knowledge and skills home and share them in their local community, Mr Bennett said.
There was a strong leadership focus yesterday with representatives from Environment Southland, Environment Canterbury and Forest & Bird among the key speakers.
Each session is very interactive and there is plenty of question time.
The forum continues today at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill with workshops on changes in dairy and how to move forward.
- The Southland Times
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