DairyNZ, New Zealand’s equivalent of Teagasc, has come out against the decision by the New Zealand government to cap bag nitrogen at 190kg/ha.

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal, DairyNZ strategy and investment lead Dr David Burger said: “DairyNZ’s position has always been that policies to improve water quality should focus on outcomes, not input controls. For this reason, we advocated for policies which support improving nitrogen use efficiency, rather than a nitrogen cap.

We are surprised our government has chosen to target dairy farmers only and to focus on input controls as opposed to a focus on improving farm nitrogen use practices.” Last week, we carried details and comments from New Zealand farmers of new government rules capping bag nitrogen at 190kg/ha in New Zealand.

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