Tukituki Plan Change 6
Many farmers in the Tukituki region have heard about the Hawkes Bay Regional Council's Tukituki Plan Change (Plan Change 6). This change to the Regional Plan was not just about the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. The plan change included new rules about nutrient management for farms. Even though the dam might not go ahead, the rules in the Tukituki Plan Change must be met.
If you farm 4 hectares or more, these changes probably affect you.
The key actions you need to take are:
- Keep records about your farming operation so that annual nutrient budgets can be created using Overseer (link to Overseer input template)
- Complete a Farm Environmental Management Plan by the end of May 2018
- Meet your nutrient limits, bridge or culvert all formed stock crossings, and exclude stock (other than sheep) from your waterways by the end of May 2020
- Update your FEMP by the end of May 2021 (and three yearly after that)
These changes are important as exceeding the nutrient targets set by the council will mean applying for a resource consent to keep farming.
If you haven't kept nutrient budget records since June 2013, don't worry, now is the time to start.
We can help you calculate your nutrient position for last year, and put systems in place to capture this information for the future. Soter will complete your Farm Environment Management Plan and register it with the council on your behalf.