Don’t put up irrigators and expect you can convert to dairy

Rural Exchange 12/05/2018

Greenpeace have been sending emails to its members asking whether people should be able to put a dairy from wherever they like - perhaps a desert, a ski resort, or even on the moon.

The ridiculous questions have been their way of highlighting the extreme plans by one farmer to put 15,000 cows in the Mackenzie basin, near Lake Pūkaki.

David Parker, Minister for the Environment, said this week that farmers need to be regulated to ensure they "do the right thing".

But don’t we have existing regional council regulations for farmers to adhere to?

Resource Management Consultant Keri Johnston from Irricon joined us to explain the regulations for converting picturesque places, such as around Mt Cook, into dairy farms.

She explained that farmers should be working with their regional council to adhere to the current rules.

There's been a decline of district council consents for another Mackenzie property who went ahead and established irrigators before consents were signed-off.

Watch the full interview with Keri Johnston above.

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