A government announcement on intensive winter grazing regulations was denounced by the SAFE animal rights group in a statement headed Mud farming continues in the South Island.
Greenpeace struck a similar condemnatory note with a statement headed Backdown on winter grazing rules ‘delaying the inevitable’.
Greenpeace said winter grazing churns paddocks to deep mud because intensive numbers of stock are confined to small feeding areas for longer than the soil and water can sustain. This mud washes into drains, streams and rivers, posing a risk to human health and the environment.
The Government proposals would change regulations initially designed to give effect to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. These changes include scrapping rules to prevent pugging damage from intensive winter grazing and instead recommending farmers take ‘reasonably practicable’ steps to reduce pugging.
Federated Farmers, on the other hand, headed their press statement Pragmatism finally prevails on winter grazing.
The Government’s press statement was much more in harmony with the feds’ statement than the two others. It was headed Proposed intensive winter grazing regulations updates are more practical for farmers and began: Continue reading