Feedlots and stockholding areas pose a high-risk to the quality of our waterways if not managed well. The new rules for feedlots comes into force on 3 September 2020. The rules for other stockholding areas comes into force on 1 July 2021
Under the new Essential Freshwater package, feedlots and other stockholding areas must be an appropriate distance from waterbodies, meet minimum permeability standards and provide for effluent management.
The new regulations apply to farms with five hectares or more of horticulture, 20 hectares or more of pasture or arable crops or 20 hectares or more of a combination of the above.
You’ll need to consider these regulations alongside the feedlot rules 5 and 6 in Regional Resource Management Plan (RRMP).
The new rules for feedlots comes into force on 3 September 2020. The rules for other stockholding areas comes into force on 1 July 2021.
A feedlot is defined under the NES as ‘a stockholding area where cattle: (a) are kept for at least 80 days in any 6-month period; and (b) are fed exclusively by hand or machine’.
If you meet the following conditions in your feedlot you won’t need a consent to meet the Essential Freshwater rules:
If you operate a feedlot, you may need a resource consent from HBRC if you don't meet the conditions set out above. You will need to be able to demonstrate in your resource consent application that you can:
HBRC also have a separate feedlot rule in our Regional plan, which has a different definition. See the factsheet link below to see if this applies to your activity.
Feedlot information sheet
A stockholding is defined under the NES as ‘an area for holding cattle at a density that means pasture or other vegetative cover cannot be maintained. These areas include feed pads (including beef feeding areas), winter pads, stand-off pads, loafing pads and silage pits’
If you have or plan to create a stock-holding area, then similar standards will apply from 1 July 2021. If your stock holding area is existing (before the regulations commenced) you required consent by 1 January 2022 Please contact our consent team if you have any questions about whether you need a consent Contact Consent Advisor +646 833 8090, or email a Consents Advisor here.
The table below shows example of what is and isn’t considered a stock holding area.
For more information, please read the MfE factsheet here on stockholding areas
Further guidance and interpretation on the stock holding regulations what is considered a stock holding area here
Contact our consents team on 06 835 9200 if you have any questions about feedlots, stockholding areas and their consent requirements.
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