Good Management Practice
What is Good Management Practice?
Good Management Practice is used by leading farmers and land managers to improve production, performance and sustainable land use, and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council encourages its use.
Good Management Practice describes when farm management practices are based on sound production methods and improved performance, while reducing the impact that farming activity has on the environment. This is sometimes also called Industry Good Practice (IGP).
This can involve technology (such as precision agriculture), a change to a farming system, or simply adapting the way existing farm management practices are carried out.
Good Management Practice also evolves with changes in science and technology and increased understanding of the environment; what was good management practices 10 years ago may now be out of date.
One of the main reasons for doing a farm plan (FEMP) is to recognise where good management practices are currently in place on farm, and identifying where you could adopt extra ones to reduce the risk that your farming operation presents to water quality.
The Tukituki Plan requires HBRC to work with primary sectors to define good management practices particularly suited to the catchment. This work is underway and, once completed, will be available on this webpage. The links below should help you identify those good management practices you already have in place, and things that you could possibly do better.
Cross Industry Guide
Environment Canterbury (Canterbury Regional Council) has compiled a useful guide and list of industry-agreed good management practices relevant across New Zealand, and largely consistent across industries. The council worked with agricultural industry groups (dairy, outdoor pigs, deer, sheep and beef, arable and horticulture), research agencies and farmers to compile this list.
Sector Specific Guides
Many primary sector organisations such as Beef+LambNZ and DairyNZ have invested a lot of time and money developing sector specific guidance about good management practice. This may help you to think about and discuss your farm plan with your chosen FEMP provider.
Farm Menus - to improve water quality on dairy farms, drystock farms and cropping land