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Winter checklist

Farmers preparing to graze livestock on fodder crops this winter are being encouraged to use a new checklist and other practical resources now available sector-wide.

The farming sector is focused on improving winter grazing and eliminating practices that impact on the environment and animal welfare.

A new checklist and winter grazing plans designed to help farmers make practical written plans are now available from industry good bodies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ and Federated Farmers.

A comprehensive winter grazing plan is also available through the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Plans are recommended to support good management and farmers can utilise an industry or MPI plan.

The new wintering checklist helps farmers assess whether they are prepared for winter and it will highlight any potential gaps.