Intensive winter grazing is a farming practice where livestock are grazed on paddocks planted with forage crops. When done poorly, it can have serious negative effects on animal welfare and the environment.
Grazing regulations updated
Intensive winter grazing regulations were introduced in the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater 2020 (NES-F) as part of the Essential Freshwater reforms. They were amended in April 2022 to make them more practical for farmers and effective in lifting environmental outcomes.
The updated regulations came into effect from 1 November 2022, giving farmers time to plan for the 2023 winter grazing period.
Intensive Winter Grazing Module
In November 2022, the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry for Primary Industries released the updated Intensive Winter Grazing Module to reflect amendments to the NES-F regulations and incorporate feedback received on the previous version.
The module is designed to assist farmers with IWG planning and includes a step-by-step template to fill out during this process.