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Published: 2000-11-21 00:00:00

Environment Waikato and the Consulting Officer Service (formerly Livestock Improvement Advisory) are organising a field day on an Otorohanga farm on December 1 to help farmers managing land and water.

The field day, which is open to everyone, will provide information and discussion on how land use can affect waterways, managing stream bank erosion and making the most of wet areas on farms. The day will be held on Stewart and Kathryn Anderson’s farm in Otewa Rd, Otorohanga starting at 11am with a barbecue lunch at 1pm.

The aim is to help land owners design practical farm solutions for land and stream management.

The field day is an outcome of community consultation for Environment Waikato’s Upper Waipa strategy, where members of the community identified a number of issues in the area on which they wanted more information.

Management officer Rien van de Weteringh said organisers were hoping to have as many people as possible attend the field day, which was the first of many on important land and water issues in the Waipa area. Future field days would look at river management, hill country management, indigenous vegetation, and karst areas as natural landscape features.