The DairyLink – Tararua project involved dairy farmers, industry leaders and community leaders in the Tararua district. The participants worked together at finding ways to improve productivity and reduce the environmental impacts of dairy farming on the Manawatu River catchment. The project was an initiative of Tararua community leaders in response to the proposed regulation of agriculture that had been included in the proposed Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council One-Plan.
In 2010 the number of dairy herds in the Tararua District had dropped from 370 herds in 1990 to 315. Over the same time period farm size had almost doubled to 116 hectares. The average herd size had increased from 150 to 315 cows and stocking rates increased to 2.7 cows per hectare. Production for 2009-2010 had increased from 280 kg ms per cow in 1990 to 330kg ms per cow and 900kg ms per hectare.
Parminter TG, Ridsdale S, Riley K, 2013. Industry-led Natural Resource Extension in the Tararua District. Extended abstract and poster in proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.