The students travelled from their campus in nearby Rotorua to visit Landcorp’s Renown Dairy Unit, with their tutor Craig Morley.
On arrival they were met by Damien Watson, Farm Manager, Renown, and Joan Barendsen, Business Manager for Renown, who showed them around the property. The course the students are studying is all about sustainable land use practice and they were keen to see first-hand how issues around the following were being so well addressed at Renown.
- Effluent and nutriment management.
- Ecological restoration – with an emphasis on riparian zones, etc.
- Herd management – rotation, feed, etc.
- Soil management and nitrogen inputs (Overseer)
Before the visit could get underway all the necessary steps to prevent the spread of Mycoplasma Bovis needed to take place. Damien met Craig and students at the dairy shed to undertake all the necessary Health and Safety induction procedures that are in place at all the Landcorp Farms, and within the entire Wairakei Estate.
- Vehicles needed to be clean prior to entering the Estate and Craig needed to be able to offer an assurance that none of these vehicles had been on a dairy farm prior to their visit to Renown. As an extra precaution all vehicles were sprayed with disinfectant on arrival at the dairy shed.
- Students and accompanying staff had to be wearing a style of footwear suitable for immersion in a disinfecting foot bath.
After the visit, Associate Professor, Craig Morley, had the following to say: I would like to extend A BIG thank you to Damien, Joan, Andy and Karin for their assistance and help today. My students gained a great deal from your expertise and so we wish to express our gratitude.
It is a pleasure working with such passionate professionals.