The environment you farm in is changing.

There are added expectations and pressures around gaining environmental compliance, some of which can be hard to get a handle on.

That’s why Ravensdown offers both the expertise and tools to make the journey easier. This helps free up your time so you can concentrate on what matters most – the productivity and profitability of your farming business.

Whether it’s a Farm Environment Plan (FEP), nutrient budget, resource consent or due diligence for a farm sale or purchase, Ravensdown’s nationwide team of environmental and nutrient experts can help you work towards your compliance goals.

While the landscape may be complex, the solution we provide isn’t. Our experience in nutrient management - from providing fertiliser solutions, right through to environmental support and advice – can help you to meet your compliance objectives.

Ravensdown offers a range of environmental services, each tailored to suit your individual needs. Below is a snap-shot of our range of environmental services.

 

Farm Environment Plans (FEP)

Our team will work with you to create a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) that will meet all FEP requirements while also supporting continuous environmental improvement on-farm.

If you are a managed customer, your agri manager will be in touch regarding your needs around an FEP. For all other customers, please call the customer centre on 0800 100 123 to discuss your FEP requirements.

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Resource consents and planning

Our professional planners are available to work through the resource consent process with you, ranging from initial advice on your individual situation, writing the assessment of effects, planning regulation assessment and preparing and lodging the resource consent application. They can also help advise you on meeting the planning rules for current and proposed farming activities.

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Nutrient modelling

If you need to determine nutrient losses for regulatory requirements or if you are considering a farm system change to support productivity or regulatory requirements, we can model these changes to show their effect on key outcomes such as nitrogen or phosphorus loss.

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Due diligence for farm sale and purchase

We can give you peace of mind whether you are the vendor or purchaser by helping ensure environmental constraints and planning requirements are identified. We also model potential farm systems as scenarios for purchasers to ensure they can operate within environmental limits.

Recording and reporting

One important part of compliance is keeping reliable records for all fertiliser applications on your property. Ravensdown’s HawkEye software is a farm mapping and decision support solution that can be used to capture and detail the nutrient events on your farm, including all your fertiliser orders. When Ravensdown Joint Venture spreading or TracMap spreaders are used, proof of placement data is also captured helping to build a complete on-farm picture.

Key Dates – National Environmental Regulations for Farmers

To help you stay current with environmental regulations across New Zealand, we've put together this handy PDF. We are confident that you will find this resource useful for staying on top of all the changes and knowing the key dates on which they come into effect.

Key Dates PDF

This file was last updated and current on September 14 2021.

Understanding the National Environmental Standards - Freshwater (NES-FW)

The following is a breakdown of what the new freshwater rules mean for your farm and whether you will need resource consents.

Overview: new regulation summary Nitrogen fertiliser cap summary Stock exclusion regulations summary

Our team of environmental specialists

Ravensdown's team of agri managers and environmental specialists, supported by the Customer Centre, are here to help with all your on-farm nutrient, environmental and sustainability needs.

Collectively, our team of environmental specialists have many years of experience consulting on farm environmental matters. In fact, some even run their own farms, so they know first-hand the issues you are facing. 

Victoria Caseley

Principal Planner
MSc, Chartered Surveyor Planning & Development, RPSurv, Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner

I enjoy working with farmers and their advisors to enable an effective resolution for planning and environmental issues. I have a wealth of experience in planning, both with writing and assessing resource consent applications, legislation and Regional and District plans, which I can draw on to assist farmers to meet and manage planning and environmental challenges. 

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Ella Shields

Intermediate Planner
BEPP(Hons) .

Growing up in rural Southland, I have always had strong ties to farming and the agricultural industry. Throughout my studies at Lincoln I learnt about the regulatory constraints on the rural industry and the concept of farmers needing a ‘social license to operate’. This has motivated me to use my planning skills and knowledge to help farmers optimise their productive potential while meeting their environmental goals and ultimately gaining the trust of the community.

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Adrian Brocksopp

Principal Consultant
B Agr Sci (Hon), Certified NMA 

I have been involved in the New Zealand agricultural industry for over 15 years. This has enabled me to develop an excellent understanding of New Zealand Dairy, Sheep, Beef, and Arable farming systems. I am passionate about our industry and the quality products that we produce.

Arron Hutton

Principal Consultant
B Agr Sci (Hon), Certified NMA

I have been involved in the agricultural industry for over 15 years in a number of roles. I enjoy utilising my knowledge of farm systems and regulations to help farmers work through the ‘compliance headache’. I believe being informed on nutrient management provides as many opportunities as it does limitations for farmers.

Colin Tyler

Principal Consultant
B.Agr.Sc, PGDip Bus Admin (Mgmt), Certified NMA

I have been involved in farming all my life - as a sheep and beef farmer in Central Hawke's Bay, and in a variety of roles in the rural industry. Recently my career has focused on how environmental regulations have become part of farming businesses, returning to Ravensdown to help shareholders understand and meet their requirements.

Kelly Morris

Principal Consultant
B Appl Sci (Ag) (Hon), Certified NMA

I am passionate about our agricultural industry. Both the quality products we produce, and the passion, knowledge and technology that is used to produce these products in a sustainable way. I like to work with my customers and offer them science based advice specific to their business to help them achieve their farming goals.

Mark Crawford

Senior Consultant
B Ag Sci, Certified NMA

I have had over 20 years’ experience in the rural sector and enjoy a challenge in finding solutions to farm problems and removing barriers to current systems. I have spent over 17 years delivering a wide range of agricultural education topics at all levels. I believe in a learning centred approach, and also enjoy all aspects of training others.

Ben Howden

Senior Consultant
MSc, PGDip Enviro Sci and Certified NMA

I have been involved in a number of different roles within the agricultural sector since leaving university. I enjoy working with farmers to come up with the best possible outcome for their businesses and the environment.

Martha Trodahl

Senior Technical Specialist
PhD, MSc(Hons), Bsc in Geography, Intermediate Sustainable Nutrient Management

I recently completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington focused on nutrient (N & P) modelling at farm to catchment scale using LUCI and ArcGIS. Although city born and bred, through my post-graduate study I have developed a real interest in the rural and farm environment. I am really pleased to now use my nutrient modelling and GIS expertise to support the important work done by the Ravensdown environmental team. 

Courtney Stewart

Consultant
B.Sc (Animal Science, Ag. Science), B.Sc (Hons), Certified NMA

Originally from a family farming background in the Manawatu, I have developed a passion for the land and the wider agricultural sector, through my career and personal life. I take great pride and satisfaction in what I do as part of the rural sector and will ensure I continue to instil these values, among others, throughout my professional career.

Nicole Wheadon

Senior Consultant
PhD, Bsc Animal Sci. (Hons), Certified NMA.

My background is predominantly scientific research and technical, specialising in nitrogen and feed efficiency of ruminants. I moved to New Zealand 10 years ago to complete post graduate study in this field of work and enter a career path in the environmental field. I am particularly interested in the reduction of environmental emissions created by agriculture and providing support to farmers in their compliance and regulatory issues through research and innovation.

Jennifer Armstrong

Consultant
B.Com (Ag) and Certified NMA

After growing up on a dairy farm in the Coromandel I am passionate about agriculture, and determined to drive the agricultural industry to success. I have been drawn to work in the environmental field as I see this as a space that farmers need support in. I look forward to supporting farmers through regulatory challenges.

Anna Carlton

Consultant
PhD, BSc (Hons) and Certified NMA

I recently completed post-graduate study at Lincoln University which focused on using diverse pastures to reduce nitrogen loss from farm systems. During my studies I developed a keen interest in New Zealand’s agricultural/environmental sector and look forward to helping farmers navigate new environmental challenges.

Howie Wilson

Consultant
BAppSci (Envt)

I want to see New Zealand farmers continue to be the best in the world at farming in a sustainable way. As we understand further the impacts of farming on our natural environment, we have equally increased our knowledge of how to farm smarter using technology and best practice guidelines so that New Zealand farmers can continue to set the bench mark. I want to help make sure we continue to do this by helping farmers make sure their business planning and operational farm systems are robust and can meet increasing regional regulatory rules. 

Anna McJorrow

Consultant
BSc (Env Sci, Geo)

I completed a degree in Environmental Science and Geography in 2018 and joined Ravensdown as part of the Development Programme. With an interest in environmental management, I recognise the impact of complex regulatory frameworks and future challenges within the agricultural sector. I look forward to supporting farmers in the environmental space within my role as a Farm Environmental Consultant in the Waikato.

 

Alastair Wolfe

Advisor
MRes, Bsc (Hons)

 I am passionate about our agricultural industry, the quality products we produce on our farms and the expertise and technology that is used to produce these products in a sustainable way. I want to help ensure we continue to do this by assisting farmers to create robust business plans and operational systems that are able to meet evolving challenges and regulations.