Integrated Pastoral Grazing
At the core of Ata Rangi Pastoral Group is the desire to develop an environmentally sustainable business model. Working in an industry that is being impacted by Government changes to fresh water management, Ata Rangi Pastoral is dedicated to utilising best practice techniques and technology available for the planning, implementation and execution of its conversions to achieve sustainable outcomes. To date, the company owns five dairy farms and two drystock units in the North Island. Our South Island operations include one dairy farm and one dry stock farm at Burnside. These successfully combine dairy farming, production forest and grazing cropping. Careful planning, consultation and consideration has been undertaken to convert existing forestry to an integrated pastoral grazing system. We have converted 2600ha into five dairy farms, and 500ha into dry stock, with large areas of riparian margin, high gradient, ecologically sensitive or non-productive areas fenced off.
Our single shed farming operations include waste water recycling and feed pad scrappers to reduce washdown water use. We have also established electronic water monitoring to ensure efficient water usage, and a best practice effluent system. As part of our environmentally sustainable practices, we have determined a setback of 25m from the Waikato River and lakes and 10m from other waterways.
As part of our integrated approach to land conversion, our grazing cropping farm is used to grow specialised winter and summer feed crops. These are brought into the dairy system, grazed off and sold out of the farming system to third parties. This enhances our overall productivity and extends our reach to other areas within the sector. It is also an additional way we are contributing back to the community we are farming in.
Forestry covers almost half (2,414ha) of the land. The native replant area (233ha) continues to increase as more forestry land is harvested and a detailed assessment of the land use capability is completed. All trees on Ata Rangi land are owned and managed under registered forestry rights held by Te Waihou Plantations, Hancock Forest Management and Carter Holt Harvey. The forestry rights are made up of Pinus Radiata and Eucalyptus plantations.
Ata Rangi farms run as an environmentally sustainable business model, with robust internal policies set up to ensure this. All land is mapped using slope gradient data to determine Land Use Capabilities (LUC); no slope less than 25 degrees is being disturbed; there is no discharge or soil sediment into waterways; and a boundary has been set around waterway sites. Each of these practices has been determined in conjunction with careful planning and stakeholder consultation.
We begin by evaluating the land use and assessing any potential environmental impact our existing production systems may incur.
We work with the local community to establish business operations which enhance the well-being of the area and those within it.
We’re in it for the long haul so every decision we make regarding our conversion takes into consideration sustainability for future generations.