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Sustainable farm systems

How we can help

Our local rural manager in your area knows about the environmental issues in your part of the world. So they understand how your farm operations can be impacted by changes in legislation.

You can also get information from regional representatives in our Land & Water Strategy Group, who have more in depth knowledge and expertise.

We also run practical workshops for small groups of farmers, giving you an easy way to get up to speed on new regulations and on-farm environmental practices. The main areas we cover are:

  • Water quality – defining the issue
  • Nutrient cycles – nutrient transfer to aquatic environment
  • Practices for improving on-farm environmental and financial sustainability


Find out how we can help. Chat to your local Rural Manager today



Tips on Sustainable Farm Management

World markets are demanding high-quality sustainable products, and reviewing your operations to meet this demand can also improve your bottom line.  
Read our top 10 tips below on how you can get started today:
  1. Find out how contaminants are leaving your farming system.
  2. Investigate the range of mitigation options available to reduce your losses (DairyNZ, B+LNZ and council websites are a good source of information).
  3. Get involved with local catchment groups that have been set up to provide farmers with solutions to local issues.
  4. Take advantage of freely available services/resources (such as DairyNZ Sustainable Milk Plans, B+LNZ Land Environment Plans or any free environmental workshops).
  5. Develop a plan for implementing mitigations over time.
  1. Discuss with the person who prepared your Overseer Nutrient Budget how it can be used as a tool to improve your nutrient efficiency.
  2. Refrain from making any major system changes and/or investments without fully understanding the economic and environmental implications.
  3. Focus on mitigations that are most cost-efficient first before moving on to more expensive mitigations.
  4. Watch where water converges when it rains to get an idea of where to focus mitigations.
  5. Implement only those mitigations that are relevant to your property's contaminant loss.


Watch now

Sustainability case study: Pomahaka Catchment - a great testament for farmers working together for a more sustainable future.


Our Specialist

We also have a sustainability rural manager who keeps our clients up to date with new developments and can direct clients to specialists who can advise on building sustainability into farm planning.

Blake Holgate

Rabobank Rural Manager, Sustainable Farm Systems

Blake joined us to help raise awareness between farmers, branch teams and the wider agricultural sector of the challenge of staying competitive while adjusting to changing environmental regulations.

He provides practical information with a focus on nutrient and water management strategies, which can help you develop systems that are environmentally and financially sustainable. At the same time he helps you build your on-farm efficiency for the long term.

Hailing from a sheep and beef farming family, Blake has an MBA from Otago University and practised as an environmental lawyer specialising in resource management before joining Rabobank.

Blake Holgate


Information on this site about sustainable farm systems and environmental sustainability is general in nature. The information provided has not taken into account your personal circumstances, objectives and financial situation. Before making any decision on sustainable farm systems or environmental sustainability, you should seek processional advice.