Stock exclusion rules
Stock exclusion rules have been in place for dairy farms prior to 2017. However new rules under the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020 have brought other animal farming operations into the restrictions including pigs, dairy support, beef cattle and deer. The slope of the land, the nature and size of the water body, and the type of stock determine what exclusion steps are required. The Regulation’s apply to lakes, rivers wider than 1m, and certain wetlands.
Regional plans are allowed to have more stringent rules than those in the national regulations. For the best information regarding what you need to do we recommend working with your land catchment officer and getting a Farm Environmental Plan (FEP) or fresh water farm plan (FWFP) in place to manage stock from water bodies and other important environmental decisions.
Many of these new rules are coming into effect by 1 July 2023 including the following:
- Cattle, deer and pigs must be excluded from all natural wetlands
- Intensively farmed beef cattle and deer (stock that are break feed or fed on annual forage crops or irrigated pasture) on any terrain level must be excluded from all lakes and rivers wider than 1m
- All dairy cattle on any terrain level much be excluded from lakes and rivers wider than 1m
These regulations can be confusing at the best of times. We recommend getting advice early, making a plan and chipping away slowly at improvements to your freshwater streams, lakes and swamps.