Progress updates

Progress updates

Read about Invermay’s journey towards compliance under ORC Rule change 6A and the latest updates.

18 May 2017

This is a detailed aerial map of the Invermay deer farm with paddock names and areas referred to frequently in the following commentary on our journey towards environmental compliance.

01 Mar 2016

In March 2016 Steve Dixon (Fish and Game) and Matt Hickey (Water Resource Management Ltd) returned for a session of electric fishing at the sites that ORC had previously checked in 2014.

01 Nov 2015

It is well known that run-off sediment, phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) from farm land can be effectively reduced using existing or constructed wetlands.

01 Sep 2015

Having retired some of the riparian areas within the deer farm, we asked ourselves what we could do to enhance these areas, both from an aesthetic and functionality perspective.

01 Sep 2015

We determined very early on that we needed to assess carefully our strategy for producing winter fodder crops.

01 Jun 2015

An assessment of our self-feeding silage pit was made in 2015, and it was found to be non-compliant. This mainly related to drainage below the pit, with it potentially contaminating a small waterway.

01 Jun 2015

The outcomes of these initial mitigation practices were not immediately obvious over the next few months…the stream remained heavily silted and water clarity remained very poor.

01 Jan 2015

The main waterway that exits the Invermay deer farm (and itself drains directly into the Silverstream) does so at a site called the ‘Cattle Yards’, at a point at which the paddocks ‘Silage 1’, ‘Stag 1’ ‘Valley Hay’ and ‘Stag 2’ converge. Near this point there is a convergence of at least 4 smaller but permanent waterways that drain 90% of the deer farm area.

01 Aug 2014

Following on from an invited visit by Otago Regional Council personnel, we developed our own Land and Environment Plan (LEP). We decided to base this on the Beef & Lamb LEP3 module.