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Green gains at controversial farm
Little Ben Dairy should be commended' for environmental management policies
Ben dairy farm
McCabe on his
Omarama. In the
background is a
winter feed crop
By GERALD PIDDOCK
A controversial dairying develop-
ment near Omarama is leading the
way with its environmental pract-
It is still early days but the
structure, fertility, health and
depth of Little Ben dairy farm's soil
has significantly improved over
the past three years.
About 20 farmers saw the progress
at a recent field day.
The 470 hectare farm operates as a
partnership between Richard
Gloag and Merv McCabe.
Mr McCabe said the environ-
mental improvements were a
consequence of their farming
policy, rather than an intention.
''We haven't gone out of our way to
do this for the environment point
of view, it just so happens that this
policy fits with the environment
and is better for the environment.''
There was also satisfaction with
the farm's environmental progress
after a two-year legal battle to get
the farm established.
In 2010, the directors successfully
appealed Environment Canter-
bury's decision to grant Little Ben
a consent for 750 cows for 10 years.
The directors appealed the
decision, arguing it was too
The appeal granted Little Ben
Dairy effluent and land-use con-
sents to farm more than 1400 cows
for 25 years.
The court's decision was criticised
by the Green Party and the Aoraki
The consent cost $500,000 ''and we
went round and round in circles''.
''At the end of the day they granted
us our consent and we virtually
didn't have to change any of the
structure that we had gone to them
with in the first place.''
The farm was a subdivision of
Buscot Station and prior to the
conversion, it was a barren, dust-
filled landscape beside the Ahuriri
River and protected Department of
weighed heavily on the mind of the
''We are very aware of our
surrounding environment so we do
everything possible to protect the
river,'' Mr McCabe said.
Mr McCabe is a strong believer in
the benefits of ploughing and
cultivation, saying it was the best
way to add to the top soil and
On one block alone, Mr McCabe
estimated he gained about 10
centimetres of top soil.
''Where we once had dust and sand,
we now have that much black
Environment Canterbury land
management officer Ian Lyttle said
increasing the soil mass was
positive for the environment.
''It's contributing organic matter to
the soil so there would be nutrients
hanging onto the organic matter.''
It would also build soil structure
and help extend the pasture's root
''It is a good thing to extend your
Mr Lyttle said the owners should
''Merv and Richard are looking
after their soil pH, managing their
nutrient application and effluent to
minimise nutrient loss.''
The 5 millimetres of irrigation
water he applies to his pastures do
not penetrate below the soil's root
This meant there was less chance
of losing nitrogen out of the soil
because there was not enough
water to wash the nitrogen out of
The farm improved production
over the past two seasons, increas-
ing from 546,000 to 598,000kg milk
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