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Farming for the Future
a whole farm approach



Map of New Zealand showing Hatuma DP Monitor Farm Sites



'Tomorrow's meat enterprises will focus on product quality first, backed up by measured and low environmental impacts, austere production chains, avoidance of most chemicals and heavy metals, and making farmed landscapes waterwise, biodiverse and beautiful.'

Barney Foran, Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, NSW
Hatuma Update, 2009 and still relevant today.


How do we future-proof New Zealand's pastoral sector to ensure it remains the most efficient producer in the world?

To make this a reality, Hatuma DP are committed to helping New Zealand farmers make better nutrient input decisions by partnering with the team of specialists from the AgriBusiness Group to develop a new 'whole farm' template for efficient farming.

Building resilience within the farm gate, while maintaining stress-free and profitable farming, is always going to be a major objective of the programme. Setting up farmers to generate top-shelf, low energy produce for the growing global demand outside the gate is another.

The programme will evolve as the research continues to find the answers by working with more and more farmers. These farmers are already achieving this idealism of sustainable production from increasingly resilient farming systems.


What:  Farming for the Future Programme

Why:  Understanding how low nutrient input and systems efficiency can build resilience (both economic and environmental).

Who: Sheep and beef farmers (initially).

Where: Taupo, Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa, and since 2012, the South Island.

How: Using Hatuma DP as the default product to measure, record, and benchmark new, middle, and long term low nutrient input farm operations.

Coverage: Approximately 16,500ha in total.