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Ahuwhenua farmers need to set dairy example
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How Maori dairy farmers are managing their impact on the environment will come under scrutiny at the next Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori farming excellence.

Farmers have until November 24 to decide whether to take part in next year’s competition.

Ahuwhenua management committee chair Kingi Smiler says it’s a great opportunity for farmers to benchmark against the best in the industry and get useful advice from the expert judges.

The competition, which alternates each year between dairy and sheep and beef farming, has become a highlight of the year for those managing Maori land.

Mr Smiler says Sir Apirana Ngata and Lord Bledisloe, who created the competition 86 years ago, had a vision of sustainable land use.

He says water quality issues and the impact of farming on the environment is something the whole country needs to address.

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