Intensive winter grazing regulations: Proposed changes

Closed 7 Oct 2021

Opened 26 Aug 2021


The Government is proposing changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations. These are included within the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F).

Why we are consulting

We have received feedback that aspects of the intensive winter grazing regulations may require modification to support effective implementation and achieve improved environmental outcomes. This particularly relates to conditions that are weather-dependent or difficult to practically comply with. As a result of that feedback, the intensive winter grazing regulations were deferred for one year (from 1 May 2021 to 1 May 2022) to allow time to consider changes to address the implementation issues.

We are proposing changes to the conditions so the regulations can operate as they were intended to.

Read Managing intensive winter grazing: A discussion document on proposed changes to intensive winter grazing regulations

This document asks for feedback on proposed changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations only.

What happens next

This consultation closed on 7 October 2021.

We will analyse feedback and provide advice to Ministers on next steps.