03-06-2014 03:23 AM | New Zealand

Farming leader talks of cuts in dairy herd sizes

Dairy farmers on light soils may have to accept a cut in cow numbers to reduce their nitrogen leaching, says Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills.

They would have no other alternative, he said in an interview to mark the end of his three-year term.

"We're losing too much nitrogen. The massive shift to dairy has caught us, and the science hasn't kept up."
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