An FEP audit is an on-farm independent assessment of the implementation of your FEP to check that:
- You manage the risks identified in your Farm Environment Plan; and
- You apply Good Management Practices identified in your FEP to minimise the impact on water quality.
How much does an audit cost?
Environment Canterbury does not have control on the charges set by the FEP Auditors. The costs will however be dependent on the size and complexity of the farm systems and the time spent to undertake the audit.
Who requires a FEP Audit?
- Holding a resource consent with conditions requiring to have an FEP for their farm and an audit of that FEP; or
- Belonging to an Irrigation Scheme, Principal Water Supplier that holds a resource consent with conditions requiring their members to have an FEP for their farm and an audit of their FEP; or
- Belonging to a Hurunui Waiau River Regional Plan (Hurunui Waiau) Collective with and approved Environment Management Strategy.
Farm receiving water from an Irrigation Scheme, Principal Water Supplier or is part of a Hurunui Waiau Collective, can I decide who can audit my farm?
If you are supplied with water from an Irrigation Scheme or Principal Water Supplier and your property is covered by their consent or permit, or if you are part of an HWRRP Collective with an approved Environment Management Strategy, the FEP Audit will be arranged in line with your contract.
Farm connected to an Environment Canterbury Approved ISO Accredited Audit Programmes Industry Programme (aka Industry Programmes)
It is unlikely that you would require an additional audit, as long as the ISO accredited audit programme has been approved by Environment Canterbury and meets the requirements of your consent. A list of approved ISO accredited audit programmes is available from Environment Canterbury Customer Services, email@example.com"
When does my FEP need to be audited?
The date of the first audits is determined by your resource consent or your Irrigation Scheme, Principal Water Supplier or Hurunui Waiau Collective. The timeframe of subsequent audits is dependent on the audit grade awarded to you at the time of your previous audit. If you have a change in management or significant change in farm systems you will have to be re-audited within the year or 6 months depending of your previous audit grade.
What do I need for the audit
- The most recent version of your FEP and the consent containing FEP requirements – you need to ensure that your FEP meets at a minimum the FEP requirements included in your consent (The Auditor will ask you for this information before the audit)
- Your Nutrient Losses (including GMP losses as estimated by the Farm Portal. The Auditor will ask you for this information before to the audit):
- The Farm Portal Farm Report
- Hard Copy report of electronic file generated by the person that estimated your losses
- Records related to the management of fertilizer, irrigation, soils, effluent, waterways, waste/offal/silage pits and non-irrigation water, for example: (please see Examples of Evidence for more examples).
- Pictures of stock exclusion methods, riparian margins management, and where applicable, mahinga kai management;
- Farm Diary or other records types relating to:
- Irrigation scheduling and application;
- Fertlizer application; and
- Effluent application.
- Soil moisture records;
- Water Use for dairy shed and stock-water;
- Maintenance records for machineries such as travelling irrigator, liquid and solid effluent facilities, irrigation systems, fertilizer application machineries etc.; and
- Inspection sheets for crossing facilities, feed-pads, waste/offal/silage pits.
Record keeping is useful for your business and it can help you identify where you can reduce costs and increase efficiency.