Agriculture faces the challenge of increasing productivity while decreasing its environmental impact.
Ravensdown takes this principle extremely seriously and invests significant time, money and effort applying exceptional environmental stewardship to all aspects of our operations, from importation, manufacture, the stores network, distribution and application, through to on-farm effects.
This stewardship is needed for the fertiliser we sell as well as the wider product range which includes lime, agrochemicals, animal health and aerial and ground spreading. It is essential that all staff are aware of environmental responsibilities to minimise risks everyday throughout the business.
Risk identification and management
Ravensdown has invested significantly in Leading-edge information technology systems, including the development of comprehensive risk management framework to identify, assess and monitor new and existing risks throughout their nationwide operations. Annual risk updates are performed and risk improvement plans created and acted on.
Murray Mackenzie, National Technical Manager at Ravensdown, believes CS-VUE is a key component in assisting the management of these processes, as well as providing a storehouse of environmental compliance information, available for board reporting and external auditors.
Environmental management is a key focus at the manufacturing sites and Ravensdown have made significant steps forward in this area and is committed to its continued development.
Ravensdown put a lot of effort into technology to improve plant operations and environmental monitoring and compliance. This has included new operating systems and infrastructure upgrades.
ARL is Ravensdown’s 100% owned analytical lab, carrying out soil, plant, fertiliser and water testing.
It is the leading commercial feed testing lab in New Zealand and the only commercial lab utilising comprehensive NIR pastoral calibrations based on animal feeding studies.
56,000 soil tests (including additional tests) were completed in the last year.
Laboratory information systems have been upgraded to streamline the flow of test requests and results between account managers, the laboratory and “My Ravensdown”.
Key Initiatives: Awatoto Works – Napier:
The plant has focused on operating at the highest possible level of environmental performance, conscious of unsatisfactory incidents in 2005 and 2006, and working to exceed the resource consent conditions it was granted from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council in May 2007.
New operating systems and infrastructure upgrades to assist with environmental monitoring and compliance
Key Initiatives: Hornby Works – Christchurch:
After three years of sustained work, the Resource Consent renewal process at the Hornby Works culminated in a four day hearing with Environment Canterbury in July 2008. Technical experts were used in the preparation of the application and the presentation of evidence covering, health assessments, air shed modelling, vegetation, impacts on building materials etc. The consultation process to support the consent was comprehensive resulting in only six submitters appearing at the hearing. The outcome of the 20 year consent applied for is still pending.
We’re setting the benchmark…and this software is very much a part of that benchmark. It adds incredible data management because we were talking about legal activities here – potentially illegal activities if you’re not doing your job right.”