Dairy NZ’s comments regarding effluent non-compliance
DairyNZ says it is disappointing that dairy farm effluent non-compliance is still unacceptably high throughout the country, despite considerable industry effort to improve the situation.
DairyNZ CEO Dr Tim Mackle says through this investment over the last two years, they have learned a lot more about why many dairy farm systems are non-compliant.
“The design of many systems is such that they are not fit for purpose throughout the year. We have been working with the effluent industry to develop a code of practice and are strongly advocating a warrant of fitness approach so that we correct this fundamental problem.”
Last week DairyNZ and industry partners released for consultation new standards and a code of practice for the design of farm dairy effluent systems.
“We would like to get our effluent systems on all farms to a high standard within the next five years, or sooner if possible.”
Dr Mackle says many farmers are uncertain about what they need to do to be compliant and DairyNZ is working with regional councils to establish effluent compliance checklists to give farmers greater guidance on what needs to be done on their farm.
“Our aim is by doing this we will come away with a better system design and promote systems that work and have a higher standard of rural professionals advising on these systems which will cut costs. We can then focus our efforts on making sure staff know how to work these systems.
“We are serious about getting this right, and are working closely with Fonterra and Federated Farmers on the issue. It’s crucial to our industry’s reputation both nationally and internationally, as well as being essential for the environment,” he says.