Farmers clean up their act
No repeat of effluent spills
August is rolling by, and so are stock trucks carrying dairy cows back to Southland after winteringover on Central Otago farms since June. And it’s so far so good on the effluent spill front. Maniototo Community Board chairman and Central Otago district councillor Barry Becker, who farms at Oturehua but does not graze dairy cows during the winter months, said stock was on the move as share milking contracts restarted in Southland. Concerned by effluent spills on the region’s roads three months ago due to some Southland dairy farmers not standing stock without feed for 12 hours before travel, he was pleased to note that Central Otago farmers appeared to be taking more care. ‘‘Back in June the roads were green with effluent, particularly between Roxburgh and Alex- andra, because the cows had just come off milking and had been on green feed.” But in Central Otago farmers appeared to be “more caring with stock movement”. Although these cows had only been on hay and grass all winter, farmers were still required to take them off feed before loading them on a truck, which was also much easier for the animal.
Fuss-free: All is quiet on the effluent spill front.