Farm­ers clean up their act

No re­peat of ef­flu­ent spills

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

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.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL/FAIR­FAX NZ

Fuss-free: All is quiet on the ef­flu­ent spill front.

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