Lat­est Ef­flu­ent Expo draws more ex­hibitors

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Anew ‘‘good clean dairy­ing’’ pro­mo­tion will fea­ture at this month’s Ef­flu­ent Expo at Mys­tery Creek, or­gan­ised by the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil and spon­sored by Dairynz.

The Fe­bru­ary 28 expo is to give farm­ers ef­flu­ent man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion so the en­vi­ron­ment and their prof­itabil­ity are sup­ported.

‘‘Dairy farm­ing can of­ten be la­belled with a ‘dirty dairy­ing’ tag,’’ said coun­cil agri­cul­ture ad­viser Kate Ody. ‘‘But, in our ex­pe­ri­ence, there are many Waikato farm­ers do­ing a great job of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment al­ready and many oth­ers are lift­ing their game to do bet­ter. The huge turn-out at last year’s in­au­gu­ral expo, at­tended by about one in 10 of the re­gion’s dairy farm­ers, is one ex­am­ple of the in­dus­try’s ef­forts to im­prove ef­flu­ent man­age­ment.

‘‘Ini­tially we will fo­cus on hav­ing ef­fec­tive ef­flu­ent stor­age. At the same time the coun­cil will also con­tinue to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance with its farm ef­flu­ent man­age­ment rules and take reg­u­la­tory ac­tion where ap­pro­pri­ate.’’

Ms Ody said the coun­cil’s good clean dairy­ing pro­mo­tion was in de­vel­op­ment but the coun­cil planned to an­nounce more de­tails closer to the expo.

The num­ber of ex­hibitors at this month’s expo sits at more than 40 com­pared to 25 last year. The expo will run from 9am to 3.30pm. At­ten­dance this year could be boosted as Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil has let dairy farm­ers know about it and the Auck­land Coun­cil has pub­li­cised it.

The expo comes at a time when the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is look­ing to do more to pro­tect water qual­ity and water re­sources in the re­gion from the im­pacts of in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture, es­pe­cially nu­tri­ents and bac­te­ria from live­stock.

‘‘There will be an op­por­tu­nity at the expo to see how the ef­flu­ent pond stor­age cal­cu­la­tor ap­plies to in­di­vid­ual farms us­ing Waikato data,’’ said Ms Ody.

‘‘And be­sides what the ex­hibitors have to of­fer, there will be a num­ber of op­tional sem­i­nars and demon­stra­tions to take in, which will be re­peated through­out the day.’’

Dairynz spon­sored – De­sign and con­struc­tion of dairy ef­flu­ent stor­age ponds (Theresa Wil­son, Dairynz and Rex Cor­lett, Opus).

Fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of sys­tem up­grades – pay­ing to per­form (Ge­off Cot­ton, Na­tional Bank).

Smart water use for ef­flu­ent man­age­ment (Gord Ste­wart and Wayne Berry, Dairynz)

Op­ti­mis­ing ef­flu­ent man­age­ment us­ing stor­age (David Houl­brooke, Agre­search).

Con­sented dis­charges of treated ef­flu­ent to wa­ter­ways – the next steps (Natasha Hay­ward, Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil).

Mak­ing the most of pig ef­flu­ent and stay­ing com­pli­ant (Jaye Hill, NZ Pork and Kate Ody, Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil).

Bio­gas op­por­tu­ni­ties from stored pig ef­flu­ent (Stephan Hue­beck, NIWA)

Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil staff will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions about com­ply­ing with coun­cil rules on ef­flu­ent man­age­ment.

Out­side the venue vis­i­tors will be able to see demon­stra­tions of a range of ef­flu­ent ir­ri­ga­tors.

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