Strive to do best pooh ponds

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

fo­cused on con­struc­tion and the third day on pond de­sign.

In­fraTrain’s na­tional op­er­a­tions man­ager Ross Les­lie said the work­shops, held in six places na­tion­wide, cov­ered the prac­ti­cal as­pects of de­sign and con­struc­tion.

‘‘The course aims to en­sure that those build­ing stor­age ponds have all the in­for­ma­tion they need to build an ef­flu­ent pond that is com­pli­ant and will pro­vide farm­ers with a great re­turn on in­vest­ment,’’ Mr Les­lie said.

‘‘The prac­tice note pro­vided a good solid base to model the course on and also means there are con­sis­tent mes­sages around pond con­struc­tion.’’

Hugh Rat­sey, from Opus, said it was really good to see such a range of com­pa­nies across the North and South is­lands par­tic­i­pat­ing in the course.

‘‘This course re­quired a high level of par­tic­i­pa­tion and those who at­tended re­sponded well to the prac­ti­cal ex­am­ples and the ex­pert guest speak­ers used through­out the pro­gramme,’’ he said.

‘‘Our course train­ers have many years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in this busi­ness and were heav­ily in­volved in draft­ing Prac­tice Note 21. At­ten­dees made the most of hav­ing th­ese ex­perts on-hand.’’

Farm­ers can ac­cess the full list of con­trac­tors and de­sign­ers at: www.in­fratrain.co.nz/ dairy_­ef­flu­ent.htm.

NEW STAN­DARDS: A train­ing course is in place for up­skilling in re­gards to dairy ef­flu­ent ponds, such as this one.

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