Lower ponds dur­ing sum­mer

Matamata Chronicle - - Farming -

A DairyNZ- funded report has high­lighted prac­ti­cal ways to im­prove Waikato’s ef­flu­ent com­pli­ance re­sults.

Com­pli­ance data pro­vided by re­gional coun­cils na­tion­wide was an­a­lysed by AgFirst Waikato’s Ni­cola Waugh, who pro­duced a report iden­ti­fy­ing trends in the re­gion’s sig­nif­i­cant ef­flu­ent non-com­pli­ance.

The in­for­ma­tion is be­ing used in DairyNZ’s Keep It Low cam­paign, launched last sum­mer to re­mind farm­ers to ir­ri­gate in the drier months and to get ef­flu­ent ponds as empty as pos­si­ble be­fore win­ter.

This year, the mes­sage is the same – to keep the level of ef­flu­ent in ponds to a min­i­mum – but with ex­tra em­pha­sis on keep­ing ap­pli­ca­tion depths low with an ef­flu­ent ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

DairyNZ en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ist for Waikato, Trevor Fo­ley, said sum­mer was a good time to lower ef­flu­ent pond lev­els.

‘‘ Irrigating when con­di­tions al­low, from mid­sum­mer through to early au­tumn, will mean there is as much free ca­pac­ity as pos­si­ble in the pond, be­fore the wet weather hits,’’ Trevor said.

DairyNZ has devel­oped a range of guides to help farm­ers man­age ef­flu­ent, in­clud­ing A farmer’s guide to build­ing a new ef­flu­ent stor­age pond.

Th­ese guides have been sum­marised in the DairyNZ Ef­flu­ent Re­sources Brochure and high­lighted in a Keep It Low cal­en­dar.

Both are avail­able or­der at dairynz. co. nz phone 0800 4324 7969. to or

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