Lower ponds during summer
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