Ses­sions help shift to water tank rules

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By GORD STE­WART

YOU can’t man­age what you don’t mea­sure.’’ It’s an old adage, al­most a cliche now, but it sure ap­plies to water use on farm. Mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing water use is a coming re­quire­ment for many Waikato dairy farm­ers, given new water take rules for dairy shed use un­der Vari­a­tion 6 to the re­gional plan. It may seem an oner­ous task but some very good ben­e­fits can re­sult from it.

Get­ting the most out of ev­ery litre of water go­ing through the farm dairy makes sense. It can help: Con­trol power use and costs Man­age ef­flu­ent in a cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner Make for ef­fi­cient use of staff time Re­duce water costs if you pay for it by vol­ume, and Meet reg­u­la­tory obli­ga­tions. To help farm­ers meet the de­mands of Vari­a­tion 6, DairyNZ is hold­ing a se­ries of Smart Water Use Ideas Ex­change events, with one of them run­ning lo­cally.

On March 12 the event is at the Gore fam­ily farm, 12 Glen­rowan Rd, off SH29. The ses­sion will re­view re­sults of a re­cent water-use study, con­sider me­ter­ing and mon­i­tor­ing op­tions avail­able and dis­cuss water-use ef­fi­ciency and water-loss preven­tion in op­er­a­tion.

The ses­sion is from 10.30am till 12.30pm. Lunch is pro­vided fol­low­ing and some great draw prizes are of­fered.

See dairynz.co.nz/events for in­for­ma­tion.

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Cows at work: To help farm­ers meet the de­mands of Vari­a­tion 6, DairyNZ is hold­ing a se­ries of Smart Water Use Ideas Ex­change events, with one of them run­ning lo­cally.

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