Variations differ between effluent systems
The day had come – yes I received a letter from my dairy company explaining that they would not pick up my milk unless I had adequate effluent storage facilities in place by May 31, 2015.
Obviously 24 hours storage doesn’t make the grade any more!
Over the years I had heard from many farmers who had received the same letter and what they had to do to become compliant.
As a result I decided to turn this requirement into a project which could not only help me but also the clients of my firm.
Since June 1 I’ve visited numerous farms in both the North and South Islands. I’ve seen:
Effluent ponds ranging from 700,000 litres to over 2 million
All types storage tanks
Concrete bunkers both above the ground and below
Even research on effluent bladders Pond stirrers Numerous pumping systems and irrigators including travelling to K-Lines
Solids separators weeping walls.
Along with effluent, in many instances some sort of
and pad is include: Stand off pad Feed pad with troughs Covered feed pad Herd homes. Over three months I’ve become extremely knowledgeable about all the available systems.
Being an accountant though, I wondered how I could save some tax, with having to spend all of this money.
Briefly this is what we get as farmers:
Ponds, settling tanks or other similar improvements for the purpose of the treatment of waste products 5 per cent pa
Construction on the land of feeding platforms, feeding yards, etc, 10 per cent pa
Fencing 100 per cent deductible expenditure
Travelling irrigators per cent pa
Irrigation pumps 13 cent pa
Irrigation cent pa
Rubber for wintering pad 30 per cent pa.
The good news is that my bank manager has been quite helpful.
They had just announced a ‘‘ Rural Environmental
piping 13 per