Vari­a­tions dif­fer be­tween ef­flu­ent sys­tems

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By GAVIN HAD­DON

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

of

ef­flu­ent

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

built.

This

may

as

20

per

pip­ing 13 per

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