South Waikato farm­ing co’ fined

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A south Waikato dairy farm­ing com­pany has been fined for the sec­ond time in four years for un­law­fully dis­charg­ing dairy ef­flu­ent.

Fer­naig Farms (2006) Limited was con­victed and fined $33,750 for their ac­tiv­i­ties at their Lich­field prop­erty.

The fine was im­posed in the Rotorua Dis­trict Court last week by Judge CJ Thomp­son fol­low­ing a pros­e­cu­tion taken by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act.

The com­pany owns a num­ber of farms within the Waikato re­gion, in­clud­ing four dairy farms.

A pros­e­cu­tion in 2013 also re­sulted in con­vic­tions and a fine of $30,000 for ef­flu­ent mis­man­age­ment on their Man­gakino prop­erty.

‘‘This has been very dis­ap­point­ing be­hav­iour,’’ said coun­cil’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager Pa­trick Lynch.

‘‘Gen­er­ally, peo­ple learn from the first ex­pe­ri­ence and en­sure it does not hap­pen again.

Lynch said an­other con­cern­ing as­pect was the ob­struc­tive be­hav­iour aimed at the coun­cil staff who were tasked with in­spect­ing the farm prop­erty.

‘‘Cer­tainly the peo­ple on the farm on this oc­ca­sion made it a dif­fi­cult and un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence, suf­fi­ciently that po­lice were called to en­able the in­spec­tion to be car­ried out.’’

‘‘Gen­er­ally, peo­ple learn from the first ex­pe­ri­ence and en­sure it does not hap­pen again.’’ Pa­trick Lynch

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