A fantastic dairy farmer turnout at a recent effluent management field day is a sign of the sector's commitment to doing the right thing by the environment, says organiser Jon Palmer.
Dairy effluent is a valuable resource which, when managed well, increases pasture production and reduces fertiliser costs.
Far North Queensland dairy farmer Dennis Byrnes expects a new effluent irrigation system to pay off in a variety of ways.
Effluent hoses are made easier to drag around by Hose Buoy, an NZ-made gadget that clamps to the hose.
Knowing the soil has always been the basis of good farming because the soil is the foundation of the production system.
Effluent, properly used, can wipe thousands off the annual fertiliser bill, observes the distributors of Slurryquip – Webbline.
Craig Kusabs, chief executive of the Maori agribusiness, Tumunui Trust, says a desire to keep things simple prompted the choice of an Archway Group weeping wall effluent system.
Your old mate had to giggle at a recent media proclamation from the Waikato Regional Council. The local government body boldly claimed it is “taking a fresh approach to helping farmers with effluent management”.
Recent results from AgResearch trials in South Otago as part of the Pastoral 21 project have shown that grazed winter forage crops contribute significantly to the risk of nutrient losses to water.