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ANEW code of practice and design
standards for dairy farm effluent sys-
tems will show farmers what good
looks like, according to the group behind the
work. The release of the Farm Dairy Effluent
Design Code of Practice and Design
Standards comes after two years of develop-
ment by representatives across the dairy
industry, the effluent services industry, and
regional council. A farmer guide -- planning
the right system for your farm -- has also
been produced to help take farmers through
the process of having a new system designed
and built based on the new code.
The standards provide a set of criteria
against which to measure the adequacy of
farm dairy effluent systems in New Zealand.
The code guides designers through a thor-
ough process for developing a farm dairy
effluent system which is fit for purpose.
Tim Scott, of the New Zealand Milking &
Pumping Trade Association Inc, sees this as
a positive development for effluent system
designers and installers as well as farmers.
"We expect farmers will seek out the serv-
ices of suppliers who follow the recommen-
dations in the new code and standards
because those recommendations will lead to
more profitable effluent nutrient manage-
ment and environmental benefits as well,"
Mr Scott said.
"The effluent services industry sees this as
a way of lifting the bar on the level of serv-
ices and equipment we provide to farmers in
Dr Theresa Wilson, DairyNZ's develop-
ment project manager -- effluent, says 28
submissions were considered by a technical
group before finalising the code and stan-
"Interest in these developments from the
effluent services industry and farmers has
been particularly high; which is understand-
able as they set out for the first time an
industry-agreed approach to the design and
upgrade of effluent systems."
"This code has been needed because of the
many new kinds of systems that have come
around since farmers have moved from two-
pond systems to land application of effluent.
Poorly designed and installed systems have
contributed to non-compliance with regional
Irrigation New Zealand chief executive
Andrew Curtis saids during 2011 informa-
tion sessions, formal training and an accred-
itation process for effluent system designers
and suppliers would be delivered to bring
them up to speed with the code and stan-
"We plan to have industry training courses
for designers and installers up and running
by mid year, followed by an accreditation
process. In the interim farmers should ask
their suppliers if their recommendations are
based on the code and standards documents."
Federated Farmers dairy chairman
Lachlan Mackenzie said resources for farm-
ers were being developed to help them work
through the changes with their designers and
effluent system contractors.
"Good support resources will let dairy
farmers make better decisions around invest-
ing in advice and systems which give them
peace of mind and they also go a long way to
making systems easier to manage on a daily
Emma Parsons, Fonterra's manager sus-
tainable dairying field team, said the dairy
company was supportive of the code and
standards and advised farmers to use the
farmer guide resources.
"This is another important part of a variety
of initiatives happening in the dairy industry
to improve the way effluent is managed. Our
sustainable dairying advisors are able to help
suppliers who are considering upgrading
their system to talk through how the code
can benefit them in that process."
Irrigation New Zealand, the New Zealand
Milking and Pumping Trade Association,
Fonterra, and DairyNZ and Federated
Farmers Dairy are committed to implement-
ing the standards and the code.
The documents are available for download
Backing sought for new code
WESTLAND Milk Products dairy
farms are 93 per cent compliant
with the effluent disposal
requirements set by the West Coast
The remaining 7 per cent is working
with the Regional Council and Westland to
become 100 per cent compliant.
Rod Quin, Westland chief executive,
said the figures demonstrated dairy
farmers' increasing commitment towards
"The figures are encouraging and show
our dairy farmers are taking responsible
dairying seriously," Mr Quin said.
Westland is working with each of the
non-compliant farms. "We are working
alongside the Regional Council and the
farmers to address non-compliance, all of
whom have undertaken to make improve-
ments to becoming certified."
Mr Quin said despite some of the misin-
formation in the public, the region's water-
ways were safe for swimming. In isolated
cases in the past where waterways had
been declared not safe, dairying had not
been the cause.
The aim of both Westland and the
Regional Council are for its dairy farmers
to be 100 per cent compliant at all times.
"These results show our efforts are
heading in the right direction," Mr Quin
Mr Quin said it was in everyone's inter-
est to operate sustainable practices on
The guidelines have been created in con-
sultation with industry representatives
including Dairy NZ, regional councils, ani-
mal welfare and veterinary groups.
On completion, the Code will be binding
for Westland dairy farmers and has
enforcement rules. "The farm is part of the
food chain is therefore part of the cus-
tomer's purchasing experience."
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