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Dairy industry expects effluent compliance to improve

Posted in Rural News

Effluent storage

Intensive agriculture has been under pressure to sort out its effluent disposal systems, to nulify contamination into the acquifiers and waterways.

With such a rapid expansion with growth some dairy farmers systems have been found wanting, and an industry approach to solve this issue, appears to be making progress.

The regional council in Canterbury has struggled to handle this rapid growth in dairying and irrigation, and a partnership has been formed between them,  Dairy NZ, milk processors, and the farmers themselves, to solve the problem.

Results look promising to date, but must continue to repair the risk of tarnishing our "clean green image" of farming.

The dairy industry’s focus on improving effluent consent compliance in Canterbury is beginning to pay off, according to figures released by Environment Canterbury today reports Scoop. The preliminary monitoring figures for the 2009/10 dairy season – which covers the year to the end of May – show the rate of significant non-compliance fell to 8 percent, down from 19 percent in the previous season.

DairyNZ, Fonterra, Synlait, New Zealand Dairies and Federated Farmers have been working with Environment Canterbury to provide information and advice to farmers on adopting good effluent management practices. DairyNZ strategy and investment leader – sustainability, Dr Rick Pridmore, said the industry is hoping the information being passed on to farmers over the coming dairy season will lead to year-on-year improvements in compliance.

“With the effort I know farmers are putting into this area on a daily basis, and the support the industry is making available to them to get this right, we aim to cut out these cases of significant non-compliance altogether and drive some real improvements in the way we manage our nutrient resources.”
 

Fonterra general manager sustainable production, John Hutchings, said “We saw green shoots of improvement last season and committed to this initiative and put more resource into this area of our business.”He said farmers were receiving information on how to self-assess their systems at the start of the dairy season – an approach launched in Canterbury which is now being used in other regions across the country. “The progress is pleasing but the work starts again on farms over the coming weeks when they pull out their checklists and assess their options to help them comply with their resource consents.”
 

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27 Comments

I love farting. I love the

I love farting. I love the feel of the fart before I fart it out. I love the feel and the sound of the fart as I'm farting it out. I love the smell of the fart after I've farted it out. I love the feeling in my guts which tells me another fart is on the way. Farting is like reading what envious property havenots write because it's all just smelly gas.

How lovely for you. 

How lovely for you. 

"Dairy effluent compliance

"Dairy effluent compliance improves" ... and ... "Dairy industry expects effluent compliance to improve".
 
So which is it?
What are the chances that farmers and those who make so much money from farming will genuinely care about improving compliance?
Didn't the government recently overthrow the body of people whose job it was to monitor compliance because they weren't bending over backwards far enough for farmers, replacing them with a puppet group whose stated aim was to speed up the approval of resource consents for farmers?
Does anyone really believe that our land and water ways will actually become any less polluted by dairy run-off?
Seriously?

brian brian brian!come on do

brian brian brian!come on do you think farmers are out to wreck the enviroment.comeon get real the farmers best interest are to look after the enviroment.this whole attack the farmers thing is getting a bit old and boring.I question that you are not the most enviromentally savvy person.I bet you drive a car,flush the toilet numerous times a day,drink water,pass wind even!I doubt that you live only on tree leaves and are dressed in a loin cloth.Dont throw stones from your Glass house!

NZ Farmers may not actually

NZ Farmers may not actually be "out to wreck the environment", but they certainly don't give a damn about it, although many of them seem to regard the environment as some kind of mortal enemy.

mmmmmm.your onto it they

mmmmmm.your onto it they really dont give a dam about it ok.can you tell me one farmer that doesnt give adam about the enviroment seriously youre a joke what kind of comment is that.you obviosly wear a lion cloth aswell!

"...can you tell me one

"...can you tell me one farmer that doesnt give adam about the enviroment seriously...[?]"
 
Every farmer I have ever met (and we're talking hundreds). Farmers will do to their local environment (and the environment in general) whatever they think it will take to maximise outputs. If they believed that soaking the topsoil in a concentrated solution containing plutonium would increase yields and profits by 0.00000001% then every farm in NZ would soon be glowing in the dark.

What a stinking pile of

What a stinking pile of effluent. You obviously hang out with idiots like Russell Norman and hang on every ill-informed word he speaks. 92% of farmers compliant, 8% uncompliant, yet all farmers don't care. You need to look at some of the entrants in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, these people are shining examples of what many are striving to do on their farms.
The likes of Alan Crafar and co are the minority not the majority. Again your statements are absolute rubbish, feel free to come and visit my farm any time you like and I will walk you through our Nutrient budgets, expenditure on riparian planting, and effluent management.

What a stinking pile of

What a stinking pile of effluent. You obviously hang out with idiots like Russell Norman and hang on every ill-informed word he speaks. 92% of farmers compliant, 8% uncompliant, yet all farmers don't care. You need to look at some of the entrants in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, these people are shining examples of what many are striving to do on their farms.
The likes of Alan Crafar and co are the minority not the majority. Again your statements are absolute rubbish, feel free to come and visit my farm any time you like and I will walk you through our Nutrient budgets, expenditure on riparian planting, and effluent management.

Sorry Bob, but most farmers

Sorry Bob, but most farmers think nothing of doing stuff like digging a big hole on their land and throwing all their garbage into it. Old cars, refrigerators, TV sets, containers of drench and chemicals, household waste, whatever, it all goes in, with a gleeful smirk and a wink.
They gouge tracks and roads and drainage ditches wherever they please, no matter how badly it disfigures the landscape or damages delicate ecosystems, then roar and moan if anybody takes them to task for it.
Most farmers will do anything to the land they think they can get away with and few have any respect at all for the environment.
This is the legacy of the "I'm All Right, Jack" methods NZ farmers have been applying for generations, and you just have to accept that the rest of the country despises you for it.

No point responding any

No point responding any further, you still live in the 80's by those comments and obviously are seriously deluded. The only advice I can offer you is to seek professional help.

No, I live in a rural

No, I live in a rural district and visit farms and farmers every working day.
 
With farmers devoting so much time and energy to screaming about "bloody interfering greenies!", don't you think that will make the rest of us understand that farmers have little time for the environment? 

Are you the same anonymous

Are you the same anonymous that lives in Akld. Do you have the ability to be omnipresent

But it is quite ok for urban

But it is quite ok for urban authorities to pollute - in fact some have a consent for polluting waterways 24/7.

'Tens of thousands of cubic metres of treated wastewater were discharged into Raglan's Whaingaroa Harbour in the five days leading up to the town's annual mid-winter swim in which more than 30 people took part.

Those discharges have drawn criticism from Whaingaroa Harbour Care's Fred Lichtwark, but Waikato District Council has defended its decision, saying it risked overflows at the town's treatment ponds if it did not release the wastewater, the result of heavy rain.'

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/3881018/Wastewater-dumped-duri...

Polluting anywhere or

Polluting anywhere or anything is bad.
 
Rural, urban, it must stop.
 
Neither city-dwellers nor farmers should be pointing the finger at anyone else, because both are as bad as each other.
 
Cities are pigsties full of people who couldn't care less, while farms and farmers are no better in any way. 

There is one major difference

There is one major difference between urban and agriculture pollution. Urban authorities can and do, pollute at will with no chance of prosecution, agriculture on the other hand can be prosecuted, and the worst polluters are. The farmer prosecutions make headline news, whilst the urban pollution is hardly a blip on the radar screen. This one-sided reporting and one-sided prosecution system, gives the impression that all farmers are polluters and all urban dwellers are environmentally perfect. Sections of both societies are guilty, just as sections of both societies are environmentally aware and are making an effort to make a difference.

Clean, green 100% pure is, and always was, a myth. So long as humans inhabit this earth in the numbers that are here today, there will be some form of degradation of our environment. The challenge to all is to mitigate it to the best of everyone's ability. Nirvana, never has, and never will, exist.

Now you're just hoping to

Now you're just hoping to distract people by pointing fingers.
 
Pollution is pollution.
 
It doesn't really matter whether it's individual, corporations or councils, because it's still pollution.
 
Running around screaming "SO? THEY DO IT TOO!" changes or improves nothing.
 
Anything, anyone and everyone polluting must stop doing it.

sorry loin cloth.

sorry loin cloth.

the biggest problem here is

the biggest problem here is that a majority of farmers care and do all thay can to look after the enviroment. A small minority have flaunted everything(and received awards-usually because they are the best bullsh*tters) and been treated with kid gloves when they should have had the book thrown at them. Now the likes of EW want to throw it at everybody.They are largely responsible

@ RJ 'a majority of farmers

@ RJ
'a majority of farmers care and do all thay can to look after the enviroment.'
That's not my experience with farmers at all!

This issue could be sorted

This issue could be sorted inside a week. With modern systems, technology and effective monitoring there is no reason for non compliance. If a cockie fails his milk stops getting collected end of story. As I say sorted in a week! I do however feel sorry for the vast majority of cow cockies who do comply and get panned. As for the guy whos grizzling about on farm rubbish pits, has none of his enviromental footprint ever ended up in the local tip?

The next generation will look

The next generation will look on all our dairy farms with the same horror we look upon previous generations who chopped down all the native bush until there is little left. The facts are our waterways are deteriorating and it is a real problem. Fertiliser application is virtually unregulated and nitrates in the ground water are a big problem. How many farmers still let their stock walk through waterways? A fair number.

Totally agree ! How many

Totally agree ! How many farmers still let their stock walk through waterways?  Almost all here in the SI. Streams are heavily polluted, because they are not fenced off.

Yeah great thinking skeeter

Yeah great thinking skeeter lets just let the whole country revert back to native bush. Since dairy farmers are paying for our future perhaps we need to work with them not just bag them with hysterical generalities. For your info in my fathers time dairysheds and piggeries were localed next to streams and so that the effluent could be washed straight in. Weve come along way which you clearly are unaware of. Yes some have more to do but lets have some balance in the debate, dairy farming is a huge part of all our futures.

Reading your article and the

Reading your article and the only comment I have to make so far: "Empty words" - no actions on the ground. Another classical example of our "NZ Uneconomic Growth" - Eco Tourism vs Dairy Farming !!!!!
 
WK

Yeah right... good plan. Lets

Yeah right... good plan. Lets ban dairy farming that should work a treat.

Sheep Shagger - no lets ban

Sheep Shagger - no lets ban the lobby group, which makes false statements.