Irrigation New Zealand
Dealing with Effluent Issues Post Canterbury Windstorm

Step 1: Be open and honest

  • Inform Regional Council and Milk company
  • Record everything you do
  • Inform staff of new practices and monitor carefully to ensure changes bed in
  • Draft a plan to avoid this problem in the future – share it with everyone

Step 2: Focus on minimising effluent generation

  • Make sure cows are calm coming to the shed
  • Hold them in the yard for the shortest time and keep them calm while there. Keep dogs well away
  • Scrape the yard and stockpile in a secure place or apply back to paddocks as a semi solid (watch loadings)
  • Be very careful with hoses, do not leave any hoses running when not in use
  • Do the minimum acceptable wash down
  • Divert any clean water away from the effluent collection system
  • Make sure all rain water is diverted away safely
  • Manage cooling water carefully, if possible divert any excess

Step 3: Maximise use of storage

Step 4: Apply responsibly

  • Most effluent is dilute and can be applied with a normal traveller – talk to a cropping neighbour
  • Check clean water irrigators frequently for signs of blockage
  • If using small orifice irrigators take extra care. Set intakes off the bottom of ponds to avoid solids blocking the system
  • Solids contain high levels of nutrients – take extra care in applying near waterways or on shallow soils
  • Discuss options to apply solids to crops instead of fertilisers – talk to neighbours

NEWS

Common sense prevails on water tax

20th October 2017

IrrigationNZ says that a decision by the new government not to introduce a water tax would be a victory for common sense. IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis has congratulated Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the new government. Speaking to media….. Read more

Irrigation Innovation Award – entries now open

26th September 2017

Farms and businesses with new products, technologies, or practices that exemplify innovation in irrigation are being encouraged to enter IrrigationNZ’s ‘Innovation in Irrigation Award’, sponsored by Southern Wide Real Estate. The highly prestigious award promotes innovation in irrigation and has a….. Read more

Call for abstracts to benefit irrigators 

26th September 2017

IrrigationNZ is inviting short abstracts to be submitted on irrigated related topics for its 2018 Conference to be held in Central Otago, New Zealand. The conference has the theme of unlocking a golden future and IrrigationNZ is seeking to highlight new,….. Read more

Water tax ‘not about water bottlers’ – they’ll pay less than 3%

22nd September 2017

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the party’s proposed water tax by saying it’s about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ. When Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last night’s TVNZ Leader’s Debate whether rural New Zealand….. Read more

Water tax by the numbers: A breakdown

18th September 2017

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labour’s proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ. This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Operator and Manager Training – Darfield

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Proudly supported by our Training Partners             TRAINING FOR IRRIGATION OPERATORS AND MANAGERS – IMPROVE YOUR IRRIGATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE DARFIELD Where: Darfield Rec Centre When: 10am- 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 Cost: IrrigationNZ Members $350 +GST and Non-members $550….. Read more

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

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