Get pumped for effluent expo
1 October 2019
Head along to this year’s Effluent and Environment Expo for everything you need to manage and plan your whole farm effluent system.
After another successful event in 2018, the Effluent and Environment Expo (for farmers nationwide) is returning to Waikato’s Mystery Creek Events Centre on November 19 and 20.
More than 90 exhibitors will be available to give advice on all your design, storage, containment, management, application and technology needs to future-proof your farm system.
DairyNZ is sponsoring the two-day event and will be on- site with resources and independent advisers.
Seminars led by industry experts, including some from DairyNZ, will provide a great opportunity to ask questions and get involved in discussions with other farmers.
This year’s keynote speaker is former All Blacks coach, Sir Graham Henry, who will speak after exhibits have closed on Tuesday afternoon.
Amanda Hodgson, who owns and run the event with husband Matt, says they’ve launched a new strategy for the expo in 2019, in response to pressure from farmers wanting more answers on managing their total environmental footprint, including effluent management.
“Management of a farm’s total environment is under the spotlight more than ever, so farmers are asking for wider solutions than just how to manage effluent around their dairies or dairy housing systems,” she says.
“Effluent management is still the expo’s primary focus for now, but we can see potential to broaden that out to offer farmers advice, products and services across the entire farm environment package.”
Meanwhile, DairyNZ’s biosecurity experts will be on hand to talk about simple steps to protect against disease, pests and weeds. Waikato Regional Council, Ministry for Primary Industries and OSPRI will also be on the biosecurity stand to help answer questions and to check your NAIT account.
Entry is free and farmers can choose to attend one or both days. Please register online to secure your seat in the seminars – effluentexpo.co.nz
Certification and WOF scheme
At the expo, farmers will have access to companies that have been through an accreditation process.
DairyNZ worked with partners to set up training and tools to help designers of effluent management systems attain accreditation, which is an assessment of competency.
The Farm Dairy Effluent System Design Accreditation programme is administered by IrrigationNZ and funded by DairyNZ. It requires the design organisations to demonstrate systems and processes that provide assurance of good design practice resulting in fit-for-purpose effluent systems.
There are 18 accredited companies – find one close to you at effluentaccreditation.co.nz and at the expo.
Farmers can also learn more about the Dairy Effluent Warrant of Fitness programme, which allows you to get your system assessed by a trained and certified independent professional. Visit dairynz.co.nz/wof
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