More Canterbury farmers obey poo rules

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 13:43 28/08/2014

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Environment Canterbury says more dairy farmers are following rules for disposing of their cows' waste, although the number of farmers seriously breaching dairy effluent consents has increased from 2013.

Initial figures prepared for the Canterbury Region Dairy Report show 72.4 per cent of farms visited by ECan inspectors complied with their consents to store and discharge cows' effluent in the 2013-2014 dairy season. The figure is slightly higher than the 71.9 per cent compliance rate recorded in 2012-2013.

Ninety-six Canterbury dairy farms were found to be significantly non-compliant with their effluent consents, up from 68 last year.

ECan director of resource management Kim Drummond said the results were pleasing, especially because the authority had seen no cases serious enough to warrant prosecution.

Some 1100 dairy farms are now operating in Canterbury, an increase of 72 from the previous dairy season.

A full report on effluent compliance is expected later in the year.

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- The Timaru Herald

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