Give stock a green ride to the greener pastures, farmers urged
Thursday 23 May
With truckloads of dairy herds hitting the road as the milking season winds down, farmers and truckers are being reminded of the steps to take to ensure the animals ride cleanly.
Cows and cattle beasts need to be kept off green feed for at least four hours before transportation, to minimise the amount of effluent they may generate during the journey.
“In recent years farmers and operators have mostly demonstrated they know what to do to prevent stock effluent getting on to roads and into watercourses,” says the Taranaki Regional Council’s Director-Resource Management, Fred McLay. “These days, we get very, very few reports of this occurring, but we need to see that record maintained and even improved.”
Farmers may need to plan ahead to make sure they have a suitable place to stand their stock away from green feed. The animals can be given dry feed (grain, hay or meal) and water, if necessary.
The region also has a good network of stock-truck effluent disposal sites, making it easier for operators and drivers need to ensure that truck effluent tanks are empty before picking up stock.
They should also clean machinery, vehicles and equipment before and after moving between farms to avoid spreading pest plants.