Dairy effluent – milking a resource

If you are planning to expand your dairy operation and want to know how to manage the extra effluent, come to the Dairy Effluent Field Day being held on Thursday March 3, at Ardmona.

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Senior Project Officer Nick O’Halloran said the half-day event will provide valuable advice on navigating local government permits and approval processes, managing dairy effluent.

“Dairy effluent is a valuable resource, rich with nutrients, organic carbon and energy, and can be applied to pastures as fertiliser and soil conditioner,” Mr O’Halloran said. 

“At the field day we will be discussing the emerging technologies that could harness the energy in effluent that will help offset dairy power costs. 

“To cope with increased effluent loads resulting from higher stocking rates and more time on feedpads and holding yards, effluent management requires greater attention to minimise negative impacts on soil, pasture and herd health.

“Having the right effluent system in place and a clear plan of where and when to apply effluent, will not only minimise these risks but maximise pasture growth response and returns.”

The field day will be held at Gawne Holdings Dairy, 415 Turnbull Rd, Ardmona on Thursday, March 3, from 9:30am to 1:00pm with lunch provided. 

RSVP to Nick O’Halloran by email Nick.O’Halloran@ecodev.vic.gov.au or phone 0438 321 528.

This event is supported by the Victorian Government and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Beyond SoilCare program through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.