12 May 2009

Dairy farmers offered training on dealing with farm waste

9:18 am on 12 May 2009

The agricultural industry training organisation is doing its bit to improve the dairy industry's environmental performance by offering a course on how best to manage dairy effluent.

Chief executive Kevin Bryant says the organisation has developed the course in response to requests from the industry.

He says it will include training on what to do with cow-shed effluent, what the risks are if the effluent is not dealt with properly, and the responsibility of the farm team to manage it.

Mr Bryant says the course will also show how effluent can be used as a fertiliser to help cut on-farm costs.

The course will be rolled out in Waikato, Manawatu, Canterbury and Southland over the next two months, and will be available nationally next year.