7 Aug 2010

Fonterra tightens scrutiny of farm effluent systems

2:56 pm on 7 August 2010

Fonterra will from now on be checking the effluent systems of all the farms supplying it with milk every year.

After being tested in a pilot scheme in Waikato, a programme for every farm, every year is being rolled out throughout the country.

The aim is to improve compliance with regional council dairy effluent rules.

A Clean Streams Accord survey earlier this year showed 15% of farms were significantly breaching the conditions.

Farms that don't measure up in the annual checks will be referred to a team of sustainable dairy specialists, who will help the farmers to work out a plan with a deadline for fixing their effluent problems.