Almost a third of Northland dairy farms are significantly non-compliant when it comes to effluent discharges and the region’s top environment watchdog says the upward trend needs to change.
Northland Regional Council (NRC) started annual inspections on all dairy farms on 22 August and by last November 25 officials had visited 75 per cent of the farms by early December and hoped to have the remainder to be completed by Christmas. There are 925 dairy farms in Northland.
Of the 486 farms with discharge consents checked, the rate of significant non-compliance was 79 farms, or 16 per cent, compared with 72, or 12 per cent, in 2015.
Non-compliance was slightly up in 2016, from 27 per cent last year to 29 per cent while the rate of full compliance improved from 55 per cent to 61 per cent.
Source: The Cattle Site News Desk