Media release

Mooving Day stock transfer preparations bring reminder to reduce effluent spillage

Wednesday 24 May 2017

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is reminding farmers to stand stock overnight as sharemilkers prepare for Mooving Day - the annual transfer of animals between farms for winter grazing in Otago.

ORC director environmental monitoring and operations Scott MacLean said dairy farmers, sharemilkers, and transport operators need to take joint responsibility to keep the roads clean and waterways healthy between now and mid-June when stock transport intensifies due to farm changeovers and winter grazing.

“When effluent spills on roads from trucks carting the stock it creates a potential hazard for motorists, and if the effluent travels further into waterways it can harm water quality,” Mr MacLean said.

“Preventing these incidents is straightforward. Farmers should stand stock off green feed overnight before they are moved, and we urge them to keep animals well away from waterways during the move.

“Truck drivers can help by making sure their effluent storage tanks are emptied before re-loading their trucks with stock, and by regularly using any of the seven effluent disposal sites around Otago,” Mr MacLean said.

Six sites are located along State Highway 1 between Oamaru and Clinton, with another at Raes Junction.

For more information contact

Scott MacLean
Director environmental monitoring and operations
Ph 0800 474 082 or 027 411 9459