Effluent management is an important part of any dairy farm business. Good effluent management has a number of benefits both on and off the farm including:
- Saving money on bought-in fertiliser
- Soil conditioning properties from the organic matter
- Improved soil moisture holding capacity
- Improved nutrient holding capacity
- Productivity gains from pasture responses
A series of short video clips explaining key aspects of effluent management is available from the Dairying for Tomorrow website. Each video has an accompanying printable fact sheet summarising the video topic and providing references for further reading or information on the topic.
The Effluent and Manure Management Database for the Australian Dairy Industry website has reliable and scientifically validated technical information on dairy effluent management adaptable to all dairying regions in Australia. This database stores information that underpins state and regional guidelines on dairy effluent management, technical and farmer-based extension programs and educational material.
It includes advice for:
- On-farm effluent designs
- Principles for effective effluent management
- Design criteria for components of effluent containment and reuse systems
- Decision support systems and relevant tools
Agriculture Victoria maintains a directory of accredited private sector providers who provide effluent design services for dairy farmers.
Nutrients from effluent and sludge provide a valuable source of nutrients and organic carbon. Visit the Dairying for Tomorrow website for further information and to access the nutrients from effluent and sludge calculator.
Tasmanian effluent advice, services and contacts
DairyTas Sustainable Dairying Advisor Rachel Brown can assist with general queries and direct farmers to specific resources and people who can help with effluent advice and services. Phone Rachel on 0409 333 381.
For technical assistance with design of effluent systems, contact the accredited effluent designers below. There is no legal requirement to use one of these designers, but they have completed the industry training and have access to the Effluent Design Toolkit software, which is useful for correctly sizing storages, stone traps and other design features.
Accredited effluent designers
Current at April 2020
Please contact designers directly for quotes. Most work state-wide.
- Robin Badcock, based in central north, 0418 133 737
- Alistair Brooks, Macquarie Franklin, based in south, 0438 476 215
- James Curran, Macquarie Franklin, based in north, 0407 622 483 (certified irrigation designer)
- Sam Dingemanse, CBM, 03 6332 6988
- Ryan Francis, Macquarie Franklin, based in north, 0429 862 227
- Laurie Hooper, AgriTech, based in north-west, 0418 560 417
- Scott Livingston, based in central north, 0438 951 021
- Blair Murray, Irrigation Tas, 0439 083 026
- Greg Poke, Irrigation Tas, 0437 354 122
- Peter Poke, based in Circular Head. 0427 522 291 (accredited building designer)
Contractors with slurry tankers:
- Richard Murrell, 0418 142 518 (state-wide)
Contractors with muck spreaders:
- Kris Davis, 0428 561 386 (Marrawah to Burnie)
- Michael Nichols, 0409 451 430, (Woolnorth to Deloraine)
- Jason Aitken, 0417 377 259 (state-wide)
Farm profitability and sustainability starts with best use of nutrients from fertiliser and effluent. Dairy Australia's Fert$mart project has Tasmanian-specific information and guidelines, including:
- Soil fertility guidelines
- Research and trials
- Local case studies in soil and fertiliser management
- Regional soils information