In the past, dairy effluent was viewed as a useless by-product of the milking process.
Management techniques were centered on disposal on sacrifice paddocks or treating it in a two pond system to reduce its strength.
With continuing research and a far better understanding of effluent management the industry focus has shifted away from a waste mentality to a resource utilisation approach.
Today there is a far greater awareness of the importance of effluent management from both an environmental protection perspective and the industry's marketability.
The dairy industry must continue to strive for a "clean and green" image by adopting current best management practices and adapting to change.
Responsibilities of farmers
Ensuring a viable future for the Victorian dairy industry means producing milk in a sustainable, lawful and safe way. Dairy producers have a legal responsibility to contain all dairy effluent within their farm boundaries.
In addition to information on this website, guidelines about potential risks to the environment and legislation effluent management can be found on the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria's website.
For further information on effluent management please contact a Dairy Extension Officer from your nearest Agriculture Victoria office:
Echuca (03) 5482 1922
Ellinbank (03) 5624 2222
Leongatha (03) 5662 9900
Maffra (03) 5147 0800
Tatura (03) 5833 5222
Warrnambool (03) 5561 9946