Managing effluent overview
In the past, dairy effluent hasn't been valued. However 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.
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
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has information and guidelines about potential risks to the environment and how to prevent water pollution from your business.