We run two high horsepower pumps and inline boost pumps to give a constant flow over extra distance. Each unit carries 1.8km of hose. We also carry spare hoses at our yard, enabling us to pump over 2 km. This also ensures those back paddocks get the fertiliser they need and we have an extension available for the pond stirring, allowing 12m of reach.
Effluent irrigation is a weather dependent operation that needs to be monitored carefully to make sure compliance with Regional Council regulations is adhered to. Effluent cannot be applied to wet soil, exceed an application rate of 150kg of nitrogen per hectare per year or exceed an application depth of 25mm per application. Effluent odour cannot extend the boundary of the farmers’ property and most importantly, irrigation cannot occur within 20 metres of a waterway, and 50 metres of Water Supply.
Things to Consider
If possible, graze the paddocks 2–3 days before application of effluent to shorten pasture. Avoid grazing pasture within ten days of Effluent application to reduce animal health risks and maximise pasture nutrient intake.
Why Effluent Irrigation?
Using effluent as a fertiliser can lead to significant cost savings for your farm. On average, just one cow can produce up to $25 worth of nutrients in one year. This means that for every 200 cows you have, you can get around $5,000 worth of nutrients every year, just by using effluent as a fertiliser. Utilise the resources on your farm with effluent irrigation.
Effluent is also a highly effective fertiliser. Over time, it can work to improve the structure and water holding capacity of your farm’s soil. When applied correctly, it will increase your soil’s organic matter levels, leading to increased pasture growth and improved animal health.