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Do I need a consent for my Dairy Shed Water?

For dairy farmers in the Bay of Plenty region access to a secure and reliable water resource is an essential part of operating a food safe compliant milking shed. For some the requirement to gain resource consent to this valuable water has become complicated and confusing and may leave you unsure as to if your farm is required to apply.

Allegrow’s environmental consulting company is well versed in the specifications and rules that apply to the Bay of Plenty when is comes to both surface water and ground water consents. They are have been working with both farmers and growers in this region for a significant amount of time and are more than happy to help you clear up any grey areas when it comes to your requirements for resource consents on your dairy farm.

Follow this flow chart to see if you require a consent:

Specific to the Bay of Plenty (BOP) region.
Click to download printable version.The resource consent process has been put in place to ensure that not only our natural and physical resources are used efficiently and sustainably but also that at they are allocated fairly. As our economy continues to grow, so too does the pressure on this region’s natural resources. This is especially the case with water, as an increasing number of people take freshwater from the ground and our rivers, lakes and streams to live or help to run their businesses.
Here at Allegrow we believe dairy farmers are a very important part of that economy and we are here to support you in meeting the requirements of the Bay of Plenty regional council.

Find out more about Resource Consents from the BOP Region Council

Quick tips for reducing water use in the dairy shed:

  1. If milk is coming through the milk cooling system intermittently be sure to install a solenoid valve at the inlet to the cooler which is linked to the milk pump, or a variable flow drive so water and milk flow match.
  2. Precool water before it enters the shed to reduce the amount that is needed to cool the milk.
  3. Avoid overflows in all tanks and cylinders. Undertake regular maintenance of pumps and water systems to avoid leaks.
  4. Reuse hot water and cooling water that would otherwise go to waste where possible while still meeting the compliance requirements for this practice under the New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s Code of Practice.
  5. On a hot day wet the yard before milking to stop effluent sticking and use a scraper or backing gate to break up dung after milking before hosing.
  6. Capture and use rainwater from the gutters for yard wash.