Effluent under the spotlight at two-day expo

The latest in farm effluent technology is set to be showcased at a two-day expo.

Almost 100 exhibitors from across New Zealand are set to take part in the New Zealand Effluent Expo at Mystery Creek near Hamilton on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Event organiser and farmer Amanda Hodgson took over the event from the Waikato Regional Council. 

"We thought it was a really important event to the industry," she said.

"It's just providing the ongoing, continued education in this forever changing environment," said Mrs Hodgson.

The expo will feature products and services available to dairy farmers to learn ways to modify and upgrade their on-farm effluent systems. 

Farmers will have the opportunity to consult with industry experts and accredited effluent system designers 

Four industry seminars will also be run across the two days, including:

- Fonterra on sustainability and the future of good management practices

- Dairy Effluent Storage Calculator

- Water use and efficiency on dairy farms

- Effluent options for smaller herd dairy farms

After the seminars on day one, Damien O'Connor will be present for a question and answer session, hosted by Rabobank's Emma Higgins.

Amanda Hodgson said the expo also highlights a more collaborative effort between companies involved in helping farmers manage effluent and meeting strengthening compliance rules.

The event has been timed to take place after the busy mating period on many of the country's dairy farms.

It runs on Tuesday November 27th and Wednesday 28th November.

Listen to the the full interview with Amanda Hodgson above.

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