Effluent Management

​​​​All dairy farm premises generate dairy effluent. It is important that this effluent is soundly managed and not ignored. Dairy Farmers, like all members of society, have a duty not to pollute the environment.

A Farm Dairy Premises Effluent Management Code of Practice (the Code) has been designed to ensure that dairy farm effluent is managed in a responsible manner which is unlikely to have a negative impact on the environment:

  Farm Dairy Premises Effluent Management Code of Practice   (544Kb)

​​This booklet is a useful resource for understanding Effluent Management on dairy farms, and who to call for assistance:

  Effluent Management Booklet   (1Mb)

The Effluent and Manure Management Database for the Australian Dairy Industry website  stores information that underpins guidelines for dairy effluent management. It includes advice for:
  • On-farm effluent designs
  • Principles for effective effluent management
  • Design criteria for components of effluent containment and reuse systems
  • Decision support systems and relevant tools

An Effluent Management Plan needs to be developed and implemented for farm dairy premises in Tasmania. The following elements should be considered when developing a Farm Dairy Premises Effluent Management Plan:
  • Statement of Intention
  • Property background and scale of enterprise
  • Statement of the farm’s current effluent system and management
  • Contributions to the effluent stream (water audit)
  • Environmental variable specific to the farm
  • Effluent system options and design specifications
  • Effluent system siting and integration
  • System management notes
  • Effluent conveyance and application notes
  • Nutrients (budgets and mapping)
  • Manure stockpile management (whole property)
  • OH&S requirements
  • Contingency measures

​​​The following list of service provider businesses have achieved a level of competence based on successfully completing all assessments and course requirements for the Design Livestock Effluent Systems Course and are able to offer farmers relevant services with respect to planning, design and management.

​Get t​​​he most out of effluent - Fert$m​art

Many farmers are now finding that when they get soil and fertiliser management ‘right’, they can produce more feed at no extra cost, and with careful planning fertiliser becomes a strategic tool to boost feed when it’s most needed. Fert$mart ​provides farmers and advisors with a planning approach and the know-how to achieve this.​

We highly recommend you visit the Fert$mart website​​.

​Get inspired - read their Tasman​ian case studies​.​

Dam Works Permit Guidelines

These Guidelines provide advice for obtaining a dam permit under the Water Management Act 1999.

Dam Works Permit Guidelines​

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