National Stock Effluent Working Group
The National Stock Effluent Working Group (NSEWG) was the first working group established by the RCA Forum in 1997. Its purpose was to bring together all the appropriate industry groups involved with the movement of stock. The objective was to develop practices and solutions to reduce the amount of effluent falling from stock trucks on to New Zealand roads. The Group has a mantra:
"The discharge of stock effluent from trucks on roads is not "some-one else's problem" - it is the responsibility of everybody involved to play their part."
The group comprises representatives of Federated Farmers, the Meat Industry Association, the Road Transport Forum, the New Zealand Stock and Station Agents Association, New Zealand Transport Agency, road controlling authorities, regional councils, Automobile Association, Dairy New Zealand, Beef and Lamb NZ, the NZ MotorCycle Safety Council and the Ministries of Transport and Agriculture and Fisheries. The Group has an external facilitator, Fiona Knight.
NSEWG's principal focus is to ensure there is a nation-wide network of effluent disposal facilities, both in-transit and at destination points in meatworks and saleyards. It is also implementing a New Zealand-wide communications strategy to ensure that all parties understand and fulfil their roles.
The NSEWG has released three publications:
- Industry Code of Practice for the Minimisation of Stock Effluent Spillage from Trucks on Roads
- A Practical Guide to Providing Facilities for Stock Effluent Disposal from Trucks
- Stock Effluent from Trucks: Resource Management Guidelines for Local Authorities
During 2009 Environment Southland coordinated a campaign to minimise effluent spillage when dairy cattle were moved to winter grazing. The success of the Southland regional campaign proves that all parties can successfully play their part.
The NSEWG provides speakers to address regional meetings, such as Regional Transport Committees, Local Government Zone Meetings, and industry groups on request. Contact us to arrange a speaker.
- Current Topics
MOTO NZ (Motorcyclists Own The Options) is a new advocacy group funded by the $30 motorcycle levy on bike registrations. You can find out more about them at www.motonz.org.nz
Discharging effluent from trucks on to dairy farms has been proposed and a risk assessment has been prepared to identify the key issues involved. A fact sheet for farmers has also been prepared. Read more>
Guidelines for transporting stock: A one-page check-sheet has been prepared for the management and preparation of stock prior to, and during, transportation between farms or from farms to sale yards, meat processors or wintering pasture. This initiative to support the responsible transport of livestock has been supported by the Meat Industries Association of New Zealand, Fonterra, DairyNZ, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Federated Farmers of New Zealand, the Stock and Station Industry, the road transport sector, regional councils and road controlling authorities and corridor managers. The guidelines can be downloaded here or from the bottom of this page.
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