The ORC reminds farmers to rest stock and clean equipment before Gypsy Day. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Farmers and transporters moving stock in coming weeks are
being warned to ensure they do not spill effluent on the
Taieri's roads and to clean equipment before the move.
As part of the annual switch to winter grazing and farm
changeovers, known as ''Gypsy Day'', taking place from now
until early June, many sharemilkers shift stock between the
Taieri, Southland, Central Otago and North Otago.
The Otago Regional Council is urging dairy farmers
transferring stock to ensure animals are prepared properly
before cartage, by standing them off green feed overnight.
''Farmers and truckies should do the right thing,'' council
environmental monitoring and operations director Jeff
''Standing stock before moving them and avoiding overflow
from truck effluent storage tanks are simple steps to avoid
creating messy and potential dangerous driving conditions.''
Motorists often complained to the council after their cars
were soiled from effluent spilled on Otago roads.
The council had sent information on the region's seven
effluent storage tank sites to all Otago and Southland
stock-moving companies, and expected truck drivers to empty
effluent into them, he said.
Farmers needed to ensure equipment they were moving was
clean, to avoid tracking plant pests from one farm to
They also needed to keep stock away from waterways.
• Motorists can report stock effluent spills to the regional
council pollution line 0800 800-033.