This article originally appeared on News24.co.nz.
The dairy industry is facing a major overhaul as a result of the Government’s decision to introduce a new legal requirement for farmers to disclose their cow manure and feedlots are being asked to pay for a major upgrade.
The changes will mean dairy and beef producers will have to disclose all the feedlot’s manure on the farm.
They can’t hide it anywhere.
They can’t say it is “inadvertent” or they won’t get caught with it.
“We’re talking about a huge number of farms.
I would expect there are hundreds of thousands of farms,” Dairy Queen Dairy Farm owner Gary Griffiths said.
He said his dairy had to spend $300,000 upgrading their barns to be able to handle the extra manure.
The requirement for dairy producers to disclose the feedlot’s manure and its contents has been introduced under the Government-appointed Farm to Farm Land Management Council (FFMC).
The FMC is responsible for overseeing the welfare of the farmers in the dairy industry.
But the Council has been criticised by the dairy sector for its lack of transparency and its failure to enforce its rules.
Mr Griffiths says there is no doubt the new rules will help the industry improve its standards.
“You have to understand the whole issue is the cows are moving, we’re moving cows around and we’re doing a lot of things to try and mitigate the impact on our animals,” he said.
“The whole thing is being managed very carefully and it’s the cattle that are paying for that.”
What you need to know about the dairy crisis:Key points:Dairy farmers have been asked to spend about $300k on a major upgrades to their barn barns, and dairy processors are required to disclose feedlot manureThe rules will make it much harder for farmers and processors to hide the manure that’s been used on their farmsUnder the new legal requirements, dairy and meat producers will be required to report any feedlot waste on the farmer’s farm to the Council.
The Council has agreed to implement the new reporting requirements on behalf of farmers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Mr Griffin says the requirements have had an immediate impact.
“I think people are really excited.
They don’t know what they can do.
It’s not going to take us long to get that information,” he told ABC Local Radio.
He says it will be a challenge for farmers who have no experience or training in composting and cleaning.
Dairy farming in Australia is one of the biggest industries in the world.
It employs over 4 million people and is responsible to produce more than 2.5 billion tonnes of milk and cheese a year.
In 2017, it made $2.6 billion in profits and produced $1.8 billion in exports.
The Government’s proposed new Farm to Country Land Management Regulations include the following new requirements:The new requirements mean dairy farms will have the right to disclose what they have used on the farms, but not the amount of manure they have disposed of.
Farmers will also have to inform the Council about the amount and type of feedlotte manure that they have on the property.
“It’s not really clear to me how many cows, how many calves and what the cattle are eating,” Mr Griffiths explained.
However, he is concerned the new regulations are not comprehensive enough.
“You can’t put all of the cows in one basket.
They’re all moving, they’re all changing, they might be sick and then you’ve got a lot more cows in a particular feedlot,” he explained.”
There’s a whole list of things that we have to go through.
I don’t think there’s anything that’s easy.”
The changes have been welcomed by many farmers.
The Queensland Cattle Industry Association (QCAIA) is concerned about the new requirement and wants more information from the Council to understand what it’s going to cost farmers.
“They’re going to have to do a lot to make it as transparent as possible, especially because it’s just going to be a huge amount of money,” the QCAIA’s chief executive officer Chris Tully said.
“It’s going be a lot for farmers, and it will take time.”
The Queensland Government’s Farm to Land Management Act 2017 is scheduled to come into force on September 25.
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