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Environmentalist Damage or Damage to the Environment

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The dairy industry appears to be the focus of the wrath ofenvironmentalists as they set about applying pressure to conform to their concepts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ environmental practises but it is clear that all the sectors of farming are under inspection.

Last weeks release of the dairy industry guidelines to protect the clean green image has become a vehicle for farmer bashing again. The intent is to set policy guidelines animal welfare issues -physical and behavioural needs, tail docking, inductions, bobby calf and casualty cattle collection and environmental concerns - residues, human waste, access to wetlands, farm dairy effluent, water quality and fertiliser usage.

But the key aspect of the industry guideline is the establishment of a monitoring regime to measure the status water and soil in key regions. From these measurements should come the evidence of the source of the claimed contamination and with that information will come

Environment Minister Marian Hobbs has gone out of her way to criticised the dairy industry's environment policy, saying it does not go far enough to protect waterways on farms and is demanding that stock only have controlled access to streams.

This is the interesting aspect of the environmentalist’s claim of poor performance by dairy farmers. The reality is that all pastoral grazing land sits above some river stream or drain and similarly, every city, town or residence. Run off or ground drainage from pasture grazed by livestock is a reality and farm effluent is more than that which originates from a cow yard.

Once again the irrational petulance of the myopic environmentalist shows through. The equity of their demand for instant imposts to be applied to selected sectors demonstrates the emotional base to their demands.

After all it has taken some 200 years for a reasonable standard of public health for urban communities to be developed for the transfer of refuse and sewerage to points out side the urban boundary. And even with that period of development the determination to put in place the final solution and treatment has still to be faced up to by many of urban communities that house the environmental critics of rural livestock producers.

The dairy industry it is making big efforts to clean up those areas that it is responsible for that do not meet the markets expectations and does not need an ill informed minister seeing problems where they do not exist.

Good farming

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