Frequently asked questions
Questions and answers for farmers regarding the Dairy Effluent WOF programme
There are several reasons why you might find this valuable. A lot of farmers have upgraded their effluent systems themselves and it might be a good idea to get it thoroughly checked over as you may not be aware of all the rules that you must comply with. If buying or selling a farm it is great to get an independent person to prepare a comprehensive report then you know what is needed to upgrade. For a sharemilker moving onto a farm being able to see a ‘WOF’ report means you know what kind of system you’re taking on.
There is no legislation or regulations around this dairy effluent ‘WOF’, it is a voluntary programme sort of like a building inspection. The assessor checks over the entire farm where there are areas that effluent collects and the corresponding infrastructure, including feedpads, underpasses , storage ponds and the irrigation network as well as a lot more.
At minimum they have all attended a three day training course and then gone through competency assessment tests. All the Certified ‘WOF’ Assessors have several years of experience in assessing effluent systems.
It’s just a matter of calling up your local Certified ‘WOF’ assessor and making a time for them to come out? They’ll make sure you are fully informed in terms of what information they need from you and what areas of the farm they need access to.
It’s just a matter of calling up your local Certified ‘WOF’ assessor and making a time for them to come out. They’ll make sure you are fully informed in terms of what information they need from you and what areas of the farm they need access to.