The ground-breaking Waikato Effluent Expo in the convention centre at the Mystery Creek Events Centre, is turning five this year on St Patrick’s Day – and it will be bigger than ever.
Most Effluent Expo attendees last year were from Waikato, although some farmers came from as far away as Northland, Taranaki and Wairarapa.
At least 50 exhibitors are due at the March 17 event near Hamilton and it’s hoped attendance will top last year’s figure of 650.
The expo – organised by Waikato Regional Council and sponsored by DairyNZ – is designed to be a one-stop shop to support farmers wanting to upgrade their effluent systems or catch up on the latest advice. It is the only effluent-specific event in New Zealand.
“Good systems help protect waterways, but they also help farmers maximise profits by making efficient use of the nutrients available,” said expo organiser Electra Kalaugher.
“The expo is a great chance to make sure you’re up on the latest developments and advice from industry and plan improvements, even if you can’t afford to spend up large this year.”
About half the expo’s visitors last year were farm owners who are responsible for major investment decisions regarding effluent systems.
“We’ve had a great response to the expo from farmers, industry organisations and private sector suppliers over the years.
“So it’s a pleasure to be celebrating the expo’s fifth birthday in 2015. It shows the ongoing commitment we all have to doing a better job on the effluent front; both to protect the environment and improve farm profitability.”
This year the Mystery Creek exhibition hall and outdoor area will host companies displaying specialist machinery and equipment, infrastructure, and design and consultation services focused on effluent management.
There will also be a range of seminars within the exhibition hall with more time for questions and discussion this year.
Indoor seminars will include seminars on effluent storage options and nutrients by DairyNZ, a seminar from Waikato Regional Council on effluent system monitoring, and a more interactive discussion session with Fonterra and DairyNZ on system upgrades in tight times.
A small outdoor grandstand will allow people to watch demonstrations of irrigation systems during outdoor seminars from AgVice.
Along with the usual inside cafe area, a food area will also be available outside this year with picnic tables, Fritz Wiener hotdogs and a coffee cart.
Besides sponsorship from DairyNZ, Federated Farmers and milk companies were supporting the expo.
Most attendees last year were from Waikato, although some farmers came from as far away as Northland, Taranaki and Wairarapa.
This year the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki regional councils will be promoting the expo as a place for farmers in their areas to learn about developments in effluent management.
Questions about the expo can be emailed to: Effluent.Expo@waikatoregion.govt.nz
For more information, check out the Expo website at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Community/Whats-happening/Events/Effluent-Expo/