Irrigation New Zealand

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers have the opportunity to join a free workshop showing them how to optimise their irrigation use.

The workshop will be run by IrrigationNZ and will cover how to assess how well irrigation systems are performing.

The day will include an irrigator walk to undertake a bucket test, which checks if water is being applied evenly. Farmers will be introduced to ‘Check-It’ – a free app which can be used to undertake the bucket test.

The workshop will also provide advice on some of the main factors which can affect irrigation performance.

The workshop has been made possible thanks to funding support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Regional Council Water Programme Manager Ian Morton said that Council is pleased to be able to help farmers reduce water waste and improve on-farm practices.

“Water is a limited, precious resource and everyone has a duty to ensure their water use is responsible and sustainable. These workshops will help farmers to do that, while also improving their bottom line,” he said.

The workshop will be held near Galatea from 10am-3pm on 31 January. Anyone who works on a farm in the Bay of Plenty region is welcome to attend.

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