Stock truck effluent

Stock effluent spillage from cartage trucks onto Otago roads can be dangerous to other road users and cause problems, including:

  • road safety hazards for motor vehicles, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians, and roading contractors
  • potential health risks for those accidentally coming into contact with spilled effluent
  • contamination of land and waterways
  • nuisance odours

Farmers and truckies carting stock around the region are urged to help keep the roads clear of effluent.

  • Farmers: Stand stock overnight to prepare stock before cartage. For journeys of up to two hours, it's best to stand stock off green feed for 10-12 hours before loading them onto trucks. For journeys of more than two hours, providing drier feed, such as hay, meal or grain into the diet two to three days beforehand, and standing cows for 10-12 hours before transport, will make them more comfortable during travel, and reduce effluent.
  • Truckies: install effluent storage tanks, and empty them regularly at the stock effluent disposal sites.
  • Road users: report stock truck effluent spills by phoning the Pollution Hotline on 0800 800 033.

Stock effluent disposal sites

Otago Regional Council has installed six stock truck effluent disposal sites on State Highway One between Pukeuri and Clinton, and three facilities on inland Highways, at Raes Junction, Brassknocker Rd, and Tarras.

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