Management of effluent – Oct 2018
MPI Biosecurity New Zealand has issued a reminder for road transport operators on the management of effluent on places subject to movement control as part of the Mycoplasma bovis response.
No permit is required for movement of effluent off properties that are under movement control Notice of Direction or Restricted Place Notice.
Solid faeces and effluent are an extremely low transmission risk, so no cleaning and disinfection process is required as part of the Mycoplasma bovis response.
MPI advises operators to observe usual local requirements and environmental considerations when removing organic waste from transport vehicles, effluent tanks, and when transferring organic material from ponds.
No specific cleaning and disinfectant processes are required for effluent, effluent tanks, effluent ponds, irrigated effluent, and areas irrigated by effluent as they are considered an extremely low risk for transmission of M. bovis.
There is no stand-down period required following application of effluent to grazing pasture or ensiling of pasture as a biosecurity precaution. Areas irrigated with effluent do not require any cleaning and disinfection and are considered an extremely low risk for transmission of M. bovis.
Note: bulk organic matter such as effluent and soil cannot be disinfected with chemicals.
Download the memo here (PDF 714KB)