As a dairy sector, we acknowledge how dairying has affected our waterways in the past. The Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord 2013-18, was the continuation of our commitment to improve the quality of waterways that pass through or near our dairy farms.
We should all be extremely proud of the over 11,000 dairy farmers who worked voluntarily to lift environmental performance and achieve great outcomes for their waterways. After five years of Water Accord activity, dairy farmers have now excluded dairy cattle from 98.3 percent of Accord waterways and ensured that 99.8 percent of stock crossing points exclude cows via bridges and culverts.
This is the fifth and final annual progress report for the pan-sector Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord, for the year 2017/18.