Cliff Thomas says the cattle must be grazed elsewhere to stop injury. Picture / File
Rural communities are reminded to maintain grazing cattle off stall banks because the wetter months start.
The message comes from the Horizons Regional Council, whose core space engineer, Cliff Thomas, mentioned he would guarantee they will higher carry out their function as a vital flood safety asset.
Stopbanks supplied safety to “1000’s of individuals all through the area”.
Thomas mentioned the reminder applies to farmers in addition to way of life block homeowners.
“Whereas cattle lower than 18 months outdated might graze on the stall banks in summer time when the bottom is agency, cattle grazing isn’t permitted until authorized by river administration employees between June 15 and September 15.
“Because the moist climate began, we have seen quite a few actions on the banks which have triggered minor injury.”
It was a authorized offense to break cease benches and homeowners could possibly be liable to pay for any ensuing repairs, Thomas mentioned.
The embankments required cautious administration and it was vital that there was sufficient grass to stop undermining within the occasion of flooding.
“Inventory injury can enhance the possibility of this occurring.
“We actually recognize the hassle that many farmers put into controlling grazing injury all year long. We simply need to remind those who it is that point of 12 months once more when cattle have to graze elsewhere to keep away from any injury.”
Thomas mentioned stopbanks protected billions of dollars value of property and manufacturing and in addition ensured the protection of many in our neighborhood.
“Any chain is barely as robust as its weakest hyperlink.
“All it takes is one damaged part of stopbank to flood a whole bunch of acres of farmland and doubtlessly have an effect on individuals’s properties and lives.”
Horizons manages and maintains virtually 500 km of embankments, defending greater than 46,000 hectares of land.
A replica of the stopbank grazing pointers booklet is accessible to view on-line at www.horizons.govt.nz with laborious copies accessible on request.