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Effluent management is taken very seriously by the dairy sector, says Dr David Burger.

DairyNZ's Strategy & Investment Leader for Responsible Dairy told The Country Early Edition's Rowena Duncum that improvements in effluent infrastructure had resulted in a significant drop in non-compliance rates compared to 15-20 years ago.

Although things are heading in the right direction, Burger said there were still some cases where farmers "are not doing the right thing."

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"They need to step up their game."

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Despite this, Burger said the progress in effluent management was still something to be celebrated, as it had had a positive effect on New Zealand's water quality.