The No 8 wire mentality is alive and well in Southland, with a system that will generate electricity from cow manure set to be up and running about a month from now.

Venture Southland business and strategic projects group manager Steve Canny said a methane recovery project at an effluent pond on a 950-cow dairy farm between Isla Bank and Thornbury was a way to help limit greenhouse gas emissions while also helping farmers economically.