Consultation now closed
Beef + Lamb New Zealand's consultation on proposed changes to the biosecurity levy closed on Friday 7 June 2019.
Following the end of consultation, farmer feedback is being collated and supplied to Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Board, who will make a decision in mid-July 2019.
If it is decided to go ahead with the changes, these will likely be implemented in late-2019, with the timing depending on processes needing to be worked through with the Ministry for Primary Industries and meat processing companies.
Biosecurity Levy Consultation
In 2017, sheep and beef farmers supported Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) joining the Government Industry Agreement on Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA). Part of the proposal supported was the creation of a Biosecurity Act levy on sheepmeat and beef producers to pay for readiness and response costs. For cattle, the proposal was to set a maximum rate of $0.45/head.
B+LNZ is now a partner with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and DairyNZ in the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) response.
To repay the beef sector’s share of the M. bovis eradication programme at $0.45/head would take over 25 years. B+LNZ therefore sought feedback from farmers on raising the maximum Biosecurity Act levy rate for cattle from $0.45 to $2.00 per head.
This would also mean increasing the maximum amount of levy that could be paid annually by sheep and beef producers under GIA, because that was set on the basis of a $0.45 per head levy for cattle.
B+LNZ also needed feedback from farmers on allowing the Board of B+LNZ to set different levy rates for different classes of cattle. This would enable B+LNZ to not levy dairy cull cows for the M. bovis response.
If B+LNZ’s proposals were accepted, levy rates to cover the M. bovis response for dairy cull stock and bobby calves would be set at zero ($0).
The consultation finished on 7 June 2019 with farmers having participated either by returning by mail the consultation submission form they received in the mail, or by filling out the online submission form.