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 is therefore seeking 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 needs feedback from farmers on allowing the Board of B+LNZ to set different levy rates for different classes of cattle. This will 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 runs until 7 June 2019 and farmers can participate either by returning by mail the consultation submission form they received in the mail, or by filling out the online submission form.
Farmer consultation phone conference
If you have any questions about the proposed biosecurity levy, B+LNZ is hosting a telephone conference for farmers on Thursday 9 May from 7:30-8:30pm. Details on how to join are:
- Join online via Skype
Join by phone either by dialing
- +6442808095 or:
- Then use conference ID 38794343