E-diary notices: 13 October 2023

// B+LNZ

Action Group feedback sought, New national regulations for carbon forests, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards prize giveaway, Levypayers sought for Directors’ remuneration committees

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This week’s notices: 

Action Group feedback sought

Have you been involved with the Action Group programme over the years, including as a member, subject matter expert or connector? Please participate in a brief survey. This is an opportunity for you to share your feedback, insights and ideas based on your experiences. Two participants will receive a $50 voucher from Hunting & Fishing, allowing them to fulfil their summer wishlist. This survey is a crucial component of an ongoing, in-depth evaluation of the Action Group programme. Complete the survey here.

New national regulations for carbon forests

New rules were released last week on how the effects of forestry, including carbon forestry, are managed. The changes give councils more power to decide where new forests are located, and the regulations now apply to both plantation forestry and exotic continuous-cover forests (carbon forests) deliberately established for commercial purposes. B+LNZ has been advocating for these changes, and others, to better manage the risks and effects of carbon forestry. Although changes still need to be made to the NZ ETS settings, which we’ll continue to advocate for, these rule changes are a step in the right direction. Read more.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards prize giveaway

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards dinner is being held on 19 October at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. You could be amongst the winners on the evening and take home a product prize package to the value of $1,000 provided by the award sponsors. Go to beeflambnz.com/awards and answer two questions. The giveaway closes at 5pm on Monday 16 October, and the winner will be announced at the B+LNZ Awards dinner and online. 

Levypayers sought for Directors’ remuneration committees

The B+LNZ Board and the New Zealand Meat Board are looking to appoint members to their respective new Directors’ Independent Remuneration Committees. The committees will review and recommend Director remuneration for livestock farmer approval by voting. Two levypayers are required for B+LNZ and one for NZMB, along with a Chair to serve across both committees. If you pay sheepmeat or beef levies and have governance experience (eg on a Board/Advisory Board) and are interested in being part of these important advisory groups, find out more here, including how to apply. Closes 5pm Friday 20 October.  

Help us understand the future of sheep genetics

B+LNZ are interested in New Zealand sheep farmers', stud breeders' and rural professionals’ views on sheep genetics, and their use of the available genetic tools in the industry. Take the survey.

Why oral drench is the only choice for calves

Check out this video on the Wormwise Facebook page where Emma Poole gives the lowdown on why it’s oral drenches all the way for calves in their first year of life. B+LNZ is currently the sole funder of Wormwise.

Have your say on M. bovis consultation

Consultation on proposals to change the approach to eradicating Mycoplasma bovis is underway. The proposals include moving the management of eradicating M. bovis from the Ministry for Primary Industries to OSPRI, establishing a National Pest Management Plan, and decreasing farmer levies to finance the programme. Now that there are no known cases of infection, it is appropriate to begin focusing on surveillance to provide confidence that the disease is absent from New Zealand, while ensuring capability is there to respond to and control any future cases of infection that currently remain undetected. You can have your say by visiting the MPI website. Consultation has now been extended. Submissions close on Monday 23 October 2023.