E-diary notices: 17 May 2024

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Spotted something in our weekly e-diary newsletters and need to refer to it again?


Spotted something in our weekly e-diary newsletters and need to refer to it again?

This page contains this week’s e-diary national notices. 

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This week’s notices: 

Climate Change Commission methane targets consultation template coming soon

The Climate Change Commission is consulting on its proposed advice to Government on New Zealand’s methane reduction targets and related issues. B+LNZ disagrees with what the Commission is proposing and thinks that methane should only be asked to do what is being asked of other gases, which is to achieve no additional warming. We also encourage farmers to have their say. To make this easy, a pre-written template will be available via next week’s e-diaries, giving you time to send a submission before consultation closes on 31 May.

Visit B+LNZ site at Fieldays

If you’re heading to Fieldays, make sure to visit the B+LNZ team at site number PB50. As an official partner of the New Zealand Team this Paris 2024 Olympics, we have a combined site where you can take part in the Tour De Fern – Sprint for the Fern challenge, meet Olympians and be in to win a special prize! Come talk to the B+LNZ team about how our on-farm extension, research and resources are focused on enhancing profitability and productivity. We’ll be running a competition where you can nominate your local hero and learn more about the B+LNZ Awards.

2024 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards – save the date

The 2024 B+LNZ Awards will be held on 10 October in Hamilton. Mark your calendars for a night of celebrating the people, innovation, and technologies that make New Zealand’s red meat industry world-leading. At the dinner, we’ll showcase the finalists and announce the winners of the eight award categories. Nominations will open soon, so start thinking about the local heroes you want to celebrate. Keep a lookout on B+LNZ’s website.

Register for Facial Eczema tolerance test update and Q+A webinar

This B+LNZ webinar will give valuable insights and updates about the facial eczema (FE) tolerance test currently being developed. Discover how B+LNZ, in collaboration with AgResearch and dNature Limited, is leading the way for a non-invasive alternative to the current FE tolerance test and its potential impact on sheep breeding. Register here to join Dr Cara Brosnahan and Dr Suzi Keeling from B+LNZ’s research team, along with Dr Axel Heiser from AgResearch and Dr John McKay from dNature on Monday 27 May from 6.30–7.30pm. 

MPI urging gardeners and others to keep eye out for Cape Tulip

The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding people to keep an eye out for Cape Tulip, a pink-flowered member of the iris family that is highly toxic to people and animals. The Cape Tulip begins to flower in June and can easily spread in prime pastureland, with significant economic consequences. If you think you’ve found Cape Tulip, don’t touch the plants or dig them up – call Biosecurity New Zealand’s Exotic Pest and Disease freephone number 0800 80 99 66. More info in this factsheet.

Registration of interest for farmer-focused B+LNZ Freshwater Policy Position Workshops

During the first two weeks of June, B+LNZ's Environment Policy and Advocacy Team will be running four farmer workshops to help B+LNZ develop a package of freshwater policy positions. Farmer input is vital to ensure sheep meat and beef farming businesses are productive, profitable, and sustainable. The workshops will be 3–4 hours long and located at two South Island and two North Island locations (dates and venues to be confirmed). Farmer input is vital to policy position development for B+LNZ. If you would like to provide input through these workshops, please register your interest here or by emailing May.Ponsonby@beeflambnz.com