E-diary notices: 25 August 2023

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This week’s notices: 

You’re invited to the 2023 B+LNZ Awards Dinner 

Get ready for the ultimate celebration of New Zealand's world-leading red meat sector. Join us at the 2023 B+LNZ Awards Dinner on 19 October in Christchurch. Throughout the evening, we will showcase the finalists of the eight B+LNZ Award categories and announce the winners. We extend our thanks to the B+LNZ Awards partner Farmlands and our award category sponsors.

Red meat and the environment – it’s not a case of heroes and villains

In a recent opinion editorial for The Country, our Chair Kate Acland sets out some points B+LNZ has been thinking about for a long time and that we feel are important for all New Zealanders to hear. Kate argues that looking for heroes and villains or having an “us and them” mentality is too simplistic when discussing subjects like the environmental impact of farming or a red meat diet. Read Kate's opinion editorial here

We want your sheep poo

You can play your part in shaping the future tools and solutions for Facial Eczema (FE) management in New Zealand by taking a walk in a paddock. B+LNZ is embarking on the first-ever study of its kind, and we need your help to collect sheep poo. Our goal is to understand how widespread FE is across New Zealand. Read our media release for more information

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 closes at 5pm, Monday 25 September 2023.