E-diary notices: 3 May 2024

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E-diary notice

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: 

Transporting pregnant sheep

A reminder of the regulations around transporting pregnant ewes. You can be fined $500 if a ewe gives birth during transportation or within 24 hours of reaching meat processors or sale yards. The later in pregnancy sheep travel, the higher the risk of a serious animal welfare issue such as giving birth on trucks, in yards or even on the chain. When this happens, ewes get very distressed, and lambs can be trampled. Prevent unplanned pregnancies in your flock and verify the pregnancy status of departing ewes. More info here.

Climate Change Commission methane targets consultation meetings

The Climate Change Commission is running sessions across New Zealand on its consultations on the methane reduction targets and related issues. See our earlier e-diary story for more info. The sessions provide further information and the chance to ask questions and make comments. Remaining meetings will be held in Nelson (Mon 6 May), Gore (Mon 13 May), Oamaru (Tue 14 May) – registration required (click on the location link). See the Commission’s website for further details or email engagement@climatecommission.govt.nz if you have questions. B+LNZ disagrees with what the Commission is proposing and will be making a submission 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 on the targets – we’ll also be providing information to assist with making a submission soon. Consultation closes on 31 May.

Government woolshed meetings being held nationwide

The Government’s Agriculture Ministers – Ministers McClay, Hoggard and Patterson – have organised woolshed meetings around New Zealand to hear from farmers. B+LNZ encourages our farmers to attend, to ensure Ministers hear about the issues facing our sector. Meetings will run through until July – we’ll keep you updated through e-diaries and our other channels. The next meeting is near Blenheim TODAY (Friday) at 1.30pm at the Caythorpe Family Estate, 487 Middle Renwick Road, RD1 Fairhall. You don’t need to register beforehand. Other upcoming meetings:

  • 10 May, 2pm, Rangitikei, Strahan’s Woolshed, 428 Levett Line, Kiwitea
  • 13 May, 5.30pm, East Coast, Bushmere Arms, 673 Matawai Road, Gisborne
  • 14 May, 9.30am, East Coast, Tolaga Bay Golf Club, Tolaga Bay
  • 17 May, 1pm, Southland, 874 Five Rivers Lumsden Highway, Five Rivers.