E-diary notices: 4 August 2023

// B+LNZ

Feedback sessions, M. bovis consultation, GMO feedback, ACC details check

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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: 

Farmer feedback sessions now finished

This week, B+LNZ wrapped up the last of the nationwide farmer feedback sessions. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their thoughts. Keep an eye out for more info on what we heard during the sessions and what we’ll be doing in response. We’re hoping to provide initial information in mid-to-late August. 

Upcoming M.bovis consultation

The Mycoplasma bovis programme will shortly consult with farmers on a proposal to change how the approach to eradicating the disease is administered. The proposal includes moving the programme’s management from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to OSPRI and establishing a National Pest Management Plan, a regulatory approach designed to provide coordinated, long-term management and eradication of pests and disease. Please look out for more details in the coming weeks.

Farmers encouraged to have their say on regulations relating to research into genetic modification

The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to New Zealand’s legislation and regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used in laboratory settings and for biomedical therapies. More information can be found on the Ministry for the Environment website. B+LNZ encourages farmers to have their say on these proposals, either by making a submission directly to MfE or by helping to inform the B+LNZ submission by emailing your views to chris.houston@beeflambnz.com by Friday 18 August.

It’s time to check your ACC details are correct

If you’re self-employed, you’ll receive your ACC levy invoice from September onwards. Checking and updating your policy details now in MyACC for Business will mean that you get invoiced the right amount. For more information on ACC levy invoicing for 2023, visit the ACC website