Print this page
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:55

M. bovis levy more than expected

Written by 
Chris Lewis. Chris Lewis.

DairyNZ's proposed M. bovis levy of up to 3.9c/kgMS is a lot higher than some were expecting, says Federated Farmers dairy chair Chris Lewis.

Dairy farmers are being asked to approve a levy of up to 3.9 cents/kgMS over the next two seasons to pay their share of the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort.

Lewis said while farmers generally accept the need for eradication, the proposed levy was suprisingly high. 

“When it came in at 3.9 it made me look again; it is a lot of money," said Lewis.

He said many dairy farmers are still unhappy about the 94:6 split between the dairy and beef sectors, as agreed to by DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ.

“What is it paying for, what are we getting for that amount of money?”

Lewis encouraged farmers to go to the consultation meetings, ask questions and have their say.

Read more about the proposed levy and how you can have your say here.

 

More like this

All ‘Barred’-up over M. bovis

South Canterbury rural consultant Sarah Barr says there is a huge degree of anxiety on the ground over the surge in the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort.

MPI’s behaviour on M. bovis beastly

Farmers affected by Mycoplasma bovis need help and support, but MPI treats them as guilty parties, claims Mid-Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chair Chris Ford.

Help for M. bovis-affected farmers

Ashburton District mayor Donna Favel says a new group is being formed to help bring together the council and local agricultural and health authorities in response to MPI’s ‘surge’ in the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme.

Climate change consultation was ‘a farce’

Federated Farmers Waikato president Andrew McGiven believes animal numbers would have to be effectively halved to meet the 2050 target set by the Government's new Zero Carbon Amendment Bill.