Big changes for biosecurity system

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has unveiled big changes to New Zealand’s biosecurity system, including new law changes to strengthen animal tracing and details of a Biosecurity Act overhaul.

 
 
Shearing and wool courses

New ‘micro-credentials’ in wool harvesting will help meet a critical need to train shearers and wool handlers, claims Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons.

 
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, speaking at the recent FAR conference at Lincoln. Photo: Rural News Group.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has repeated his call for a full independent review of Overseer before any widespread adoption of it as a regulatory tool.

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern addressing the conference.

Economically, New Zealand is entering a dramatic era of unprecedented change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Federated Farmers conference.

“Women's and babies’ lives are at risk and we want action,” says Penny Mudford, Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) national chair.

If Britain crashes out of the EU at the end of October it will be unlikely to seriously affect the New Zealand meat industry.

Almost all the recommendations from two reviews of the Mycoplasma bovis programme have been accepted, after the ‘surge in activity’ leading up to this year’s moving day.

Farmers pay nearly $100 million a year in levies to industry-good groups, says Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Chris Lewis. And for what value? he asks.

Oamaru vet Dr Merlyn Hay, who in 2017 outed Mycoplasma bovis on an Oamaru dairy farm, won the premier award at the Feds conference.

Meat co-op Alliance Group’s Pure South Handpicked 55 Day Aged Beef has won international honours in the World Steak Challenge for the second year running.

 

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