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Dairy Farmers Have Your Say!

It is vital for all farmers to have a say in the future of their industry by voting in the Meat New Zealand referendum says Dairy Farmers of New Zealand (DFNZ) Chair Kevin Wooding.

Meat New Zealand is holding a referendum to determine the future of the organisation under the Commodity Levies Act.

"Whatever the result it will mean significant changes for the industry. It is important that dairy farmers take time to weigh up the options of voting yes or no to the proposals put forward by Meat New Zealand.

“Levies on cull cow cost dairy farmers around $1.8 million a year. Voting is a way for dairy farmers to be involved, and take responsibility for the way their money will be spent. Voting is essential for the industry to continue to progress.

“DFNZ is pleased with the removal of the levy on bobby calves from the final proposal, which was originally estimated to cost the dairy sector around $300,000 a year. We are also pleased with the increased consultation Meat NZ has shown with the Federation in the past few months and we look forward to improved consultation with farmers if a yes vote is the outcome.

Farmers can vote until Friday, 29 August on the farmers' choice website or by mailing your voting papers in the free-post envelope provided.

"This is a vital opportunity for all dairy farmers to have a say in the future of their meat levy” concluded Mr Wooding.

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