B+LNZ reviews farmer feedback amid levy proposal

By Ashley Williams contact

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B+LNZ will come to a decision in early August
B+LNZ will come to a decision in early August
Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is set to assess feedback from farmers regarding the consultation proposal to hike up sheepmeat and beef levies, before making a decision.

The proposals were put forward​ by the organisation five weeks ago to allow farmers to express their views on the levies.

Farmers shared their views via the B+LNZ website, as well as receiving consultation packs and attending local meetings on the subject.

When announcing the levy proposal, B+LNZ said the move would accelerate investment in a range of key programmes by raising sheepmeat by 10 cent to 70 cents per head and the beef levy by 80 cents to $5.20 per head.

The rise would mean an average beef and sheep farmer would pay an additional $260 per annum and an average dairy farm an extra $55 per annum.

B+LNZ CEO Sam McIvor said the organisation appreciated farmers taking the time to share thoughts on the proposal.

Along with receiving a good number of submissions, we’ve had great and robust discussions with farmers at nearly 50 events around the country over the past five weeks​,” said McIvor.

Farmers provided feedback in a range of ways including by phone, email, post, social media, and online forms. Many farmers took the time to provide us with detailed feedback in their submissions which will be valuable in addition to the specific levy proposal itself​.”

The B+LNZ Board will make a decision in early August on the outcome of the levy proposal, with farmers being notified in mid-August.

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