Farmers in the district most affected by Mycoplasma bovis are up in arms at the Ministry for Primary Industry’s news that it will boost its efforts to eradicate the disease.
Sheep and beef farmers are being asked to pay a biosecurity levy of $2/head of cattle, an increase of $1.55/head on the original levy.
An update meeting on Mycoplasma bovis in Hamilton earlier this month, threw up several questions, not least where were all the farmers?
Tax implications for farmers receiving big Mycoplasma bovis compensation payments is one of the issues farmers are raising in meetings now underway NZ-wide.
A national plan to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis and support farmers during the process has been released.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand will soon start consulting with its farmers on the proposed levy to pay for the beef sector’s share of the Mycoplasma bovis response.
Dairy farmers could end up paying more for the Mycoplasma bovis eradication effort if they do not endorse DairyNZ’s proposed levy.