A wet job done very well

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By STEW WADEY

Well done to ev­ery­one in the livestock farm­ing in­dus­try of our dis­trict, with 300ml of rain recorded by some in the pre­vi­ous 45 days end­ing Au­gust 24. Calv­ing dairy herds in such chal­leng­ing wet con­di­tions, let alone win­ter­ing beef cat­tle, is not for the faint­hearted.

The phys­i­cal and men­tal in­puts need to be ac­knowl­edged for a job well done. Now I see lambs ap­pear­ing as well, with pas­tures re­spond­ing well to the blue skies and warm sun, feed bud­gets will be head­ing to more eco­nom­i­cal in­puts, when cur­rent re­turns for pri­mary ex­port can be eas­ily ob­served for a prac­ti­cal cau­tious con­trol of cash­flows.

Our lo­cal ru­ral scene also has sev­eral reg­u­la­tory is­sues with us and head­ing our way.

The Na­tional An­i­mal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Trac­ing Act NAIT came into be­ing on July 1.

I have had some contact from am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional farm­ers on some con­flict­ing ad­vice from the NAIT tele­phone cen­tre.

I have asked those peo­ple to log the time, date and an idea of the phone op­er­a­tor gen­der and pos­si­bly an age in­di­ca­tion.

If this is just the teething troubles with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of NAIT, so be it. But if I re­ceive some con­sis­tent con­cerns, then I will pass them on to the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary In­dus­tries.

I must ad­mit, I am a bit miffed at some rhetoric com­ments from the NAIT ad­min­is­tra­tion, be­ing quoted to their re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge the ex­tra costs to farm­ers now com­ing to my at­ten­tion.

Many livestock farm­ers I am told have not yet reg­is­tered their livestock prop­er­ties yet.

The Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries has put out a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment for NAIT to re­view how le­gal ac­tion can be brought against farm­ers who do not wish to be 100 per cent ac­cu­rate with the ob­jec­tives of NAIT.

The panel that will be formed, as I un­der­stand it, can re­ceive an ap­pli­ca­tion from In­land Rev­enue for data ac­cess.

Farm­ers who have con­cerns have un­til Septem­ber 5 to lodge a sub­mis­sion.

The dis­cus­sion pa­per in­cor­po­rat­ing the pro­pos­als in­cludes de­tails for how to make a sub­mis­sion and is avail­able on the in­ter­net at: mpi.govt.nz

Next topic, to be high­lighted by me is the over al­lo­cated Pi­ako and Waitoa River catch­ments, and the process that we’ll need to ap­ply for a re­source con­sent for wa­ter.

Wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion re­source con­sents, were an omit­ted over­sight by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil in 1989.

Te Aroha Dis­trict Fed­er­ated Farm­ers un­der the en­thu­si­as­tic chair­man­ship of An­drew McGiven has al­ready had Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cers ad­dress their farm­ers.

I and my Mata­mata team will be ar­rang­ing such a farm­ers’ in­for­ma­tion meet­ing with the re­gional coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives in at­ten­dance be­fore the end of Septem­ber in Mata­mata.

A re­mit will be con­sid­ered by the Waikato Pro­vin­cial Fed­er­ated Farm­ers ex­ec­u­tive from Te Aroha mem­bers, to con­firm an ap­pli­ca­tion lodge­ment fee of $1000 plus an­nual fee of $350 re­quired by the re­gional coun­cil.

That does not in­clude the cost to farm­ers to gather ev­i­dence to sup­port their ap­pli­ca­tion.

That can run into lit­er­ally thou­sands of dol­lars.

That cost is where Mata­mata Fed­er­ated Farm­ers will be of huge ben­e­fit to its mem­bers, to group share of such ev­i­dence gath­er­ing.

A valid re­source con­sent will main­tain the value of your prop­erty well into the fore­see­able fu­ture, is an opin­ion of a re­gional coun­cil­lor who is get­ting all the con­sents that are needed, re­gard­less of whether, at this point in time, he needs one.

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