Have a say on herd regime

Waihi Leader - - News - ■ Find out more on the MPI web­site: www.mpi.govt.nz/news-an­dresources/con­sul­ta­tions/

Farm­ers — have your say on the dairy herd im­prove­ment reg­u­la­tory regime.

The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) wants to hear from the dairy in­dus­try and peo­ple with an in­ter­est in how the dairy herd im­prove­ment reg­u­la­tory regime can help to en­sure that New Zealand’s dairy in­dus­try re­mains world lead­ing.

The regime has not been com­pre­hen­sively re­viewed since it was es­tab­lished in 2001, says Emma Tay­lor, MPI’s Direc­tor of Agri­cul­ture, Marine & Plant Pol­icy.

“It’s im­por­tant the dairy herd im­prove­ment reg­u­la­tory regime re­flects the chang­ing needs of the dairy in­dus­try. It’s timely to look at how the reg­u­la­tory set­tings can bet­ter sup­port in­dus­try both now and into the fu­ture.

“Dairy herd im­prove­ment adds sub­stan­tial value to New Zealand’s dairy in­dus­try, es­ti­mated at around $300 mil­lion each year.”

Farm­ers have been test­ing sam­ples of milk from their dairy cat­tle and record­ing data to in­form their herd man­age­ment de­ci­sions for over a cen­tury. For in­dus­try to achieve op­ti­mal rates of ge­netic gain, it needs a com­pre­hen­sive, ac­cu­rate and con­tin­u­ous sup­ply of data to in­form de­ci­sions on herd man­age­ment and breed­ing.

“The reg­u­la­tory regime con­trib­utes to the breed­ing of more pro­duc­tive dairy an­i­mals through herd test­ing, herd record­ing, an­i­mal eval­u­a­tion and ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing. It also has the po­ten­tial to sup­port bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal and an­i­mal health out­comes,“says Emma.

They want to hear from peo­ple about how the reg­u­la­tory regime can more ef­fec­tively sup­port the per­for­mance of the dairy in­dus­try.

“We also want to hear from in­dus­try on the ef­fects of chang­ing tech­nol­ogy and the fu­ture im­pli­ca­tions on the dairy herd im­prove­ment sec­tor.”

The six-week con­sul­ta­tion started Mon­day un­til Mon­day, Novem­ber 12.

PHOTO / ME­LANIE CAMOIN

Dairy herd from a Waihi farm.

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