Beef and Lamb New Zealand southern South Island director Leon Black answers a farmer's question at a meeting earlier this year. He says BLNZ is proposing no change to this year's levy. Photo by Russell Frederic
There is to be no change in the Beef and Lamb New Zealand
levy and farmers will be asked to vote on a major genetics
initiative later this year, says the organisation's southern
South Island director Leon Black.
Mr Black, who said he was ''hanging up his boots'' this year,
was part way through the BLNZ round of consultations, in
which he updated farmers on the organisation's performance
for the past year, outlined its plans for the next year and
asked for input into how the organisation should spend its
''We are proposing no change in the levy,'' Mr Black said.
''It will remain at 60c a head for sheep and $4.40 for
The organisation plans to merge its three genetic databases:
Ovita; Sheep Improvement Ltd (SIL) and Central Progeny Test
(CPT) into a new entity called Beef and Lamb Genetics, which
farmers will be asked to vote on in November.
A $4.5 million investment for the next five years was
required from BLNZ and industry third parties, in addition to
a similar sum from the Government, making a $44 million
''We have put a funding proposal forward to Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment.''
He also discussed the Red Meat PGP Collaboration for
Sustainable Growth programme, which would increase sector
profitability over a range of projects.
He said one of the first projects under way looked at how
farmers and groups received information and how it could be
packaged for more uptake.
Central South Island director Anne Munro is holding a
consultation meeting at the Ranfurly Lion Hotel, 7pm on
- by Yvonne O'Hara