The 2020 levy results:
- 67% turnout by milksolids
- 74% yes vote (by milksolids)
- 69% yes vote by eligible voters (single entities have one vote irrespective of size)
- 6,700 total votes received (57% of ‘eligible’ voters)
Thank you for those of you who voted.
We will continue to deliver the best research and on-farm tools and support and work with you on local farmer-led projects. Securing a better future for dairy farmers is the biggest motivator for the DairyNZ board and staff and we are looking forward to continuing our work.
During the levy vote period, we asked for feedback from you, which you gave us. This feedback, and the small increase in "no" levy vote, will be considered by the board and executive in coming months. We are under no illusion that we can rest on our laurels – we will use this feedback to help shape our direction going forward. Please continue to talk to us – you can contact your local consulting officers, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DairyNZ must now make a detailed application to the Minister for Primary Industries outlining the reasons for the levy order, and the level of support received from farmers through the referendum.
The Minister is expected to make a decision on the new levy order in the coming months, so it can be officially re-established for a further six years.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to vote and for providing a strong mandate for us to continue our work.
What DairyNZ does
At DairyNZ we pride ourselves on working with you to deliver a better future. We do this by:
Developing better solutions through science
Creating a cow for the future
Each year genetically superior heifers enter the milking herd – this is worth many millions to the economy annually and DairyNZ invests in work that contributes to this. The latest example is DairyNZ-led research that is developing new cow fertility and longevity traits. These traits will provide greater focus on fertility and good health. Read more.
Taking the N out of pee
Recent research has shown the potential for plantain to reduce soil N losses from cows’ urine patches. DairyNZ, together with partner organisations, is working with farmers to help make plantain work in their farm system. Read more.
Investing in new plant-breeding technologies
DairyNZ is contributing funds to three new options for creating and selecting better plants faster. Genomic selection, development of new hybrid perennial ryegrasses and field testing of genetically modified ryegrass technologies are all underway. Read more.
Saving time and money on the farm
On average, a farmer spends 55 percent of their time on milking and related tasks. DairyNZ has conducted research, delivered events and developed resources to save time and money in the farm dairy. Research has also been conducted to help provide options to reduce milking frequency. Read about milking smarter or our research into milking frequency.
Shaping a better future for the sector
DairyNZ is representing your interests so dairy farming continues its success as the biggest contributor to New Zealand’s economy.
Providing a voice
On dairy farmers’ behalf, DairyNZ has helped prepare submissions on regional plan changes and on national land, water and climate change proposals – all aimed at getting the best outcome for farmers.
In 2019 DairyNZ made 15 national submissions, seven regional submissions and four select committee appearances, plus attended hundreds of meetings with MPs, regional councils and officials. A recent example is DairyNZ’s work on the Essential Freshwater proposals.
Telling your story
We represent dairy farmers and their positive work on-farm. Farmer stories, effort and passion will ultimately make a difference. When members of the public listen to farmers, read their story or visit their farm, it has a profound impact on how they view dairying.
Educating the next generation
Around 4500 children visited a farm in 2019 through one of DairyNZ’s education programmes, which are helping engage and educate people (from children to adults) about dairying and careers in the sector.
Investment in bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication is working. Since 1996, the number of infected dairy herds has dropped from 230 to 11 (as at May 2019). DairyNZ is the majority investor in TBfree’s national TB control programme.
DairyNZ accesses alternative sources of funding through public and private institutions and other organisations. For every $1 dairy farmers invest via the levy in industry good activities, the Government and other organisations co-invest a further $1.80.
Supporting better farming locally
Each farm is unique, so DairyNZ works alongside farmers to ensure information and support is tailored no matter where or how you farm.
Supporting local research
In every region DairyNZ supports at least one focus, research or monitor farm. The types of research carried out are guided by local farmers, to ensure it is topical.
Creating a forum for sharing knowledge
During 2019, nearly half of the 14,387 levy paying dairy farmers were represented at more than 2,000 discussion groups and other events run by DairyNZ.
Helping farmers take the lead
DairyNZ partners with farmer-led groups to ensure information and support is fit for purpose, no matter where or how you farm. For example, DairyNZ funds Dairy Womens' Network (DWN), Smaller Milk and Supply Herds (SMASH), South Island Dairy Event (SIDE), and specialist events like the annual once-a-day conference.
Supporting farmer initiatives
Farmer-led catchment groups play a vital role in giving farmers a strong voice around the council table. DairyNZ supports those groups through the regional government process by making it easier to engage in the process and providing scientific evidence.
Responding to regional issues
DairyNZ responds to regional issues, including severe weather and animal health problems. When swede crops caused cow illness in Southland, a DairyNZ team was quick to source plant and animal samples so we could understand the problem and coordinate support.
Empowering the industry with data
DairyNZ's DairyBase records and reports the financial performance and physical aspects of dairy farms across New Zealand. DairyBase provides you with a range of benchmarks based on ownership type, location and production system. The information also provides robust economic analysis of government policy proposals.
For a media pack on the DairyNZ milksolids levy vote go to www.dairynznewslink.co.nz, containing the following:
- Milksolids levy vote Q&A
- About DairyNZ brochure
- DairyNZ Annual Report