The dairy industry will need a strong voice in coming debates over farming within limits and biosecurity, making it important for farmers and regions to participate in the levy vote, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.
Everyone has a lot at stake. We need to have a strong mandate and a good voter turnout will send a clear message to everyone about the strength and engagement of the dairy industry and our farmers in key issues, says Tim.
“I would like to thank everyone who has voted so far. We really appreciate the support. DairyNZ has worked very hard to ensure that all farmers are aware of the vote and what it’s about. We have used a variety of ways to contact farmers because we wanted everyone to know about the vote and to check they had received their voter pack. Some regions are way out in front while others lag behind in terms of voter turnout.
“There’s never a quiet time on the farm anymore and I understand how these tasks slip down the ‘to do’ list and get buried in farmers’ piles of paperwork. But it’s vital that every region and supplier group is well-represented in the voter turnout.”
In 2008 52 percent of farmers voted on the levy. Around 75 percent voted yes to continuing the levy.
“Not achieving an increase on last time in terms of turnout would not be a good endorsement of our work of the last six years and what we plan to do going forward,” says Tim.
“I’d encourage any farmer or sharemilker who hasn’t voted yet to go on-line and do it before May 31. Don’t miss this once-in-six-years opportunity to have your say and get your regional turnout up there amongst the top performers.”