Waitomo News : NKC Farmer September 2014
2 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 On Farm Servicing Available 44 Waitete Road, Te Kuiti P 07 878 5026 • Brent 027 212 0038 • Steve 021 775 921 0800 546 246 • www.mcindoegroup.co.nz CAN-AM READY TO RIDE Commander 800R Outlander 500 DPS Outlander 650 XT *Offer on 13/14 models expires October 31, 2014 All Outlander & Outlander MAX 500cc $750 REBATE All Outlander & Outlander MAX 650cc $500 REBATE All Commander 800cc $1250 REBATE Maverick 1000 XRS/XRS DPS $5000 KIT Variation 6 keeping you awake at night? From 1 January 2015, all farms using more than 15m3 of water per day for milk cooling and dairy shed wash down will require a resource consent. Water consents can be tricky. For advice and assistance with all aspects of the resource consent process, call the Rural Law experts. Sue Garmonsway Senior Associate, Gallie Miles Ph 872 0560, email email@example.com P: 07 872 0560 F: 07 871 5882 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.galliemiles.co.nz ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook! 53 Mutu Street Te Awamutu 3840 PO Box 170 Te Awamutu BY ROBBIE KAY YES or no? North King Country wool growers are being asked to vote next month on the re-introduction of a levy that would raise $4.6 million a year to increase the value of wool through industry good activities. The nationwide Wool Levy Referendum runs until October 10. Voting papers are being distributed from to- morrow. Farmers are being asked to approve a levy of between two and five cents per kilogram of greasy or slipe wool at first point of sale. Based on three cents per kilo for the 154,000 tonne of wool produced in New Zealand per year, the fund would be $4.6 million. About 17,000 sheep farmers are eligible to vote in the referendum which is being run by the Wool Levy Group. $700 MILLION Group chairwoman, Muriwai farmer Sandra Faulkner says the average value of NZ’s raw wool exports increased by 38% between 2010 and 2014, and the industry is now worth $700 million. “New Zealand is the world’s third largest wool exporter supplying 45% of the world’s carpet wool, yet wool is the only primary sector not represented by an industry good body,” says Sandra. “Currently growers are represented beyond the farm gate by Merino NZ, Primary Wool Co-op and Wools of New Zealand. “These companies do a great job on behalf of their shareholders, but about 50% of wool growers don’t belong to them.” She says a wool levy would benefit farmers and the wider wool industry and provide a much- needed voice for the sector. “We have a great opportunity to create momen- tum off the back of improving prices for wool. “We want to inspire the new generations of wool growers not currently engaging with the wool in- dustry or influencing its direction. “We can make a difference if we maximise our opportunities to shape a great future for wool, but we need a vehicle to do this.” In the run up to the referendum, Wool Levy Group members travelled the country attending farmer meetings and addressing questions. The referendum comes after four years work by a sector-wide review group to find ways to improve the future of wool. The levy was recommended by independent re- view, and now grower support is needed to make it happen. FAVOURABLE VOTE Farmers voted in favour of the proposal at the March Beef+Lamb NZ annual general meeting and the Wool Levy Group was established to run the referendum. TO P3 Wool it pass this time? VOICE NEEDED: Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra Faulkner has been travelling the country talking with wool growers. She says the levy will provide a much-needed voice for the sector and help shape a great future for wool.
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