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My Daily Digest: March 19, 2021

Industry groups doing the hard yards for farmers The Beef + Lamb New Zealand brass got a bit of a roasting at the annual meeting this week from farmers keen for them to push back harder against government regulation.

Now, everyone wants as little interference in their business as possible and to be left alone to do the best they can. That’s human nature.

But to a certain extent, the industry groups have delivered that to levy payers.

Farmers have been left to steer their own course, for now, on greenhouse gas emissions. They’ve also been given a short reprieve from the winter grazing regulations.

A look around the world shows most other developed farming nations are moving on environmental reform really quickly.

In NZ, the issue isn’t just about holding onto the social licence to farm. It’s also about making sure our trading partners don’t slap on sustainability tariffs. It’s about making sure our brand endures.

Change is hard, and often costly, but it’s unavoidable.


Bryan Gibson


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