With solely per week till shifting day, the Ministry for Major Industries (MPI) is reminding farmers to register their animals for tracing functions.
Marking the primary day of winter on 1 June, shifting day is when dairy farmers from Kaitaia to Bluff transfer their herds to new pastures for winter grazing.
It’s anticipated about two million animals can be moved this 12 months.
MPI spokesperson Peter Hyde stated it was necessary all animals had been registered beneath the Nationwide Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) programme.
NAIT helps MPI reply shortly in case of a severe biosecurity outbreak, like Mycoplasma bovis.
MPI estimated 91 p.c of animals had been already registered however there have been a couple of areas the place farmers had not complied, Hyde stated.
“9 p.c not registered continues to be too excessive for traceability techniques to be efficient. You actually need excessive ranges of compliance so we’re actively attempting to get in the direction of 100%,” he stated.
“Sadly, final 12 months we took compliance motion on farmers that had been persisting to maneuver round unregistered inventory, we had 13 profitable prosecutions and now we have one other eight within the court docket system – so we do take it severely.”
Hyde stated farmers also needs to brush up on their animal welfare obligations.
“Ideally, your cows can be dried off and it is necessary that you simply put them on exhausting feed silage, baleage or hay for an excellent 4 hours earlier than the truck arrives to bind them up.
“You may additionally take into consideration supplying further calcium and magnesium if it’ll be a protracted transportation time, and in addition essential that in case you have any compromised animals that you do not transport them.”
Paeroa farmer Bart Van de Ven is shifting 20 minutes up the street to Springdale.
Alongside together with his spouse and two daughters, they had been going from being low order share-milkers to a 50-50 share-milking job.
He stated it made issues simpler as a result of they weren’t shifting their herd.
“Years in the past on shifting day there could be cows all over the place however now there’s an increasing number of contracts the place it stipulates that you simply purchase the herd on the farm. And whenever you go away the property you are on, you promote the herd to the subsequent farmer that is available in.”
It had not made issues much less hectic for the Van de Vens who had already packed up most of their issues.
“We’re fortunate the brand new boss has an empty storage that now we have been in a position to transfer issues into – so a lot of the home and loads of the shed gear is already gone,” he stated.
“It is a massive job, a number of journeys in vehicles and trailers and quite a lot of neighborhood help, we have had family and friends coming over to present us a hand.”
The household have even moved their daughters’ playhouse.
Van de Ven stated after three good seasons in Paeroa, he was excited to get into 50-50 share milking.
“We have performed the transfer earlier than so it feels fairly cruisy, it is going to be good getting 50 p.c of the milk cheque however in saying that we pay 50 p.c of every thing like cropping, feed inputs and all that kind of factor,” he stated.
“After we began 50-50 sharemilking about 12/13 years [ago], we went from a $7.90 to a $4.55 payout that was scary stuff, so this time round issues must be simpler.”