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DairyNZ is calling on the Government to partner with dairy farmers to achieve better outcomes, invest more in research and development, and stop overloading farmers with too many regulations. 

Ten recommendations for Government have been drawn from DairyNZ’s latest ‘View from the Cowshed’ survey of 425 dairy farmers.  

  Chief Executive Dr Tim Mackle said it’s critical the Government work more closely with farmers to support investment in research and development, so farmers can continue working to reduce their environmental footprint, while maintaining profitability.  

He said this year’s survey indicates farmers are making on-farm changes to improve their environmental management and their workplaces, but are feeling under pressure from constant regulatory changes.

Dr Mackle said dairy is New Zealand’s leading export sector, employs 50,000 Kiwis and is forecast to contribute over $40 billion to our economy this year.

The organisation will issue a copy of The View from the Cowshed report to all members of Parliament and request meetings to discuss the findings.  

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Local cat owners wanting some help to get their animals desexed and microchipped can take advantage of the SPCA’s Snip n Chip campaign.

The region-wide campaign kicked off yesterday in an effort to help reduce the number of unwanted animals.

Cat owners can get theor pets snipped and chipped for as little as $10.

Participating vets locally : in CHB – Vet Services HB or CHB Vets; and in Dannevirke - Vet Services HB or Tararua Veterinary Services.

More information can be found on the SPCA website.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has extended the Further Submission deadline for its Proposed District Plan until next Tuesday November 9.

This round of submissions can only me made on subjects raised in the first round of submissions, and by specific people or groups.

Details can be found on the Council website.

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71% of eligible Hawke’s Bay residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

More than 4000 vaccinations were given from Friday through to Monday in the region, meaning 84% have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says over the weekend, the regions’ Pasifika community also surpassed 100%.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, the percentage of eligible people who have had at least one dose of the vaccine is 84%.  Of that, 71.5% are fully vaccinated.

In Tararua, 80% have had at least one dose, with 66% having had both.