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Monday 6 September 2004
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced that it had
changed the definition for adult cattle under the Biosecurity (Bovine
Tuberculosis – Cattle Levy) Amendment Order 2004, effectively exempting bobby
calf owners a processing cost that affected about 10,000 animals last season.
The minimum weight for animals defined as "adult cattle" has now been
increased from those weighing more than 27 kg to those weighing more than 40 kg,
based on dressed carcass weight. This definition aligns with the definition used
by Meat and Wool New Zealand for bobby calves which are exempt from levies under
the Commodity Levies (Meat) Order 2004.
The reason behind the change is that, due to changes in farm and transport
practices, many bobby calves are slaughtered slightly older, and correspondingly
heavier, than was the case previously. Under the pest management strategy for
bovine tuberculosis, animals classified as "adult cattle" are subject to a levy
to pay for activities under the strategy. The current levy rate is $11.50 per
animal plus GST but can be up to $15.00 plus GST. The market value of a heavier
bobby calf last season was about $32.00.
The change becomes effective from 2 September 2004 to be in advance of the
current bobby calf processing season.
Media contact: Brett Sangster, MAF Director Corporate Communications Phone:
0-4-498 9882 or 0-27-247 8777 Email: