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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries 2

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Contact: Agriculture, marine, and plant policy team


Dairy herd improvement adds substantial value to the New Zealand economy. It does this by contributing to the breeding of more productive dairy animals through herd testing, herd recording, animal evaluation, and artificial breeding. It also has the potential to support better environmental and animal health outcomes.

The regulatory regime that underpins herd improvement requires the collection of comprehensive, accurate, and continuous data. This data informs the decisions made on herd management and breeding.

The regulatory regime has not been comprehensively reviewed since it was established in 2001. It would benefit from being updated to reflect the changing animal evaluation needs of the dairy industry.

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants your feedback on how the regulatory regime can more effectively support the performance of the dairy industry now and into the future.

The 6-week consultation runs from 1 October 2018 to 12 November.

Consultation document

Dairy herd improvement industry: Review of regulation [PDF, 723 KB]

Related document

What’s being proposed?

This review centres on how to ensure that the regulated (‘core’) dataset remains well aligned with the dairy industry’s current and future animal evaluation needs.

MPI has also identified other issues and is testing whether current arrangements remain fit for purpose. These issues include:

  • whether the role and membership of the New Zealand Dairy Core Database Access Panel remain appropriate
  • how to provide for monitoring of, and reporting on, the use of core data
  • whether there are amendments that could improve the clarity of the processes relating to the certification of herd testers.

This consultation is your chance to tell us how these other aspects of the current system are performing and let us know about possible improvements.

Making your submission

Send us your submission no later than 5pm on 12 November 2018. Email

In the subject line put ‘Dairy herd improvement regulatory review’.

While we prefer email, you can post your written submissions to:

Dairy Herd Improvement
Agriculture, Marine and Plant Policy
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include in your submission

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of this consultation document
  • your name, title and contact details (that is, phone number, address, and email)
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation), and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless there is a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission (e.g. commercially sensitive or personal information). MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision MPI makes to withhold information can, however, be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. Unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission, MPI will consider that you have consented to its publication.

Questions related to this review

How does this review relate to the review of the DIRA and its impact on the dairy industry?

This review is separate from the review of subpart 5 of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 (DIRA), which regulates the activities of Fonterra to ensure that the dairy industry operates in a way that protects the long-term interests of farmers, New Zealand consumers and the wider economy.

However, both reviews will be carried out in parallel so that any policy proposals resulting from the reviews can be considered together by Cabinet, and, subject to Cabinet agreement, any legislative changes could then be incorporated into a comprehensive DIRA Amendment Bill.

What is the dairy herd improvement industry doing in light of the Mycoplasma bovis response?

Farm service providers, including herd testers, have a role to play in helping eradicate Mycoplasma bovis. Information is on this website about the Mycoplasma bovis response, recommended ways to help reduce the risk of spreading disease, and advice for managing service bulls and semen.