Member Advisory

COVID-19 UPDATE: Auckland/Northland/Waikato

August 22, 2020

This is great news for those that have been unable to attend to their livestock on either side of the Auckland Border…we have been working on getting the Ministry of Health to recognise that this is a necessity and not a nice to have. And we have it!!!

Travel Exemption for Sheep and Beef Production

 We are pleased to advice that sheep and beef farmers and their workers have been granted an exemption by the Ministry of Health that authorises sheep and beef farm owners and workers, who must travel in and out of the Auckland region in order to attend to livestock, and meet their duty of care obligations under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
The exemption is effective now and will cease at the expiry of the Order. Information about the exemption will shortly go up on the COVID-19 Government page, but will not be Gazetted until Monday 23 August.   

Sheep and beef farmers and their workers need to carry the following information: 

  1. The letter of notification from the Ministry for Primary Industries, either in hard copy or on your phone.
  2. A letter from your employer noting your full name, either in hard copy or on your phone.
  3. Photo identification.
Please find below the MPI letter of notification and a letter with the details needed to meet the conditions of travel.

Please read the letter of notification carefully as it sets out the conditions for travel that you will need to follow, including safety measures. We also recommend carrying a facemask. Here 

Travel Exemption for Vets

 Vets have also just been issued with an exemption. If you require Vet assistance, we suggest you liaise with your Vet directly on their travel. 

Alan Cole 
Auckland Federated Farmers Provincial President
John Blackwell
Northland Federated Farmers Provincial President
Jacqui Hahn
Waikato Federated Farmers Provincial President

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