A simple idea – how farmers can pay for their own problems

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It’s going to cost the government at least $600 million to clean up this mess over the next decade

There are 6.5 million cows in NZ.

It’s going to cost the government at least $600 million to clean up this mess over the next decade
Each cow is worth around $2000.
A cow levy of $650 million over ten years would be about $10 a cow a year. Just saying…………..
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  1. cleangreen says:

    Yes it should be used Mike,

    Well though out plan.

    A very easy cost to bear now. @ $10 a cow is such a low cost for farmers, I only have sheep and see our price drop over $10 a pop every day.

    $10 will not affect their future should micro platma bovis finally be iradicated, it is a win win win for all.

    • John W says:

      With each cow being a $10 liability then each payment will be motivations to reduce cow numbers.
      Farming for profit, not output and polluting for free.

  2. Afewknowthetruth says:

    It’s a nice thought but there is no evidence the financial system will hold together for ‘the next decade’, and there’s plenty of evidence it won’t.

    Euro Crisis Returns With A Bang: Stocks Crash In Frenzied Liquidation


    It’s going to be an ‘interesting’ year. Maybe an ‘interesting’ week.

  3. roy cartland says:

    Hell yes, how the f*ck has this question been avoided so long? Why the hell are we paying for this dinosaur of an industry so that these farmers can keep “doing what they love”? Handouts for lifestyle?

    $10 a cow. Easy.

  4. Denny Paoa says:

    Up until 1997. Farmers of any animal type, sheep, cow, bull, deer ect were paying a tax per head annually(Herd Tax) and it was stopped. At that time there was about $7bn dollars in that fund. No need to guess what that could of paid for if it was still available ay. FFS!

  5. Helena says:

    The culling of N.Z.cows has hit overseas news:

  6. countryboy says:

    Here’s another simple idea.
    How about NZ/AO farmers go on strike for a seasonal year and watch as you go hungry as our country runs out of money?
    You want to talk mess? What must you think of the 1.3 mil shitting, pissing people in Auckland, the 496,000 shitting, pissing people in Wellington, and the 390,000 shitting, pissing people in Christchurch then?
    And do you know how many people derive their sole income from agrarian enterprises? Enterprises that supply you with food and our foreign exchange? 52,000. According to the Dept of Stats’ NZ/AO.
    You should be careful of what you say lest the hand that feeds you? The one that you bite? It might, one day, slap you all across the face.

    • roy cartland says:

      So we’re supposed to be grateful? If 24 out of 25 of you went on strike, we’d still have enough to feed the country. And that’s just the meat-eaters.

      And your stats look a bit pathetic given that the national herd equals around 90 million people’s worth of waste, at a conservative calculation.

      And thanks for the violent talk – the farming hand has well and truly slapped this country already; quite fisted us into the dire situation we’re in. But oh, sorry, “farming is what you do” so can’t be touched.

    • John W says:

      Yes farmers should install sewerage capture and treatment systems like cities do … well most of the time regarding Auckland.

  7. Alan says:

    “How about NZ/AO farmers go on strike for a seasonal year and watch as you go hungry as our country runs out of money?”. OK, try it and see what happens to your farm. If you can afford to close it for a year, then you can afford $10 per head.

  8. Denny Paoa says:

    Oh goodie! Lets hope the farmers go on strike for a season or more! The fuck’n banks will move in on them within a few months! Then a buyer could pick up hundreds if not thousands of hectares to turn into housing developments and tank the prices of houses!
    Bring it on MF!

  9. Chris says:

    Hey Countryboy. Tourism is our no1 earner.
    Tech is 3 and coming along fast.
    Artificial milk is coming.
    Instead of bailing out dairy farmers I reckon we should help them get out of a dirty sunset industry.

  10. Marc says:

    Something along those lines does already seem to be considered.

    A kind of insurance scheme, like EQC, I last heard.

    Maybe they learn from this disaster that has unfolded?

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