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Gypsy Day going ahead

Gypsy Day going ahead

Posted May 27, 2020

Also known as Gypsy Day, Moving Day is on June 1 when many dairy farming families, sharemilkers, contract milkers and employees move to new farms to start new jobs and milking contracts.

It’s not just herds of cows motorists can expect to encounter it’s the loads of household goods all needing to get from A-B and sometimes C.

The Government has allowed Gypsy Day to go ahead this year under any alert level and has placed strict controls to prevent the spread of covid-19.The controls restrict activities to those absolutely necessary to allow the movement of people, livestock, farm and household equipment.That is to make sure dairy farmers and workers have safe and suitable housing and protect the welfare of their animals.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the dairy industry will play a critical role in New Zealand’s economic recovery after covid-19 and it is vital Moving Day goes ahead.“Since the alert level four lockdown was announced and dairy farming was deemed an essential service the Government has been committed to finding a way to enable it to proceed.“There were already really strong precautions in place around Moving Day as a result of the Mycoplasma bovis programme.”

The news that Gypsy Day could go ahead came as a huge relief to share milkers and farmers.The dairy industry has been working on firming up the guidelines to help farmers, share milkers and other workers with their shift.