A record number of farmers turned out to show their support for DairyNZ's milk levy.
Each year, farmers pay a levy of 3.6 cents per kilogram of milksolids to fund research and development by DairyNZ on behalf of the industry.
Interim results from Electionz.com (which runs the vote for DairyNZ) show that 60 per cent of the 14,436 eligible farmers turned out to vote, with 78 per cent supporting a levy.
That is up from turnout of 59 per cent in 2002's vote and 52 per cent in the 2008 vote. The "yes" vote went from 63 per cent in 2002, to 69 per cent in 2008.
Weighted by milksolids, the results rise to 82 per cent for voting "yes" to the levy, and avoter turnout of 68 per cent.
- The Timaru Herald