Agribusiness industry leader Malcolm Bailey has been
appointed chairman of the Red Meat Profit Partnership, which is
in the final stages of contract negotiations with the Crown.
The RMPP is a consortium of red meat sector participants
completing a Primary Growth Partnership agreement, aimed at
building capability and making the red meat sector more
profitable, confident and productive.
It involves meat companies Alliance Group, Silver Fern Farms,
Anzco, Greenlea, Blue Sky Meats and Progressive Meats; ANZ
and Rabobank, business services firm Deloitte, and
industry-good organisation Beef and Lamb New Zealand.
The programme will be supported by an investment of $64
million over seven years: $19.3 million from sheep and beef
farmers through Beef and Lamb NZ, $13 million from industry
and $32 million from the Crown.
Mr Bailey is a director of both Fonterra and Westpac NZ Ltd,
chairman of the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand
and a member of the Food and Agriculture International Trade
He is also a former national president of Federated Farmers
and a former special agricultural trade envoy for the Crown.
The RMPP provided an opportunity to achieve a ''step change''
in farm productivity and sector performance. The challenge of
helping steer the group was exciting, he said.
Earlier this month, representatives of the sheep meat sectors
in the UK, France and New Zealand agreed the volatility of
returns was affecting the long-term viability of their
respective sheep meat sectors.
A cross-sector group from the UK and France visited New
Zealand on a fact-finding mission to better understand the
outlook for New Zealand sheep farmers and to identify and
discuss common challenges.
They met representatives from industry organisations, farming
groups and meat processing and exporting companies. All the
producer organisations agreed sheep meat supplies from the
northern and southern hemispheres were complementary and
vital to ensure lamb was available on supermarket shelves in
European markets throughout the year, Beef and Lamb NZ
chairman Mike Petersen said.
While there was ''every sign'' returns would improve over the
medium term, the organisations considered there was an
opportunity over the next six months for producers,
processors and exporters ''on both sides of the world'' to
better understand market dynamics and to consider how more
stable returns might be able to be generated in the future,
improving the long-term viability of the sector, Mr Petersen