Meat industry consultation to begin after 'revolutionary fortnight'

Federated Farmers is due to start consulting its members on a series of meat industry reform options.

Industry reform has been a big topic for farmers this year and more details of options would be revealed this week, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairwoman Jeanette Maxwell said.

Mrs Maxwell described it as a ''revolutionary fortnight'' for the industry, with the Red Meat Profit Partnership having been formed.

The partnership involves Alliance Group, ANZCO Foods, ANZ, Beef and Lamb New Zealand, Blue Sky Meats, Greenlea Premier Meats, Progressive Meats, Rabobank, Silver Fern Farms and the Government, with an investment of $64 million in the red meat sector over the next seven years.

That partnership involved ''serious firepower'' to help deliver real change inside the farm gate, Mrs Maxwell said.

A 4.7% decline to a 2013-14 crop of 25.5 million lambs underscored how vital the partnership was.

''We cannot keep going on like this either inside the farm gate or outside of it,'' she said.

She hoped other processors and other banks would become involved.

''This ... partnership is about taking the right lessons from other industries in order to give farmers the information and tools we need to farm better in terms of production and profit.

''It's ultimately about better farm businesses and that's good for every New Zealander. Federated Farmers stands ready to assist where we can to help get farmer buy-in,'' she said.

• Silver Fern Farms will hold its annual meeting at the Otago Golf Club in Dunedin on Wednesday, where the results of the director elections will also be announced.

West Otago farmer Richard Young and Gisborne farmer Dan Jex-Blake are seeking election to the board, along with incumbent director David Shaw, of Clinton. There are two positions to be filled.

Mr Young and Mr Jex-Blake stood down from the executive of Meat Industry Excellence to chase election to the board. Last week, another former Meat Industry Excellence executive member Don Morrison, of the Waikaka Valley, was elected to the board of Alliance Group, ousting Southdown farmer Jason Miller.


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