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