Meat Industry Excellence believes the red meat sector
should initially focus on the benefits arising from
committed/contracted supply. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Farmers have supported a remit from Meat Industry
Excellence seeking funding from Beef and Lamb New Zealand to
continue the group's quest for industry reform.
MIE had earlier said it needed about $200,000 for travel,
meetings and other activities associated with driving the
Sheep and beef farmers supported all the farmer remits and
resolutions put to Beef and Lamb's annual meeting in Feilding
last Friday, the organisation announced yesterday.
That included the formation of Beef and Lamb New Zealand
Genetics, where Beef and Lamb combined its genetics
investments into one entity, and a proposal by the Wool Levy
Review Group to investigate the value proposition for a
future wool levy.
The results of the farmer remits will be considered by Beef
and Lamb's board when it meets in April.
Earlier this month, MIE called on Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy to convene an urgent industry summit to address
what it described as a crisis confronting the sector and the
In response, Mr Guy encouraged all members of the industry to
collaborate, talk and resolve issues, while also saying he
would engage in a pan-industry summit if MIE or any other
group organised it.
MIE chairman John McCarthy said the group would be
approaching stakeholders across the sector to secure a
commitment, in principle, on the need for a summit to
establish if there were areas of commonality that could be
agreed on to turn the sector around.
MIE would also be repeating its request to Mr Guy for
organisational and ministerial support to enable the
It was a ''political smokescreen'' for Mr Guy to expect MIE
to bring the stakeholders ''around a table''.
''MIE are essentially a well-intentioned body of volunteers
who have put their hands in their own pockets and, to date,
have been inordinately successful in achieving their goals.
''It is probably a bridge too far for them to co-ordinate, on
their own, the large number of diverse stakeholders that
populates the red meat industry,'' Mr McCarthy said.
Meat industry talks failed and there were only four of the
processing sector involved, he said.
''This is quite obviously a role for the minister. He is the
appointed leader of this sector, such change is in the
national interest and he has taxpayer resources at his
disposal,'' he said.
MIE believed the sector should focus, as a starting point, on
the benefits arising from committed/contracted supply.
It believed that would have downstream benefits across the
spectrum, especially in terms of a stable banking platform
and more co-operative in-market behaviour, he said.