Beef and Lamb New Zealand says it will work with Meat
Industry Excellence as it develops a more detailed project
plan - and one that the industry-good organisation can fund.
Last month, farmers supported a remit from MIE seeking
funding from Beef and Lamb to continue the group's quest for
At a board meeting in Christchurch this week, directors
recognised that support and had taken on board the majority
view of farmers who voted, Beef and Lamb chairman James
It was important now for MIE to draft a funding application
and business plan that levy funds could support, Mr Parsons
MIE had earlier said it needed about $200,000 for travel,
meetings and other activities associated with driving the
Beef and Lamb directors also supported a request from the
Wool Levy Review Group to use remaining Meat and Wool New
Zealand wool levies to prepare a referendum proposal for a
The independent group was formed after a remit to Beef and
Lamb's 2011 annual meeting directed an investigation into the
effects of the discontinued levy.
The remit also sought to understand if there was support for
returning to a collective grower investment and recommended a
value proposition be brought to the 2014 Beef and Lamb annual
''Beef and Lamb New Zealand has provided support along the
way as views were canvassed and this work culminated in the
business case that farmers voted to support in March.
''The business case is for a wool levy to be raised and to
focus on increasing a demand for wool and wool products,
information, policy and advocacy, research, development and
extension,'' Mr Parsons said.
Given the funding support of Beef and Lamb's board, the group
would be able to take the proposal to a referendum for wool
growers, to be held before the end of the year.
It would not be a Beef and Lamb referendum, but would be
conducted by the independent wool group, he said.
Mr Parsons noted that the two remit actions were at very
different stages of development. The wool levy action was
''well down the track'' and it was quite clear what farmers
were asking Beef and Lamb to fund.
''By comparison, MIE's remit was very high level and Beef and
Lamb will now work with MIE as they develop a more detailed
project plan, and importantly one that Beef and Lamb can
fund,'' he said.
It must be understood and agreed on how levies would be
invested, he said.
Last month, MIE said an urgent industry summit needed to be
convened to address what it described as a crisis confronting
the red meat sector and the country.
In the group's latest newsletter, it said it was working on
an agenda for a meeting, tentatively set for early July,
which would be very goal-focused on two of the key areas
identified in the red meat sector strategy document -
livestock procurement and in-market behaviour.