Farmer consultation has officially been launched before
October's referendum seeking to reintroduce a wool levy.
The referendum, on October 10, asks sheep farmers to fund a
new industry body by approving a levy of between 2c and 5c
for each kilogram of greasy or slipe wool at the first point
That equated to $4.6 million at 3c a kg for 154,000 tonnes of
wool annually if the 17,000 farmers eligible to vote agreed.
There was further potential investment from the Government
but farmers needed to ''put our money where our mouth is''
before that happened, Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra
Wool was the ''fibre of the future'' and the referendum was
the industry's chance to make a difference to its future.
''Sheep is not a one-dimensional animal. It is dual purpose
but the value of wool is not recognised here or overseas, and
as a result, we are underselling ourselves in the market,''
Mrs Faulkner said.
The industry was worth $700 million and a collective voice
was needed to educate, innovate and invest in its future, she
Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers outgoing meat and fibre
chairwoman, urged farmers to make sure they were informed and
''Voting is the expression of commitment to ourselves and our
industry, no matter which box you tick,'' Mrs Maxwell said.