Southern farmers will next month have a chance to air their
concerns about AgResearch's decision to cut jobs from its
The meeting with AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson
and chairman Sam Robinson and other members of the
organisation's leadership team was set up by Southern Texel
Breeders Association president Hugh Gardyne.
Mr Gardyne said the meeting, being held at Invermay on March
12, would give farmers, breeders and other interested parties
an opportunity to hear an outline of AgResearch's plan and
express any concerns they had.
There was widespread concern in southern farming about the
loss of capability at Invermay, which meant he expected a
''good turnout'' at the meeting, he said.
''Invermay has a strong regional support and collaborates
with a lot of organisations for all number of things and
allows for frequent contact directly with farmers and
''It's not going to happen if they are 300 miles [480km]
There was also concern over the difference in climate between
Lincoln, where the scientists would move if AgResearch's plan
goes ahead, and Otago and Southland.
Mr Gardyne said he was ''grateful'' members of AgResearch's
leadership team were coming down for the meeting, but would
have preferred to meet them sooner.