Northland farmer James Parsons has been appointed
chairman-elect for Beef and Lamb New Zealand.
Mr Parsons, who is northern North Island director for Beef
and Lamb, is expected to take over from Hawkes Bay farmer
Mike Petersen who is not seeking re-election when his term
ends in March next year.
While the final decision would ultimately be made by the new
board at the first meeting following the annual meeting next
year, the announcement ''sends a very clear signal of the
board's intentions at this time'', Mr Petersen said.
''James has the energy and enthusiasm for the role and is
fully committed to working for farmers in this key leadership
position within the farming sector,'' he said.
Mr Parsons said he was excited and looking forward to the
challenge that came with the role.
He was also looking forward to deepening his understanding of
the wider industry over the next six months, and getting to
know key contacts.
Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairwoman Jeanette Maxwell
congratulated Mr Parsons, saying he represented a new
generation of farmers and would do well in the position.
Mr Petersen has been appointed New Zealand Special
Agriculture Trade Envoy.