There are no new faces on Beef and Lamb New Zealand's Central
South Island Farmer Council following its recent annual
However, South Canterbury farmer Andrew Fraser, who is
Craigmore Station's operations manager, has stepped down as a
The farmer council annual meeting was held at Cromwell
earlier this month.
Elections were held for members for the North Otago,
Pareora/Maungati, Pleasant Point and Geraldine areas, as
these were required to retire by rotation.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand senior extension manager Aaron
Meikle said Robert Peacock (Geraldine), Ivan Geary (Pleasant
Point) and Blair Smith (North Otago) put their hands up to
serve for a further three-year term and were re-elected
Bill Wright, of Cave, and Mr Smith will continue as chairman
and vice-chairman respectively.
Mr Meikle said Mr Fraser would not be replaced at this stage
because South Canterbury had good representation on the
It planned to mark Mr Fraser's long-time contribution at a
farmer event soon, he said.
Mr Smith and his wife, Jane, who were supreme winners of the
Ballance Farm Environment Awards in 2012, were guest speakers
and presented findings from their study tour of Asian
The meeting was also an opportunity for Beef and Lamb
levy-payers to be updated on the regional activities of their
organisation and discuss future plans.
Mr Meikle said the past year was ''tough'' for sheep and beef
farmers throughout the region but their attendance at events
had increased and he put this down to the work of council
members in their farming communities who had made sure
programmes were relevant.
It was just over three years since Beef and Lamb was formed.
After the wool levy ceased, the councils were set up in their
''They provide us with a lot of advice ... it helps us do a
better job,'' Mr Meikle said.
He said one change it planned was to move away from holding
field days largely because there was ''so much on''.
Instead, it hoped to run workshops ''on demand'' to suit a
It was already doing this with its FeedSmart, Land
Environment Planning, bull and ram selection workshops, but
it hoped to do more ''hands-on'' work like that with small
groups, Mr Meikle said.