Southland Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Andrew
Morrison stepped down at the Southland annual meeting earlier
this month and Gary Coker was appointed to take over the
Meat and fibre sector farmers again brought up the ongoing
issue of the Southern agriculture sector about transferring
resources away from Invermay.
As a result, Mr Morrison would be taking the issue presented
to the National Conference that Southland meat and fibre
would try to do everything possible to keep the sheep and
deer genomics research at Invermay, which would be his last
act as chairman.
About 200 farmers and group associates gathered for the 82nd
annual meeting, held at Southland Sports Stadium earlier this
month, where the issue of Southland water quality was the
main topic for all present.
Southland Federated Farmers provincial president Russell
MacPherson gave his annual report and talked about farmers
working with Environment Southland to improve the region's
Mr MacPherson was also re-elected as president for the next
This had been a big year for Southland Federated Farmers as
it was the first time they had worked with Environment
Mr MacPherson was happy with how the year had gone and was
looking forward to the relationship between the two
''We, as organisations, will still have disagreements, but we
are all keen to see Southland do well and it is nice to be
able to sit around the table and discuss the issues in this
forum''. The following year and beyond would have some
challenges for farmers, including the ongoing pressures of
the national fresh water objectives.
''We have time here in Southland with water quality to ensure
we have the right science, the right rules, the right
attitudes to ensure that the family farms of Southland can
prosper and continue to provide wealth and jobs for Southland
and Southlanders,'' Mr MacPherson said.
Guest speakers included Clint Rissman, from Environment
Southland, who detailed the importance of water quality and
spoke of the council's Water and Land 2020 and beyond
This year Prime Minister John Key also spoke at the meeting
going over the recently-released budget and what was in store
for the future for the agriculture sector.
Over the years there had been many advances in agriculture
and he believed that when it came to future benefits, science
would be key.
Federated Farmers board member Katie Milne had travelled to
the meeting speaking of ongoing issues New Zealand farmers
have highlighted, such as the disposal of calves.
- by Nicole Sharp