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Feilding Meat Industry Meeting Generates More Meetings

3 May 2013
 
Feilding Meat Industry Meeting Generates More Meetings
 
So successful was the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) meeting in Feilding last Friday, 26 April, where 700 farmers met  to establish a mandate for meat industry change, that further meetings are to be held in Gisborne and Te Kuiti..
 
Local organising Chairman and newly elected MIE executive member, John McCarthy, said that there was great support at the Fielding meeting from all over the lower North Island; “we got twice as many farmers to the meeting than we had originally planned for,” he added.
 
As a consequence, further meetings are being planned for Gisborne on 15 May and Te Kuiti on 17 May.  Details of these will be released next week.
 
Richard Young, MIE Chairman, said MIE is fully supportive of any meat company initiative between the top-four companies.  It welcomed a two month timetable for this to be announced.
 
Comments at the Feilding meeting, from Alliance Chairman Owen Poole, suggested this was not a long term solution but a starting point.  “One from which further change could take place,” Mr Young added.
 
Mr Young however stressed that farmers must remain focussed on achieving long term, sustainable change in the industry.  Farmers need to be aware that this may take five years to fully achieve.
 
“We need to survive the next 2013/14 season; retaining farmer ownership and control and hopefully this meat company initiative will help,” Mr Young said.
 
MIE also welcomed Beef and Lamb NZ Chairman, Mike Peterson’s contribution to the debate, with a proposal Beef and Lamb NZ will look at Tradable Slaughter Rights (TSR).
 
MIE stresses that all options need to be looked at, including TSR, but the industry needs innovative long term solutions for it to prosper and grow.
 
“Band-aid solutions may well be the vehicle needed to avoid a potential “train wreck” next season.  It is essential a long term view is taken to finding the right solutions,” Mr Young concluded.

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