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Meat trade needs long-term view
We need to stop playing the meat companies off against each other'
Hang in there: Federated Farmers Southland president Russell McPherson said farmers need to take a long-term view of
the red meat industry.
By DIANE BISHOP
Sheep farmers need to take the
red meat industry by the ''scruff
of the neck'' and give it a good
That's the view of Federated
Farmers Southland president
Russell McPherson, who says
farmers need to change the way
they do business if the industry is
''We need to stop playing the meat
companies off against each other,
because a lot of farmers are doing
that, and commit to one com-
pany,'' he said.
Mr McPherson was one of about
1000 farmers who attended a
meeting in Gore last week hosted
by the newly-formed Meat Indus-
try Excellence Group.
The aim of the meeting was to get
a mandate from farmers to bring
about consolidation of the red
meat industry and create an 80
per cent model that would
improve sheep farmers' pro-
A sheep farmer for 18 years, Mr
McPherson said he switched to
dairy because he favoured the
Fonterra model of good control of
their product to the market.
''I agree with what sheep farmers
are doing but it's up to farmers to
take the industry by the scruff of
the neck,'' he said.
Tapanui sheep farmer Fiona
Hancox said farmers were well
and truly over the roller coaster
ride of fluctuating lamb prices.
''We've had two good years in 10
and it just doesn't stack up.
''We want viability and trans-
parency from meat companies or
people will continue to leave the
industry,'' she said.
Mrs Hancox said there needed to
be a strong sheep and beef
industry with red meat marketed
under one structure and farmers
needed to change their culture
from chasing the best lamb price
to committing to long-term supply
contracts which would see loyalty
She also believed all suppliers
should be treated fairly and
Mr McPherson said sheep farmers
needed to change their way of
thinking and take a long-term
view of the red meat industry.
''As farmers we make a long-term
investment in land but a short-
term investment in our compan-
ies and that has to change.''
Discussion: Silver Fern Farms chairman Eoin Garden said his company supported
the concept of an 80 per cent model for the red meat industry.
Model talks continue
By DIANE BISHOP
The big meat company leaders
support the concept of an 80 per
cent model for the red meat
Silver Fern Farms chairman Eoin
Garden and Alliance chairman
Owen Poole, who attended last
week's meeting, said they had been
in talks with other industry players
about the prospect of consolidating
the meat industry after Tapanui
farmer Richard Young asked if
they were willing to work together
to facilitate change.
''There's not a meat processor or
exporter who doesn't want to
employ a better model,'' Mr Poole
However, neither Mr Poole or Mr
Garden would reveal which other
industry players they were in talks
''There are other people involved
but we can't say who,'' Mr Poole
Mr Poole had tried to bring the
meat industry together into an 80
per cent model five years ago but at
the time Silver Fern Farms was in
talks with PGG Wrightson.
He acknowledged consolidation
was ''easy to talk about but hard to
Wendon Valley farmer Gay
Stringer said it was up to farmers
to help facilitate change in the red
meat industry as they owned the
two largest meat companies, Silver
Fern Farms and Alliance.
''We have the right to ask them to
join together,'' she said.
ANZ chief economist Cameron
Bagrie said volatility and uncer-
tainty in overseas markets were
the ''new normal'' which farmers
would have to get used to.
''I can't see the New Zealand dollar
going down in a sustained
fashion,'' he said.
He supported the concept of one big
operator in the meat industry and
''four or five'' smaller ones to keep
the others honest.
Mr Bagrie said only the right
people could push for change in the
red meat sector.
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