9 Mar 2012

Beef + Lamb NZ directors keep seats

2:03 pm on 9 March 2012

Two farmer directors of Beef + Lamb New Zealand have kept their seats for another three year term after winning regional elections.

Northern North Island director James Parsons received more than 9000 votes, well ahead of challengers Rob MacNab and Kevin Robinson.

The sitting Northern South Island director, Andy Fox, was also returned with a comfortable magin over Phillip Smith and Jeremy Rookes.

The voting percentage for the Northern North Island electorate was about 24%, which represents about 35% of the sheep and beef industry in the district.

In the Northern South Island the voting return was about 31% which represents about 39% of the industry there.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has six farmer directors and two representing meat processors and exporters.

One of those, Keith Cooper, recently resigned before the end of his term, in protest over Beef + Lamb activities that he considered conflicted with other meat industry interests.