26 Feb 2014

Beef, lamb farmers to vote on funding

10:08 am on 26 February 2014

Sheep and beef farmers will be asked to vote on whether the industry organisation they collectively own should give another $200,000 to a group calling for meat industry reform.

The Meat Industry Excellence group (MIE) will put a remit before Beef + Lamb New Zealand's annual meeting next month, seeking further financial support.

MIE is seeking $200,000, on top of the $40,000 it has already been given by Beef + Lamb, so it can continue its work on addressing procurement and marketing issues in the sector. The funds are for travel expenses and the cost of meetings and other activities.

Beef + Lamb chair Mike Petersen says the farmer remit process is a good way for farmers to have their say.

"I think it's important to make sure that we do get a good view from farmers," he says. "We have a lot of farmers who support the work of MIE (but) also a lot that don't.

"We collect levies from all farmers so it's really important that if there's work being directed into industry reform, that it's going to benefit all farmers."

Farmer remits are non-binding on the board but Mr Petersen says he believes it would follow a clear direction if there was one.