Feds/MIE: highly constructive discussion

Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre is to follow up on a positive meeting with the Meat Industry Excellence Group (MIE) with a discussion on meat industry reform and farmer behaviour at its 2013 conference in Ashburton next month.

According to Feds Meat & Fibre chairperson Jeanette Maxwell, the group had a “highly constructive discussion around meat industry issues and many areas of alignment emerged.”

A lot more information is expected to emerge from MIE over the coming month.

“Federated Farmers is continuing to work with MIE to secure a strong future for what is a vitally important industry for New Zealand farmers,” says Maxwell, adding that the future of the meat industry will be a big point of discussion at Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre conference in Ashburton over 3-4 July.”

The conference will be looking at the results of the Federation’s Farmer Behaviour survey and discussing its findings. A panel session will be held on the afternoon of 3 July focused on ‘culture change’ for the meat industry.

“The panellists are Reese Hart, who has worked in the meat industry, Doug Leeder on what it took to get Fonterra, Massey University’s Professor Hamish Gow on the survey and the meat industry as well as Dr Michelle Shields on behaviour change. We will also have an update from MIE itself,” Maxwell says.

Farmers who want to share the opportunity, facilitated by farmer, All Black and Radio LiveSport host Richard Loe are welcome, she says. You can register by calling either 0800 327 646 or register online.

The Meat and Fibre Conference is just ahead of the Red Meat Sector Conference, which takes place on Monday 8 July in Auckland.

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