Meaty politics at Red Meat Sector Conference.4

With the General Election on the horizon, Wellington is the obvious place to hold this year’s Red Meat Sector Conference.

The joint industry conference, involving meat processing and export companies along with sheep and beef farmers, is at Te Papa on Monday 28 July.

The evening before sees a multi-party political debate in the Grand Hall at Parliament Buildings. The focus will be on party policies that support the red meat sector, followed by a cocktail and networking function hosted by the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy.

Political commentator Colin James, who has been a regular speaker at the annual conference, will share his insights into what the political landscape is likely to look like after the September election – and importantly who the sheep and beef sector need to influence to create the best environment for doing business.

There is a strong line-up of speakers on Monday covering trends in international markets and at home.

Mary Boyd, corporate network director the Economist Intelligence Unit in China will provide insights into the opportunities in China, while Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright will focus on the sector’s environmental responsibilities.

Professor Shaun Hendy, author of Get off the Grass will challenge innovative thinking, and Lindy Nelson, the executive director of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust, will talk about the changing profile of farming businesses – with women participating to a greater degree in business decisions.

The conference, now in its fourth year, is designed to challenge and inspire and continue to drive the themes outlined in the Red Meat Sector Strategy – coordinate in-market behaviour, align procurement and adopt best practice.

For more information and to register visit www.redmeatsector.co.nz.

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