Beef + Lamb New Zealand President Andrew Morrison.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand President Andrew Morrison urges farmers to support the organization’s continuation in this year’s sheep and beef referendum.
The apathy of farmers in the voting process is most frustrating.
âI would like farmers to encourage their friends and neighbors to vote,â Morrison said.
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Morrison, who has spoken at several B + LNZ roadshows in Southland over the past week, said there had been “massive” changes in the agricultural sector since the last referendum six years ago.
“We have a pandemic, trade wars in the United States and China and the markets have been affected by Brexit.”
The economic reforms of the 1980s were replaced by the environmental reforms of the 2020s, he said.
Morrison said no other industry has matched the productivity gains achieved in the sheep and beef sector.
B + LNZ has planned an ambitious program to support farmers over the next six years.
He aimed to roll out his new free farm plan on water, climate change, biodiversity and soils.
It would also invest in genetics to improve farmers’ productivity and reduce their environmental footprint, as well as to attract, train and retain people across the sector.
The home country brand Taste Pure Nature would also be strengthened in global markets.
Morrison urged farmers to vote âyesâ in the referendum because a ânoâ would spell the end of an organization that was solely dedicated to working on behalf of sheep and beef producers.
âDespite the challenges, I firmly believe that there is an exciting future for our industry and that by working together we will be in the best position to achieve it. “
As part of the referendum, sheep farmers were asked to support a proposed small 5-cent increase in the sheepmeat tax from 70 to 75 cents per head from October 1 of this year.
The increased harvest would help B + LNZ increase its investment in research and development in key areas such as internal parasite control and facial eczema.
âWe did not make this decision lightly and to minimize the increase we will also use reserves and leverage government funding. “
Waikaka farmer Hugh Gardyne, during Gore’s meeting, said he supported the prosecution of B + LNZ.
âWe need a strong industry voice in Wellington,â he said.
Voting records were sent to farmers earlier this month, and they have until noon July 9 to vote either online or by returning their voting record by mail.