The strong farmer support for Beef+Lamb New Zealand’s co-funding of the Collaboration for Sustainable Growth Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme shows the entire red meat industry is on track toward a brighter future, says Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre Chairperson.
“This PGP will provide a huge amount of investment in ways farmers can directly increase their productivity and returns through their own efforts, so it is very heartening that Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s co-funding resolution was supported,” Mrs Maxwell says.
“Federated Farmers saw the potential in this partnership and more than three quarters of the sheep and beef farmers who voted agreed.
“While the red meat sector is having a tough season with drought now adding to the stress of lower prices, I am confident this scheme could mean we do not face such dire seasons in the future.
“This partnership will fund research into what improvements on and off farm can be made to directly increase farmers’ productivity and lower our input costs.
“It will lead to better communication and collaboration between all parts of our industry, which will increase farm-gate returns.
“It would be great to look back on the 2012/13 season and say, “That was the year when everything changed for the better,” Mrs Maxwell concluded.