15 May 2023

Beef + Lamb organises roadshow to discuss farmers' concerns

2:25 pm on 15 May 2023
Cattle stand in a farm paddock.

Group chair Kate Acland says Beef + Lamb wants to listen to what farmers are saying so it has organised the roadshow, which will run from the end of May through June. Photo: Supplied / Beef+Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand has arranged a series of talks around the country so farmers can provide feedback on any concerns raised at the group's recent annual meeting.

Nine remits were tabled at the March meeting, two were in relation to He Waka Eke Noa - the industry partnership working with government to shape how farmers will pay for their on-farm emissions.

Nearly 49 percent of those who voted, voted in favour of leaving the partnership, 44 percent were against leaving, while nearly 7 percent abstained.

But only about 22 percent of Beef + Lamb's farmers engaged in the remit process.

Group chair Kate Acland said the organisation wanted to listen to what farmers were saying so it had arranged a roadshow that would run the length of the country from the end of May through June.

"The remits received and the mood at the annual meeting show there are some farmers who are unhappy out there and we need to listen to their concerns and respond appropriately.

"There is concern among farmers about the cumulative impact of layers of legislation and the relentless scale and pace of proposed regulatory change."

"The board has already said it agrees with many of the remits or is already doing work towards what has been proposed but there are clearly areas where we need to do more," Acland said.

"Farmers have raised some legitimate concerns - we are listening and acknowledge there's always more B+LNZ could do to improve."

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