26 Aug 2009

Low voter turn-out for funding referendum

5:28 am on 26 August 2009

Meat & Wool New Zealand says there's low voter response so far to a referendum that will decide whether the organisation is funded for another five years.

Farmers are voting on whether to allow Meat & Wool to continue to take levies from their wool, as well as sheep and goat meat, and beef.

The organisation gets the bulk of its funding from the levies.

But Meat & Wool chair Mike Petersen says only about 6000 of the 20,000 eligible farmers have bothered to vote so far.

The poll closes at 2pm on Friday.