4 Sep 2009

Meat agency begins restructuring

12:37 pm on 4 September 2009

Meat & Wool New Zealand has begun the task of restructuring itself after farmers voted not to renew its wool and goat meat levies.

From April next year, the organisation will have to survive on levies raised just from sheepmeat and beef production.

That will require a name change among other things.

Chairman Mike Petersen says adjusting to the loss of the wool and goat meat income, won't be simple.

Mr Petersen says he finds it ironic that some people who campaigned against a wool levy, are now calling for a levy to continue supporting industry-good functions such as farm research, training and helping to fund the Meat & Wool Economic Service.