The meat industry needs to ditch the secrecy
4th Nov 08, 12:11pm
Most will have read the SFF BackBone options and there's lots to think about. Mostly the thinking is about pricing on the contracts and if management systems can be put in place to actually turn them into profit. I have to say it's great to see contracts offering annual programmes, which push the supply boundaries and weights of lambs. Farmers should look at these options because they are a commitment to the long-term future of the industry. This is how the industry needs to be operating.The Southland Times reports that the only bit missing in the colourful brochure was the most important bit - the price. The response. "Sorry can't tell you, you are not a supplier and even if you were a supplier the information would be for you alone." We need a structure that will allow development of sheep farming systems in a co-operative and rationally planned NZ wide context. We don't need secretiveness and suspicion and hidden agendas.