13 March 2013
Sheep and beef farmers support PGP collaboration programme
New Zealand sheep and beef farmers have agreed to co-fund the ‘Collaboration for Sustainable Growth Red Meat Primary
Growth Partnership’, following a farmer vote held at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Annual Meeting in Wanaka last
Electionz.com, which managed the vote on behalf of B+LNZ, has advised that the resolution was passed with 77% support
from 2746 participating votes. The weighted voting percentage represents 21.3% of the potential total weighted vote
based on sheep (31.2m head), beef (3.74 m head), and dairy (6.46 m head) livestock numbers at 30 June 2012.
B+LNZ Chairman, Mike Petersen said that following the funding commitment from the Government and industry partners, the
positive farmer vote paves the way for the programme to proceed.
At a New Zealand Meat Board meeting in Wellington today, B+LNZ was given approval to commit existing reserve funds
towards the programme.
“This is a strong endorsement for the programme which has the ability to take the sheep and beef sector to the next
“It’s particularly pleasing that farmers have supported this unprecedented red meat sector collaboration with six meat
companies, two banks and a professional services firm – with the potential to transform the sector.
“The next step is the development of the contract between the Crown and the partner group and we hope that we can get on
with delivering the programme activities in the second half of this year.”
The Government has agreed to commit $32 million, industry partners $13 million and the farmer share of the $65 million
project is $2.8 million a year or $19.7 million over seven years. More information on the programme can be found at www.beeflambnz.com/pgp