Farmers meeting over future

Last updated 14:32 18/03/2013
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Hundreds of farmers have turned up for the 'Gathering in Gore' today.

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Hundreds of red meat farmers have turned up to a meeting in Gore this afternoon to discuss the future of the sheep, beef and venison industries.

Close to a 1000 farmers have turned up at the meeting at the Gore Town and Country Club that started at 1pm.

Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English said it was important farmers began having more of a say in how the meat industry was being run.

There were three areas farmers should be concerned about, he said.

The volatility of the market needed to be tackled, procurement practices needed changing and farmers had to become more efficient in their operations, he said.

Speakers at the meeting include Hamish Gow, professor of agribusiness at Massey University's College of Business, Landcorp chief executive Chris Kelly and ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie.

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