Silver Fern Farms has announced it may make up to 17 Waikato salaried staff redundant in a move to consolidate its operations at Waitoa and Te Aroha.
Work at the Waitoa beef and bobby plant is to wind down in the coming season, with beef processing moving to the new $67-million facility in Te Aroha.
Waitoa workers will process only bobby calf over the season.
The company was trying to optimise the cooperative's Te Aroha operation, which is only 10 kilometres away from the Waitoa site, chief operating officer Kevin Winders said.
''Now the commissioning of Te Aroha is complete we are moving into a phase where we will lift performance and processing capacity to make the best use of its state of the art facilities,'' Mr Winders said.
''[It] is operationally sensible to have one management team covering both plants as it removes the duplication and overhead,'' he said.
Seasonal staff who worked at Waitoa will receive preference/first option on vacant seasonal positions at Silver Fern Farms' Te Aroha and Pacific plants.
A support services organisation has been engaged to provide workplace support during the consultation
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