The Meat Industry Excellence Group is seeking unity among farmers and within the industry but can’t get it in its own ranks.
Gerry Eckhoff has resigned from the newly formed Meat Industry Excellence Group, citing concerns about the direction the group was taking. . .
Mr Eckhoff said he had watched, over the years, various groups and individuals attempt a measure of reform of the industry.
Most sought to engage with the processors at an early stage to build some sort of working relationship, but he believed it was ”so important” to ascertain the farmer support base first before any engagement.
He also believed the the dynamics of the power and control within the wider industry needed to change in favour of the producer/supplier before any meaningful dialogue and change could occur.
Mr Eckhoff emphasised he was not trying to ”get at” any individual, nor was it a personal attack but rather a question of style and approach. He hoped the group would be successful. . .
This is a symptom of the difficulties the group faces.
The meat industry is made up of many different individual players with different views and agendas.
That the group seeking unity isn’t united illustrates the difficulty of attempting to unify the industry.