Three Meat Industry excellence group candidates have won election on to the Alliance Group and Silver Fern Farms’ boards.
MEAT INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE (MIE) endorsed candidates Dan Jex-Blake of Gisborne and Richard Young of Gore have been elected to the board of SFF.
The results of the election which closed on Friday (December 13) were: Richard Young, 36,155,094;
Dan Jex-Blake, 25,511,166, David Shaw, 19,435,482.
This follows Alliance shareholders also voting for a change last week with Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group-backed candidate Don Morrison, Gore, elected by a narrow margin.
The Silver Fern voter turnout was 26.76% of eligible voters, up from 16.70% in the previous election in 2010. . .
Voter turnout was also higher in the Alliance election.
Approximately forty-nine percent (48.83%) of eligible votes were exercised in the directors’ election.
Alliance Group Chairman Murray Taggart said that the forty-nine per cent turnout for the directors’ election was significantly improved over recent years and reflected the interest in the issue. . . .
In 2012 the turnout for the directors election was 25% compared with 42% in 2011 and 30% in 2010. . .
There is discontent in the industry and a mood for change but there are no easy answers.
Jason Miller, who lost his seat on the Alliance board to Morrison, was elected by the Meat Industry Action Group with a mandate for change in 2007.
Little has changed since then.