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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
New Meat Industry group Started “MIANG”
MIANG stands for “Meat Industry
Advanced Nothing Group” and it has a massive membership as many of us are
members by default!!!I have been
saying this as a joke for a few months, but unfortunately it is fast becoming
or already is the reality of what is happening.
It’s been over since 6 months
since I last wrote anything, but a phone survey call one evening a week or so
ago incensed me enough to start again.
It was some farming survey and
the second question was along the lines:if you were to get an extra $25 for a lamb would you be prepared to pay
$10 per lamb for the next two years to consolidate the industry?My immediate reply was what a stupid loaded
question: is this survey being carried out on behalf of the Meat Industry
Excellence Group (“MIEG”)?To which I
was finally advised it was.It was an unbelievably
ridiculous question in my eyes, of course if you simply answer the question you
would have to answer yes, $25 more for each lamb, and invest $20 to get
it.However the real question is how is
the extra $25 achieved, where are the arguments and data that backs up the rationale
that consolidation will achieve this and will that extra $25 continue long term
beyond consolidation; or will it as being suggested, by the two coops at least,
with the present market conditions prevailing, what we will get extra in two
years time anyway.This question simply
assumes that the $25 is reality.
It seems to me that MIEG through
such a survey is endeavouring to get statistical data to say x percentage of
farmers are in favour of consolidating the industry, which based on such
questions, if you answer without questioning any of the assumptions behind, should be 100%.The above was not the only loaded question like
this I was asked.
I personally think consolidation
and the merging of the coops is probably required and have argued why
previously, but I know there are many more people out there who are much better
informed than I as to the pro and cons of doing this.But what really continues to bug me is why
can’t everyone be upfront and transparent about it all, treat all of us with
respect and detail the pro and cons, don’t just feed us with generic
unjustified statements “Consolidation will result in greater returns blah blah
blah….” without any detailed argument as to why it will or indeed the details
as to how we go about it.
Again, we are told that we need
to take greater ownership in the process to reap higher returns for our lamb,
but again I personally have not seen any detail as to how and why this
statement will result in us receiving more money for our lamb.These are the questions and statements that
have been made for decades now and again are being asserted now, but what we are
never told is the detail of how we go and about it and why it will achieve this
amazing generic conclusions we are constantly fed.I am not saying that consolidation should not
happen, but treat us with some respect and detail how, why and the costings
associated with it.After all if we are
making a major change on our farm, don’t we all try to get the best information
before making a change that is essentially irreversible?We don’t just take some consultant’s
assertion that is what we should do: now that I think of it, there are people
out there that probably do this, but not me!
The former MIEG members who were
elected to the SFF and Alliance
cooperatives in the last elections: I felt that was always going to be waste of
time. It was déjà vous as that’s exactly what the Meat Industry Action Group
did and what did they achieve? I
understand there is still one member of that group on a board. The problem is no matter how well intentioned
you are, if you in the minority on such a board you are pushing the proverbial
uphill from the get go.
I also believe that given those
new directors were put forward by MIEG and asked to be supported by farmers on
a clear mandate; they have been very conspicuous by their lack of public
comment on the whole situation. The argument for not doing so, namely
commercial sensitivity and confidentiality does not cut the mustard for me; in
my view Directors of both Coops should be keeping us more informed than they do
on these issues, with detail, it’s their duty to shareholders.
We as shareholders want to know
what are the difficulties; its their duty to inform us beyond the generic
statements made (Mr Young recently stated in the Farmers weekly that “the
complexity of the Market surprises MIE founder” but he doesn’t tell us anything
about what these complexities are?) Surely they could tell us why things are more
complex than first thought, or why it doesn’t make sense economically, why it
will take time, why other members of the board are not interested in a
merger?I want things to be transparent,
I want to be informed, and I want to know what the true situation is.If we are all transparent about what we are
trying to achieve, which means detail about why this should happen and how, then
we can be trust what is being said and et everyone on board and actually move
forward as opposed to the same old.
Just a quick comment on the
upcoming vote on the Wool levy, much of the above apply to this issue
also.Same old generic statements and
claims with no detail as to how it’s achieved.The cynic in me looks at the fact that we had a Wool levy for many many
years prior to it being voted out and looked what happened to wool.Now miraculously if it’s reinstated its going
to save the industry?There is
something to be said for the fact that if it’s your money you are playing with
you tend to utilise it much better!