New meat, fibre chair
South Canterbury Federated Farmers has a new meat and fibre chairman, with a former Fairlie branch president taking on the role so the current chairman can focus on his position as a national leader in the organisation.
Greg Anderson is replacing Miles Anderson, who became national meat and fibre chairman in June.
Federated Farmers South Canterbury president Mark Adams said Anderson’s family had a background in civic duty and community involvement, and he believed he would serve the South Canterbury farming community well.
‘‘He’s been brought up to voice his opinions and he is always very comfortable to express his views.’’
Greg Anderson said he was born and bred in Fairlie and has farmed in South Canterbury for more than three decades. He described his new position as a ‘‘point of call’’ for South Canterbury members who were struggling with meat or wool problems.
There were always other important issues such as the environmental situation to grapple with, he said.
‘‘[There’s] a lot of work to do with water quality issues, it’s just endless.’’
He wanted to take on the position as it was a way of putting something back into the industry which had given him a lot, he said. Farmers did not have the time to lobby central and local government, and relied on Federated Farmers to do it for them.
‘‘Federated Farmers is very important now,’’ Anderson said.
‘‘It’s very important that we have it and that we support it.’’
Supporting finer wool producers was also important - strong wool always did well, he said.
Miles Anderson, a Federated Farmers member for 20 years, was elected national meat and fibre chairman in June, after being the national meat and fibre chairman for South Canterbury for five years.
Fairlier farmer Greg Anderson is the region’s new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman