New meat, fi­bre chair

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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.

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Fair­lier farmer Greg An­der­son is the re­gion’s new Fed­er­ated Farm­ers meat and fi­bre chair­man

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