VFF urges livestock producers to make votes count

THE VFF is urging all Victorian livestock producers to make use of their votes in the upcoming Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Annual General Meetings (AGM).

Chris Nixon, VFF Livestock Group President, said farmers who pay levies to the research and development corporations should make their votes count.

“If you pay levies to MLA and AWI you are entitled to a vote at the respective AGMs. I urge you to make your voice heard,” Mr Nixon said.

Mr Nixon also encouraged producers to vote to keep Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) operating beyond 2012.

“Using your vote is particularly important for the MLA AGM, where there is a resolution to close the company down by the end of 2012. The VFF strongly opposes this and is calling on all MLA members to vote against this resolution.

“MLA belongs to all red meat producers and a strong show of support is needed to ensure that their good work in areas such as market development and on-farm research and development can continue,” Mr Nixon said.

Any members that cannot attend the AGMs are asked to direct their proxies towards the Chairman of the respective research and development corporation.

The AWI AGM will be held on Friday, 18 November, 2011 at The Grace Hotel, Wilarra-marra Room, 77 York St, Sydney.

The MLA AGM will be held on Thursday, 17 November, 2011 at the Longreach Civic and Cultural Centre, Longreach, QLD.

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