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Landcorp's Muscle Disadvantages Other Farmers

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4 June 2008 - Farmer shareholders of the two meat cooperatives, PPCS and Alliance, need to ask questions of their directors about the equity of access to processing space, says National's Agriculture spokesman, David Carter.

Mr Carter has obtained, under the Official Information Act, records which show that Landcorp has been able to consistently get cull ewes processed over the past season while most other shareholders have had to wait for months.

"At the height of the drought in March, as farmers watched their cull ewes lose weight by the day, Landcorp managed to have over 14,000 ewes processed.

"This seems grossly unfair if PPCS and Alliance claim that they operate under a true cooperative ethos. You don't see Fonterra giving big dairy farmers a higher payout than smaller farmers.

"This favourable treatment was happening as I was receiving calls from desperate farmers through February, March and April, who had their cull ewes booked for processing for months.

"Farmer shareholders need to be asking what sort of preferential treatment Landcorp should receive, particularly during severe drought conditions."

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