Blue Sky Meats committed to farmers

Blue Sky Meats board of directors. Photo: Supplied

SOUTHERN meat processor Blue Sky Meats continued to demonstrate its commitment to Southland farmers by announcing a two-day bobby calf payment turnaround and offering its help in the management of the Mycobacterium bovis (M bovis) crisis, chief executive Todd Grave said.

This year, Blue Sky Meats has introduced its “2-Day Pay” programme, which allows farmers to be paid within two days of their bobby calves being processed.

Mr Grave said the current climate for beef and dairy farmers was an extremely arduous one and the company wanted to give farmers something to smile about.

“We’re committed to our southern farmers, knowing this is one of the toughest seasons they’ve ever had.

“We hope that the 2-Day Pay programme will relieve some of the pinch for farmers,” he said.

2-Day Pay works by having farmers book in their bobby calves for processing, having them picked up by Blue Sky Meats and then paid within two days of the processing date, instead of having to wait the typical 15 days.

In the midst of the M bovis crisis, Blue Sky Meats has been quick to support the farming industry by giving Assure Quality access to its decommissioned Gore plant.

While Blue Sky Meats owns the site, all processing and related matters had been organised and handled by Assure Quality.

“The long-reaching and long-term effects of M bovis are going to be absolutely devastating and Blue Sky as a Southland company wants to make sure it’s doing its part for the industry to help get on top of the disease,” Mr Grave said.

“The plant was there and wasn’t being used, so it made sense for us to make it available to Assure Quality for the use of disease management.

“It’s important to us that we’re doing what we can to address the M bovis risk and do what we can to support its eradication.”

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