[15 May/The Country]

New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, has stepped down before the end of his tenure and said the direction some in the industry wanted to take was not one he felt comfortable steering. He added the job was initially very satisfying but the world had changed dramatically and the need to understand commercial drivers was becoming very challenging in an industry-good body. With the primary industries under commercial pressure, it was returning to the aggressive defensive mode which was not Mr Carter’s style. When he was first elected, he spoke of a desire to see the pork industry being better promoted to all New Zealanders. He noted that the primary industries should be putting more energy into the next generation. Seeing the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak reinforced his frustration that pig farmers did not recognise what they had in New Zealand and risk that importation of pork presents.