[11 December/ Farmers Weekly]

Meat processing plants have become very busy in the last two weeks as farmers reacted to dry conditions by unloading stock. Anzco Foods General Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Grant Bunting said plants were working overtime and on Saturdays, while livestock backlogs were starting to build. Mr Bunting added that two weeks ago he would have said the season was slow, but it was now back to normal. Alliance Livestock and Shareholder Services General Manager, Heather Stacy said poor spring conditions and the quite sudden drying out could mean some lambs were being killed lighter than farmers and processors would have liked.