Oh you know how I love my wild and wacky, intriguing and interesting fleshy succulents!It made my little ole horticultural heart melancholy to leave most of them behind when I moved from the coast of California to the Arizona desert.It makes economic sense to consolidate this volume at our nearby Pareora site which has the capacity to process the combined numbers.“Pareora is a large multi-species plant, an hour down the road in Timaru.Consolidating at one plant will provide a longer season with higher staff retention rates.If the stress is reapplied, the soil will consolidate again along a recompression curve, defined by the recompression index.The soil which had its load removed is considered to be overconsolidated.We have recently invested m at Pareora to add to its capability.”Hamilton added that support will be offered to the 370 people at Fairton affected by the proposed closure.“We understand this will have a significant impact on our people at Fairton as they work through the consultation process and weigh their options,” he said.
For example, an employer with a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will have certain obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to bargain with the union over the impact of the consolidation.
While our beef processing volumes have risen significantly over this period, the lamb numbers available have steadily decreased.”According to Hamilton, Fairton was consistently processing over one million lambs prior to 2010 but this has dropped in recent years. This year that has continued to decline and we processed just over 325,000 in a six-month seasonal operation.”‘Significant impact’ on jobs The business plans to shift work to its Pareora site which has seen significant investment.
“We expect sheep numbers to consolidate around current levels rather than expand in the foreseeable future.
Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton said the proposed closure is due to a “significant decline in processing numbers over the last 10 years”.“There has been significant land-use change in Canterbury and Marlborough over the last decade and there are fewer sheep farms in these regions as they have made way for other uses such as dairy and wine,” he explained.
“Higher returns from land-use conversion, and periods of drought in these regions have contributed to this decline in sheep numbers.