Beef + Lamb NZ expects the total numbers of beef and dairy cattle and sheep to be static for the next five to six years and into the future.
In Western North Island, Scott Gower of Ohura and Andrew Stewart of Marton are standing to replace outgoing director Kirsten Bryant, who is not seeking re-election.
In Central South Island Nicky Hyslop of Timaru and incumbent director Bill Wright of Cave are standing.
“Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s board plays an important role in shaping the direction of the sector and our farmer directors are a vital link between the organisation and sheep and beef farmers across the country,” says B+LNZ’s chairman Andrew Morrison.
“It’s great to see farmers putting up their hands in both districts to contest the elections as it demonstrates the value they see in contributing to help lead the sector.
“With voting documents arriving in mailboxes in the coming days, I encourage farmers to take the time to consider the candidates standing in both districts.”
To be eligible to vote, a livestock farmer must, on 30 June 2018, have owned at least 250 sheep, 50 beef cattle, or 100 dairy cattle.