Poultry

Looming egg shortage sends locals scrambling

(12 July/The Country) The public have been warned of an egg shortage as the number of farmers choosing to leave the egg industry due to government policy and supermarkets stating that they will not be stocking cage eggs by 2027. The news, which was announced in an email by Gilmours last week, has left many...

You’d be mad not to stamp your eggs, says New Zealand farmer

[June 26/Stuff] Finding out if your eggs are free range, organic or factory farmed is now easier than ever, with a new system that stamps each egg with a farm code. The Egg Producers Association new source assurance programme allows consumers to check exactly which farm eggs come from and how they were produced. Eggs...

Big jump in chicken eating prompts new food safety testing probe

[25 June/The Country] Chicken consumption of New Zealander’s has increased by at least 20 percent in the past four years according to the Poultry Industry Association. This is causing NZ Food Safety to review its campylobacter scientific testing limits for chickens. Poultry is recognised as the main source of campylobacter transmission to humans. NZFS placed...

Consent granted for huge Brink’s Chicken meat farm to be constructed in Waikato

[28 May/Stuff NZ] The Waikato Regional and District councils have given the go ahead to Matthew van Den Brink (Director of Brink’s Poultry) for the construction of a new free range broiler chicken farm at Maramarua in north eastern Waikato. Mr Den Brink has been granted the necessary resource consents to build 10 poultry sheds...

Egg farmers weigh up options over hen housing systems

[12 May/Stuff NZ] The Government’s decision to ban small cages for poultry by 2022, has left many companies trying to figure out a way to relieve some of the egg shortage and create a new system for their businesses such as through barns or aviary’s. Mainland Poultry, the biggest egg producer in the country, purchased...

Safe releases footage of deformed, dying chickens on free-range farm

[01 May/Stuff NZ] Safe has released footage of deformed and dying chickens on a free-range farm, displaying how consumers are being conned to pay a premium for birds who are suffering. Safe has reported footage supplied by Farmwatch was filmed between November and February last year. In response to the accusations the Ministry for Primary...

Big drop in pig numbers forecast

[22 April/ Rural Life] China’s African swine fever (ASF)-affected pig herd is forecast to shrink to its lowest level in nearly 30 years. ASF has been found throughout much of China’s pork country. Pork is China’s most consumed protein, meaning they will need to import approximately two million metric tonnes to compensate for loss of...

Nationwide egg shortage could hit shell-shocked Kiwis in the back pocket

[14 April/Stuff NZ] A nationwide egg shortage has left free range egg suppliers scrambling to keep up with soaring demand as some supermarket stores’ shelves are left bare, which could result in an increase in prices. Countdown’s head of perishables for deli and bakery Nikhil Sawant stated there had been a surge in demand for...

New $18m Waikato chicken farm gets council backing

[11 December/Stuff] The construction of a new 26.7 hectare, 242,000-bird free-range chicken farm has received Council approval to be constructed on Maiseys Road in Waharoa. The new development will be undertaken by by Two Lands Limited (formally Matamata Poultry) with the farm including land value, costing $16-$18 million. Director, Matthew Sutherland, noted the expansion was...

Proposed Waikato chicken farm faces joint council hearing

[15 October/Stuff] A chicken farm has been proposed on the outskirts of Waikato town. It would house 242,000 birds. Matamata Poultry Limited required consent from two councils to go ahead. The operation would also require an aid discharge consent. A joint hearing between the councils would occur on 24 October. Waikato Regional Council recommended the...

Tegel’s plans for mega farm scuppered by OIO decision

[1 October/Stuff] Tegel’s plans to build a farm in Northland were denied by the Overseas Investment Office. It planned to build 200 sheds on a 200 hectare block near Dargaville. Tegel Spokesman, Liam Baldwin, said it was disappointed at the outcome. He added it would have created 34 jobs and been a significant step for...

Farmer sold millions of caged eggs as ‘free-range’, Commerce Commissions alleges

[30 August/The Country] West Auckland egg farm owner, Xue (Frank) Chen, is facing eight charges for allegedly selling millions of caged eggs as free range. He owned Gold Chick Poultry Farm which faced four charges of obtaining by deception and four of making misleading representations. The Commerce Commissions said that while he produced some free-range...

Chicken prices shrink as industry grows

[3 August/Stuff] Chicken prices are decreasing with the expansion of the poultry industry. According to Statistics New Zealand, prices fell 8.5 percent in the last 12 months. A Woolworths NZ Spokeswoman said there were a number of factors that influenced food prices. She added simple demand and supply was one factor driving the trend in...

Northland councils recommend chook farm application to be declined

[27 July/NZ Herald] Two authorities in Northland wanted independent commissioners to decline resource consent applications for Tegel’s proposed broiler chicken farm. Tegel had applied for consents for various activities associated with construction and ongoing operation of the poultry farm. A hearing on the consents, however, has been suspended until further notice. Tegel said it needed...

Underground bores consented before controversial Tegel chicken farm approval

[2 July/NZ Herald] Tegel has been permitted to install eight groundwater bores on or near the site of a proposed broiler chicken farm in Northland that is awaiting resource consent. The bores are intended to supply water to the farm. The resource consent was processed separately. The Northland Regional Council said the adverse effects of...

Bounty Fresh launches Tegel takeover with minimum target already achieved

[29 May/NZ Herald] Bounty Fresh Foods has sent the offer document for its takeover bid for Tegel to the company. It is offering $1.23 per share. The offer is conditional on Bounty holding at least 50 percent of Tegel’s voting rights and Overseas Investment Office approval. Claris Investments had agreed to accept the offer meaning...

Northland councils request more details from Tegel on massive chook farm

[21 May/The Country] More information has been requested from Tegel about its proposed broiler chicken farm in Northland. The request included information on evidence of job creation and the assessment of odour. Tegel wants to set up a chicken broiler farm at Arapohue which is just outside Dargaville. Only 17 out of nearly 5,000 submissions...

Philippine company mounts $438m Tegel takeover bid

[26 April/Stuff] A Philippine based company has said Tegel has real potential to expand internationally in making a $438 million takeover bid for the company. Tegel’s largest shareholder had agreed to sell its 45 percent stake to Bounty Fresh Group at $1.23 per share. Bounty Fresh Food President, Tennyson Chen, said they planned to acquire...

Warning labels for fresh chicken needed, as people not preparing it properly

[17 April/NZ Herald] New Zealanders wanted brightly coloured warning labels on fresh chicken to warn them of the risks of the country’s largest food safety issue according to new research. A study by the University of Otago found only 15 percent of consumers were aware that most fresh chicken meat was contaminated with campylobacter. University...

Only 17 of 5000 submissions support Tegel chicken farm in Northland

[23 March/The Country] Out of the 5000 submissions made regarding a proposed broiler chicken farm just outside Dargaville, only seventeen were in support of it. Tegel wishes to set up a chicken farm at Arapohue with capacity to stock up to 1.3 million chickens and employ 28 people. Hearings will now be held before Council...

Tegel posts yet another shocker of a profit downgrade

[8 March/National Business Review] Tegel Group Holdings’ have downgraded their expected full-year results and unexpected costs have been incurred. It announced its annual results, even before one-off costs of between $8-$10 million, will be lower than last year after previously expecting to improve on last year’s results. Net profit is expected to be around $25-$27...

Extension to Dargaville chicken farm submission deadline rejected by councils

[6 March/The Country] A Kaipara resident believes people should support a large chicken farm near Dargaville as it would provide much needed jobs and income. A written request to block the proposal has been sent to the Northland Regional Council on behalf of those opposed to Tegel Food’s plan for a chicken farm with more...

FreshChoice, SuperValue to ditch sale of cage eggs by 2025

[22 February/Stuff] Two supermarket chains owned by Progressive Enterprises, FreshChoice and SuperValue, said they will phase out caged eggs. This means that all major New Zealand supermarkets are now committed to stop selling caged eggs over the next nine years. They plan to implement this ban by 2025. Progressive Enterprise Corporate Affairs General Manager, Kiri...

Public meeting to protest ‘huge and smelly’ Tegel chicken farm proposed near Dargaville

[13 February/ Northern Advocate] Residents around the site proposed by Tegel for a new 1.3 million bird broiler farm have organised a public meeting to discuss concerns about the farm that they describe as huge and smelly.  Tegel has lodged resource constraints for the farm which will be located south east of Dargaville but local...