Red meat

Need for study of winter grazing

(15 July/Rural Life) The New Zealand Veterinary Association has said that there is no place for winter grazing that compromises animal health and welfare in modern farming. Chief veterinary officer Dr Helen Beattie says that where practices are not protecting animal welfare, solutions need to be found. Poorly-manged winter grazing could lead to animals being...

Farm input inflation twice CPI

(15 July/Rural Life) A recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service’s sheep and beef farm inflation reported showed that input prices on sheep and beef farms rose twice as fast as consumer price inflation in the last year to 3.5%. The most significant price increases were shearing expenses which were up 11.2% and fertiliser,...

Sharper Blue Sky boosts earnings

(9 July/Farmers Weekly) Blue Sky Meat’s has just reported that its revenue for the year ended 31 March was up 34% to $140 million and pre-tax profit was up 36% to $5 million. This result is the company’s best in the past eight years. The group benefited this year from the improved efficiencies which has...

Lamb contract rewards loyalty

(5 July/Farmers Weekly) A $9/kg fixed-price lamb contract for August is a reward for customer loyalty, AFFCO national livestock manager Tom Young says. The contract has not been offered to every farmer, only those who have shown AFFCO consistent support and is only available for lamb packed at North island plants during August. Young commented...

Hewett next Farmlands chairman

[1 July/Rural Life] Rob Hewett will take over as chairman of Farmlands following the co-operative’s annual meeting in November. Incumbent chairman Lachie Johnstone confirmed last week he was not seeking re-election in this year’s director’s election. In a statement, Mr Johnstone said his nearly two decades in governance with the rural supplies and services co-operative...

Demand drives need for finishers

[21 June/Farmers Weekly] A 30 percent increase in demand for First Light Wagyu beef has led the Hawke’s Bay company to look for more farmers to finish its cattle. It will have 25,000 Wagyu-cross weaners available for farmers to buy this spring, an increase of 5000, and is looking for 20 to 30 extra farmers...

Brazil beef trip an eye-opener for Southland stock manager

[19 June/The Country] Jess Cairns, a Southland Stock Manager is excited about future prospects for New Zealand Beef having just spent six days in Brazil at the International Beef Alliance (IBA). The IBA trip was sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, as part of its Future Leader programme. Miss Cairns travelled with Carl Carmichael,...

Silver Fern chairman at home on the farm

[17 June/Rural Life] For Silver Fern Farms Co-operative’s new chairman Richard Young, getting out on his West Otago farm he reported is “like a release” and hands-on farm work was something he never wanted to lose, despite his increasing governance commitments. Mr Young took over as chairman in May. His predecessor Rob Hewett continued as...

China’s appetite for NZ red meat grows

[12 June/The Country] Meat Industry Association analysis of Stats NZ figures shows China accounted for 36 per cent of total red meat exports in April, and sales in China that month jumped 62 per cent by value from the previous April. The figures show a slight drop from the 70 per cent year-on-year growth in...

Dairy-beef product could help solve the bobby calf problem, Massey researchers say

[12 June/Stuff NZ] Dairy-beef product ‘New Generation Beef’ could help solve the industry’s bobby calf problem, Massey University researchers report. The potential new product is made by rearing calves which would otherwise have been sent to slaughter at four days old for up to a year. Project leader Nicola Schreurs, from Massey’s School of Agriculture...

Women ready to meat challenge

[05 June/Farmers Weekly] Ashley Gray, General Manager for Beef + Lamb NZ is passionate about getting women in the meat sector. Last month Mrs Gray was instrumental in launching the professional networking initiative, Meat Business Women (MBW) and is excited about the positive challenges it will have for women seeking meat industry careers. MBW wants...

Taking the story to the chefs

[29 May/Otago Daily Times] Dunedin chef Michael Coughlin has embarked on his latest project, Provenance Meat. Mr Coughlin is a platinum Beef +Lamb Ambassador and also a consultant for Silver Fern Farms. Provenance Meat, founded by David Crutchley and his family prides itself on making farming more sustainable through restoring biological processes to soil. Recently...

NZ beef exporters recover lost market share in Japan as CPTPP kicks in

[28 May/The Country] Beef and sheepmeat exporter ANZCO reports sales in the Japanese frozen beef trade are recovering, as a result of tariff reductions for New Zealand produce under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership that allows local producers to compete again against Australian exporters. Since Australia signed a free trade agreement with Japan in...

Californian campaign tracking well

[17 May/Farmers Weekly] The Taste Pure Nature branding rolled out in California earlier this year by Beef + Lamb NZ appears to be performing well. The campaign is part of a 12 month advertising campaign and has a $3.5 million budget. An online video promoting New Zealand’s naturally raised grass-fed beef and lamb was watched...

Lamb prices too high

[17 May/Farmers Weekly] Winter lamb contracts are sitting close to $8 a kilogram which is boosting confidence for a repeat of last winter’s buoyant prices. Winter contracts are at $7.90/kg and spring contracts between $7.40 and $7.60/kg are surfacing in the South Island but the larger processors are yet to come to the table in...

Brit chefs tell good lamb tales

[13 May/Farmers Weekly] Kiwi lamb is once again featuring on British restaurant menus, earning its place because of its provenance and quality. Six chefs from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore and four from New Zealand have spent the last week touring South Island farms as guests of Alliance. The week-long Pure Discovery Series...

We must become the world’s deli

[10 May/Farmers Weekly] Gabrielle Thompson, a Sheep and Arable Farmer has become the first appointed Farmer Director of Silver Fern Farms in a plan to ensure succession and development of skills around the board. Mrs Thompson works full time on the family farm which has been supplying SFF for three generations. She helps with both...

Feed grain not among good options

[08 May/Farmers Weekly] Arable farmers are opting out of autumn feed grain plantings after good returns for store lambs and strong signals from the milling industry. Indicated plantings of autumn-winter feed wheat, barley and oats are back 9200 hectares on 2018 figures whilst milling wheat planting is up 1000ha. There has been a drive towards...

Softer deer prices still firm

[03 May/Farmers Weekly] Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) reports that markets are still travelling well despite venison prices softening from their peak in October 2018. The average venison schedule price for a 60kg AP stag now sits at $9.01/kg down by $2.50 from its peak of $11.47/kg in early October last year which rose so...

SFF targets $30m a year profit

[18 April/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms has set new targets for itself for the next five years after reporting to underperform last year. By 2023, Silver fern Farms wants to achieve earnings of $150 million according to Chief Executive Simon Limmer. The strategy includes 10% return on equity, which historically has been difficult for meat...

Taste Pure gets bite at Big Apple

[17 April/Farmers Weekly] Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Taste Pure Nature campaign recently featured on a big-screen advertisement in the middle of Times Square, New York. The campaign ran for free as part of their conscious foodie promotion. Market development manager Nick Beeby stated that even though New York is not their target area, it...

Lamb prices hold firm

[16 April/Rural News] Susan Kilsby, ANZ’s Agricultural Economist has reported that lamb prices have held up at stronger levels than those expected. The going rate is about $7/kg in the North Island and $6.60/kg in the South Island. Strong international markets have allowed the processors to keep prices strong especially due to the steady number...

Demand for NZ beef increases as swine fever hits Chinese pork production

[15 April/Stuff NZ] New Zealand’s largest export market for beef is now China, who have overtaken the United States. This is reported to be due to African swine fever (ASF) effecting the Chinese domestic pork production. More than 70 outbreaks of the virus have been confirmed in China with more than 600,000 pigs that have...

Price gap hurts Silver Fern Farms

[1 April/Farmers Weekly] Strong farmgate prices for sheep meats cut into Silver Fern Farms earnings in the latest year. Rob Hewett, Co-Chairman reported operational efficiency was down and trading in December alone was the worst result for that month in the past ten years. The Silver Fern group is now two distinct entities, the Silver...