Red meat

North Island farmers lose 100,000 lambs after spring storm

[17 September/Stuff] An estimated 100,000 lambs were lost in the North Island over the past few weeks due to a recent storm. The economic impact of the losses is estimated at up to $14.4 million. Federated Farmers High Country Chairman, Simon Williamson, said lambing would not begin in areas where recent snow had fallen until...

NZ lamb on the menu for high flyers out of India

[13 September/Stuff] New Zealand lamb is on the menu for premium travellers flying out of India. Alliance Group are supplying lamb to passengers flying on a range of airlines after QualityNZ signed an agreement with Indian airline catering companies. QualityNZ Chief Executive, Geoff Allot, said the contracts highlighted the growing demand for New Zealand lamb...

Virgin Australia versus Air New Zealand – latest round of the food fight

[7 September/The Country] Virgin Australia announced its final three shortlisted beef suppliers who are in the running to supply their produce to meals on flights from New Zealand to Australia. This was in an effort to compete with Air New Zealand when they become direct competitors in late October. The shortlisted farms were Beaumont Station,...

Developments in US could affect NZ beef

[5 September/Rural Life] An industry report said developments in the U.S. market could impact New Zealand beef producers in the second half of the year. Rabobank Animal Proteins Analyst, Blake Holgate, said factors including building protein levels and trade policy were creating uncertainty and market volatility. The U.S is a key market for beef exports....

Alliance clarifies position on recruiting overseas workers

[5 September/Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group wished to set the record straight on its application to recruit 100 temporary workers from overseas. It said there had been inaccurate information about the company not employing local people, and suggesting its employment criteria were too strict. The company noted there was a documented shortage of skilled and...

All eyes on the US market for NZ beef producers

[3 September/Rabobank] According to an industry report, while global beef priced held up well in the first half of the year, a range of changes in the U.S. market had the potential to affect global beef trade and impact New Zealand producers. In a report, Rabobank said activities in the U.S. were the focus of...

Farmers to raise another $4m to support meat export sales

[23 August/Stuff] Sheep and beef farmers will spend an additional $4.1 million per year to market their products to overseas consumers. This is a move to support Beef + Lamb NZ’s Taste Pure Nature origin brand and its Red Meat Story. New Zealand exporters will be able to attach the branding to their packaging and...

Five Star Beef notified of 44 suspected cases of Mycoplasma bovis on feedlot

[23 August/Stuff] New Zealand’s largest beef farming operation, Five Star Beef, has been served a notice that 44 of its 16,000 cattle could have Mycoplasma bovis. The feedlot currently houses around 16,000 cattle but has resource consent for up to 19,000 cattle. They live in pens for two to eight months before being sent to...

Sheep industry awards dropped for year

[8 August/Rural Life] The decision has been made to drop the annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for a year. The awards had been around since 2012 and celebrated success in the sheep industry. More than 30 awards had been presented to southern farmers over the past five years. Beef + Lamb...

NZ lamb prices break over $8/kg – highest on record

[5 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb prices have reached their highest level ever. General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services at Alliance Group, Heather Stacy, said the co-operative has a minimum price starting in September of $8.20 which was the highest it had ever paid. She expected prices to pull back after the traditional Christmas period....

Meat alternatives: Cheaper production could diversify NZ market

[25 July/Radio NZ] New Zealand farmers could have to adapt to new technologies that enable creation of meat alternatives. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Marketing Innovation Manager, Lee-Ann Marsh, said we may start seeing entirely lab grown products on shelves within three years. Companies were investing large amounts into these products. Ms Marsh added she...

Report damns pastoral red meat

[27 July/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s grass-fed red meat system was damned in a report by Oxford University. It emphasised the need to reduce meat consumption because of health concerns and the impact of its production on the environment. The report suggested Government taxes or health and environment warning labels for meat. It said 4 percent...

Meat industry objects to post-Brexit quota split as ‘inflexible’

[27 July/NBR] Signs of trouble for New Zealand in negotiating post-Brexit free-trade agreements with the UK and EU are emerging with proposals to split meat import quotas. The UK and EU have proposed a fifty-fifty split of the World Trade Organisation approved tariff free quota. The NZ Meat Association said it would effectively lock in...

Record red meat export season continues to reach new highs

[23 July/Stuff] Winter and early spring contract prices for red meat continue to reach new highs. Prices for lamb, mutton and venison are at least $1 per kilogram higher than last year. Alliance Group General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services, Heather Stacy, said market prices remained high compared to the five year average. She added...

Got beef? Virgin Australia’s Kiwi response to Air NZ’s ‘impossible burger’

[23 July/NZ Herald] Virgin Australia has responded to Air New Zealand’s no meat burger and pledged to take the best Kiwi beef and serve it on their own flights. The airline wanted the dish to be served on all flights from New Zealand to Australia. Virgin Australia said it was one of New Zealand meat’s...

Industry to fund meat research

[11 July/Farmers Weekly] Meat companies want to know more about the attributes of New Zealand grass-fed beef. They have invited researchers and others with interest in the area to submit proposals. Meat Industry Association Chief Executive, Tim Ritchie, said the project would establish what was distinctive about New Zealand grass-fed beef and the benefits to...

Decision made on fate of defunct Gore meat plant

[9 July/Rural Life] Blue Sky Meats decided to sell its Gore plant which had been non-operational since 2016. The company announced it was reviewing options for the unprofitable plant last year. The company said the decisions was not made lightly but it felt it was the best course of action to take. Its annual report...

Farmers puzzled by Air NZ’s vege burger

[5 July/Rural News] Farmers were puzzled by Air New Zealand’s decision to promote an overseas produced plant protein burger. Federated farmers said Air New Zealand prides itself on being innovative, and liked to partner with like-minded businesses. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chairperson, Miles Anderson, added that they understood that, however was unsure why our...

Beef + Lamb’s new environmental strategy earns high praise

[7 June/Rural News] Minister for the Environment, David Parker, praised Beef + Lamb NZ’s new environmental strategy. He said it was what the public wanted as they didn’t want things to be getting worse over time. Beef + Lamb NZ unveiled its plan to lift the environmental performance of NZ’s sheep and beef sector. It...

B+LNZ farmers won’t oppose levy increase

[11 June/Farmers Weekly] Farmers will undoubtedly scrutinise how Beef + Lamb NZ Spends its extra $4 million in levies it proposed to raise but are unlikely to vote against the increases according to industry leaders. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Spokesman, Miles Anderson, said the increased levies weren’t big, and wold not be opposed in...

Supply pressure building in major world beef markets

[30 May, Rabobank] There was a positive start to the global beef sector in 2018, however building pressures had the potential to change the export market dynamics. A report by Agribusiness Banking Specialist, Rabobank, said supply pressure was growing in global beef markets due to dry weather conditions in the U.S., a surplus of animal...

Tough year hits ANZCO’s profits

[28 May/Farmers Weekly] A hard year in beef procurement and processing caused a decrease in profits for ANZCO Foods. ANZCO Chief Executive, Peter Conley, said competition for stock and uneven livestock flows increased costs while consumer market prices were steady. ANZCO’s profit fell to $1.8 million. Chief Financial Officer, Paul Loke, said the uneven flow...

US beef market poses threat to New Zealand returns this year – visiting expert

[18 May/Rabobank] It is likely there will be pressure on global beef trade and prices if the forced slaughter of U.S. cattle goes ahead according to Rabobank’s Senior Animal Protein Analyst, Don Close. He said the U.S. was both the dominant export destination for New Zealand beef as well as a competitor with New Zealand...

Sheep and beef farmers aim to be carbon neutral by 2050

[16 May/Stuff] Every sheep and beef farm will have a tailored environment plan by the end of 2021 and the industry is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050 with the new Beef + Lamb NZ strategy. Its priority areas were healthy productive soils, thriving biodiversity, reducing carbon emissions and cleaner water. Farm plans would...