Red meat

Sheep numbers decline at a slower annual pace as farmers rebuild flocks

[15 August/National Business Review] Sheep numbers continued to decline in the last year but at a slower pace according to data from Beef+Lamb New Zealand. The decline of 0.9% to 27.6 million sheep compares to a 5.3% drop the previous year and reflects that many farmers across the country have been rebuilding flocks following droughts,...

$4.5m loyalty payment to farmers

[8 August/ Rural News Group] Alliance Group has distributed $4.5 million to its farmer-shareholders as part of an initiative to reward loyalty. The cooperative’s platinum and gold farmer shareholders are paid a loyalty payment for each stock species they supply to Alliance. The cooperative has distributed over $13.8 million including GST in loyalty payments to...

Wallace Group takes on Nichols to strengthen casualty cow collection in south

[11 August/ Stuff] Wallace Group has purchased Christchurch tannery Nichols (NZ) Limited to expand its South Island activities. Wallace Group Executive Officer, Graham Shortland said Nichols (NZ) represented an important strategic investment as an agri-recycler. Nichols (NZ) has developed a South Island casualty calf and slink lamb collector network, along with specialist tanning facilities since...

Japan has a beef with imports

[7 August/ Farmers Weekly] Japan virtually overnight increased tariffs on frozen beef imports from New Zealand from 38.5 percent to 50 percent effective for eight months from August 1. Japan’s move was in attempt to divert imports away to protect its beef farmers, particularly after the US had increased the volumes of middle cuts and...

Blooding new markets

[3 August/ Rural News Group] Meat Industry Association Chief Executive Tim Ritchie said the ability to send blood products and serum to China is important as the business model is about taking everything of value from an animal to monetise it. Mr Ritchie said this model cares for the farmer while also makes a profit....

Timaru business selling product globally to luxury high-end buyers

[4 August/ Stuff] New Zealand Light Leathers supplies deer leather high-end luxury brands like Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, as well as to New Zealand brand Deadly Ponies. Light Leathers also produces bespoke garments for famous actors and musicians. The leather company attributes its success to edgy innovation quality and building relationships. Light Leathers exclusively...

Chefs show support for sustainable Grandad’s Beef

[6 August/ Stuff] Euro, Jervois Steak House and The Crab Shack are among 10 Nourish Group restaurants that have committed to preventing climate change with a sustainable beef supplier, Grandad’s Beef farm. Grandad’s Beef farm in the Waikato only kills one of their 200 cows if all 14 of its edible parts are ordered Nourish...

ANZCO Foods signs deal with PCNZ to tackle the China market

[8 August/ Media Release] Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Ltd (PCNZ) has signed a deal with Christchurch based ANZCO Foods to support the development of their business in China including the recent launch of chilled beef. PCNZ will be responsible for marketing, promoting, educating and training food service and retail professionals, as well as...

Silver Fern CEO Dean Hamilton steps down

[29 July/NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms has announced their Chief Executive Dean Hamilton is stepping down at the end of 2017, and the company is seeking a replacement. Mr Hamilton held his executive position for three years and helped it through the Shanghai Maling investment and partnership. Mr Hamilton gave no reason for his resignation;...

Meat-sector challenges recognised

[31 July/ Otago Daily Times] The seventh annual Red Meat Sector Conference was hosted by the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd, and recognised challenges facing the industry, but also focused heavily on the industry’s role in the country’s future. At a political party forum, as part of...

Blue Sky Meats posts $1.9m loss, signals review of unprofitable Gore beef plant

[31 July/ National Business Review] Blue Sky Meats posted a $1.91 million loss in the 12 months ended 31 March, compared to a $1.96 million loss a year earlier, and said the future of its unprofitable beef plant in Gore is under review. Revenue decreased 17 percent to $97.9 million and the company will not...

‘Paid to think’ and loving it

[1 August/ Otago Daily Times] Tech Entrepreneur and Business Leader Melissa Clark-Reynolds was named Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s first independent Director. Ms Clark-Reynolds said she had always been at the cutting edge of new ways of doing things and was attracted to the organisation’s broad strategy that was not red meat-centric. Ms Clark-Reynolds was...

Alliance targets food service

[13 July/ Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group is targeting the high end of the food service market for red meat in the United Kingdom as part of a food service pilot programme. The pilot programme is part of the company’s strategy to extract greater market value, and after completing work on food service in the...

Crime groups stealing supermarket meat to sell on black market

[12 July/ Stuff] Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint reported all Silver Fern Farms meat was temporarily removed from shelves at Sylvia Park’s Countdown supermarket after the products were being targeted by thieves. Countdown advised customers that the Silver Fern meat would only be available on request. The products returned to the supermarket shelves shortly after, and...

Silver Fern returns are better this year

[10 July/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said the company’s trading performance was materially better than at the same time a year ago. SFF reported an operating loss of $7.5 million in the year to the end of September 2016 due to sharp falls in in-market prices for both sheep...

Lamb exports fall after Chinese buyers stockpile supplies

 [10 July/ NZ Herald] Chinese stockpiling in early 2017 meant strong volumes of New Zealand lamb exported through April did not flow into May. Total shipments for the month dropped 11 percent to 30,683 tonnes compared to the comparative 2016 month but only 2 percent lower than the five-year average. Frozen and chilled lamb total...

Alternative proteins a risk to New Zealand meat sector

 [6 July/ Global Meat News] Beef + Lamb New Zealand has warned that alternative proteins may be a risk for the meat sector. A levy board is engaging in a project to help beef and sheep farmers identify threats and opportunities, and create ways to respond to them through better understanding technologies, business models and...

Lower beef supply keeps prices firm

[4 July/ Otago Daily Times] Rabobank’s beef quarterly report said decreased beef supply from Australia and New Zealand should hold United States import prices firm over the coming months, however, downward pressure on prices could be expected in the second half of the year as US domestic production increased. Strong global demand and tightening domestic...

Military cameras help red meat

 [4 July/ Rural News Group] Cameras used by the military are helping the New Zealand red meat sector produce premium lamb products. AgResearch Chief Executive Tom Richardson said the technology has the potential to help farmers double their income. The camera looks through the surface structure of the meat, enabling scientists to study its molecular...

First consignment of chilled meat for China flies out from Auckland

 [30 June/ Stuff] The first export consignments of chilled meat to China airfreighted this week. The consignment is part of a trial between New Zealand and China to assess market acceptance of chilled meat for six months before large-scale exports. Before this agreement, frozen meat only has been sent to China, which has built up...

Blue Sky board reviewing options

[30 June/ NZ Herald] Whether Blue Sky Meats’ Gore plant will reopen this year is dependent on whether the beef processing plant can make a significant profit. The processing plant paused late last year because of low financial margins, and Blue Sky Meats Chief Executive Todd Grave said whether the plant would reopen any time...

Merger creates national outfit

[26 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A merger has been announced between part of the Wallace Corporation and Farm Brands to create a national co-products business.  The new business, Wallace Group, will offer national rendering services, extend the reach of casualty cow pick up into the South Island and enable greater investment into science and innovation. ...

Tinkering not enough for meat, wool

[22 June/Otago Daily Times] Federated Farmers meat and fibre Chairman Rick Powdrell said tinkering at the edges of change in the meat and wool sectors is not enough, and it was time for big sky forward thinking on the cost, marketing and competition challenges. Meat producers cannot ignore the oncoming threat of synthetic meat, and...

NZ cattle blood given green light for China market

 [22 June/ Radio NZ] Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China approved formal access for New Zealand bovine blood products such as bovine protein and serum into the Chinese market. Mr Guy said this opens up many opportunities for NZ producers...