Red meat

Future Farm may be set up in North

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) plan to establish a Future Farm to trial new technologies and farm systems. These trials are part of B+LNZ’s strategy to support farming excellence and increase farm productivity and profitability. The farm will be a sheep and beef property with around 6,000 stock units...

Beef and sheep industry remains solid with good prices

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] Livestock markets have reached a traditionally slow period, allowing farmers to reflect on the season and the future. The store cattle market is stable with low numbers helping to keep store values high, while the sheep market goes through seasonal slowdown period. Over this period, farmers are attempting to get...

No levy rise for red meat sector

[12 October/Rural News] Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Chairman James Parsons says the board has reviewed budgets and activities for the financial year. They have decided that the sheep meat levy on all sheep slaughtered and the beef levy on all cattle slaughtered would remain $0.60 per head and at $4.40 per head respectively...

Talley’s-owned Affco general manager Andy Leonard’s departs after short tenure

[17 October/ Stuff] Affco General Manager Andy Leonard resigned after only two years in the position. Chief Financial Officer Nigel Stevens has stepped into the role on an interim basis. Mr Leonard did not comment on his reasons for resignation. Affco has been involved in numerous court issues with the Meatworkers Union. The level of...

New Zealand frozen beef exports to Japan slump after tariff hike

[17 October/ New Zealand Herald] AgriHQ have said New Zealand frozen beef exports to Japan have dropped since the Japan lifted tariff rates. From August 1, Japan increased its frozen beef tariff to 50 percent from 38.5 percent under a World Trade Organisation safeguard after high sales of imported beef. AgriHQ said only 729 tonnes...

New Zealand exporters fear EU-UK deal may hurt meat access

[6 October/ Stuff] The European Union and the United Kingdom have completed a preliminary agreement to change the terms of New Zealand’s meat access to the region. Meat Industry Association Chief Executive Tim Ritchie said New Zealand would now have to pay a 50 percent tariff on any extra New Zealand sheep meat Britain decides...

Lamb prices keep farmers smiling

[5 October/ New Zealand Herald] PGG Wrightson Agent and Auctioneer Neil Common said lamb prices were very solid all month. Mr Common added that prices are higher than last year without reaching the $200 tipping point. Most pens made between $125 and $155 all month while lesser types made up to $120. The yardings increased...

Beef exports hitting headwinds

[2 October/ New Zealand Herald] The beef sector is concerned that the strength of the New Zealand dollar and falling United States prices weigh more heavily on exporters. Rabobank Animal Proteins Analyst Blake Holgate said beef prices had dropped over the past quarter, and further downward pressure was expected from increased Japanese tariffs on frozen...

Deer price increase to lift profits for sheep and beef farmers

[4 October/ Stuff] Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s New Season Outlook 2017-18 forecasted farm profits before tax to increase by 6.6 percent to an average of $90,200 per farmer as red meat prices rose. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Economist, Andrew Burtt said strong improvements were expected in revenue from deer and velvet as...

SFF moves to secure quality stock supply

[25 September/ Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms Ltd (SFF) is launching a new shareholder benefits programme to ensure quality livestock in a competitive market. SFF Chairman, Rob Hewett, said the programme oversaw how the co-operative planned to distribute future dividends to shareholders, and additional benefits to shareholders who also supplied SFF. Mr Hewett added...

Upcoming beef, lamb, venison season keeps eye on world markets – Silver Fern

 [22 September/ New Zealand Herald] Silver Fern Farms (SFF) said beef, lamb and venison markets would likely be mixed going into next season. Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said current finished cattle schedules reflect a common supply shortage, however, once volumes increase, assuming currency stability, schedules will change to more accurately reflect end-market conditions. Mr Hamilton...

Warning beef prices too high

[22 September/ Farmers Weekly] The lamb export season is well performing with greater numbers than 2016; however, farmers are being warned on the prices they’re paying for store cattle. Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said farmers paying over $3/kg live weight in the store cattle market needed a scheduled price in the high...

Lamb numbers tipped to be higher this season

[22 September/ Stuff] Lamb numbers are expected to be 5 to 10 percent higher this Spring compared to 2016, equating to 20 million lambs, and could help to meet Chinese and US demand. Cattle numbers are expected to be similar or slightly up. Silver Fern Farm Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said the market for red...

Affco’s first shipment of chilled beef arrives in China

[20 September/ Stuff] Affco’s first shipment of chilled meat has landed in China. This shipment was part of a trial enabling the meat to be shipped, chilled and aged over the 21-day shipping period to ensure it was in prime condition upon arrival. This shipment is the first of many Affco shipments to China. Kangyuan...

NZ lamb exports to UK drop to record low in August

[18 September/ NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb exports to the United Kingdom reached a record low in August as exporters favoured other more lucrative trading destinations. AgriHQ Analyst, Reece Brick said the United Kingdom lamb market was slowly becoming less pivotal to New Zealand exporters. Mr Brick explained that a steady decline in lamb consumption...

QR code to prove Silver Fern Farms product origin

[18 September/ NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said the investment in traceability delivered transparency in the food chain for customers who were increasingly interested in knowing where their food had come from and that their food had been produced safely and in a sustainable way. The packaging would contain a unique...

Affco loses Supreme Court appeal over illegal lockout

[8 September/ NZ Herald] Affco’s appeal to the Supreme Court, over a battle with the Meat Workers Union, has been dismissed. The dispute started after negotiations for an expired collective contract broke down. Affco was the first employer to halt bargaining under 2015 amendments to the Employment Relations Act. The Act allowed firms to opt...

Fall in lamb exports to the UK

[31 August/ Radio NZ] Lamb exports to the UK have dropped 21 percent, or 13,000 tonnes, for the current season. New Zealand’s lamb market share in the UK has dropped from 22 percent in 2016 to 18 percent. Alliance said New Zealand exported 15 to 20 percent of its lamb to the UK, and while...

Kiwi farmers going gaga for Wagyu

[28 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand farmers are starting to see the benefits of the growing demand for high priced wagyu beef and through a new initiative between First Light and LIC it is hoped that more farmers will start to rear wagyu-cross cows in this country. Wagyu beef has desirable marbling and tenderness that traditionally...

Silver Fern Farms shipping chilled beef to test Chinese market

[25 August/The Country] Silver Fern Farms sent its first shipments of chilled meat to China recently, the first company to use sea-freight containers rather than airfreight. The shipment is part of a six month trial and SFF General Manager Sales, Grant Howie, said the shipment would test the market protocols and supply chain at seaports...

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...