Red meat

AFFCO workers may finally be paid for lost wages after lock out, three years on

[7 December/NZ Herald] The Court of Appeal has ruled that AFFCO workers unlawfully locked out three years ago should be paid for lost wages. According to New Zealand Meat Workers Union National Secretary, Graham Cooke, they don’t expect to see any money in time for the festive season. Mr Cooke expected the company and its...

Alliance given green light for 100 overseas workers

[6 December/Stuff] Immigration New Zealand have given approval to Alliance Group to hire 100 overseas workers for its Lorneville plant at Invercargill. Alliance People and Safety General Manager, Chris Selbie, said that the labour shortages and day-to-day absenteeism at the Group’s plants are costing the co-operative approximately $20 million a year in lost value. Employees...

Flock decline threatening lamb export potential

[3 December/Radio NZ] Opportunities to grow returns from lamb exports are in danger if the trend of steadily declining ewe numbers is not turned around. New Zealand sheep numbers peaked in 1982, with a total of 70.3 million sheep, but the national flock has been declining since then and latest estimates indicate the national flock...

Alliance says world trade friction could erode sheepmeat returns

[2 December/NZ Herald] Alliance Group’s Global Sales Manager, Shane Kingston, believes that uncertainty on the world trade front could translate into lower prices for the Group’s shareholders in the coming year, but returns should nevertheless remain firm. Whilst Britain remains an important market, Alliance has been sending chilled lamb, mutton and beef shipments to China...

Alliance’s profit cut; looking out long-term

[24 November/Otago Daily Times] Alliance Group has reported an operating profit for the year to September 30 that is less than half of the profit reported last year, citing a substantial lift in payments to shareholders as a factor. The co-op announced an operating profit of $8 million, down from last year’s $20.2 million result....

Lamb prices hit record highs as exports boom

[13 November/NZ Farmer] Rising export prices for lamb and a lower New Zealand dollar are seeing kiwis paying higher prices for lamb in the supermarkets in the run up to the barbecue season.  The price of a lamb chop rose 7.7% in October to $17.12 a kilo.  With sausage prices also rising, October saw the...

ASB, Greenlea claim blockchain first with meat export deal

[1 November/NZ Herald] ASB says that Greenlea Premier Meats used its new ‘single trade window’ service to process an export deal with a large Korean customer, a transaction the bank says is a landmark as the blockchain based service meant digital payment and paperwork for the deal were wrapped up in an hour. The transaction...

$1.7 million loyalty payment to red meat farmers

[2 November/Rural News] Alliance Group has announced that it has distributed $1.73 million of loyalty payments to platinum and gold shareholders that supply 100% of their stock to the co-operative. This distribution for the September quarter brings the total loyalty distribution for the 2017/18 season to $16.77 million, 9.3% ahead of the prior year. CEO,...

NZ meat trade to Europe and UK faces potential logjam

[25 October/Stuff] Due to the UK exiting the EU, New Zealand’s lamb exports to the UK could get caught up in border confusion as new rules are implemented. New Zealand’s red meat sector Brexit representative, Jeff Grant, said the uncertainty over what sort of a deal the UK negotiates threatened the smooth flow of trade...

Te Mana Lamb wins award

[19 October/Rural News] Te Mana Lamb, a premium lamb brand, won the New Zealand Food Safety Primary Sector Products and Frozen categories at the New Zealand. The lamb had higher levels of polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. This resulted in a new lamb taste experience that was more succulent, tender and flavourful. It was...

Alliance warns shareholders lamb prices will decline

[17 October/Rural Life] According to Alliance Group, lamb prices will likely fall during the current season. Livestock and Shareholder Services General Manager, Heather Stacy, said lamb was expected to fetch $6.50 to $8.10 per kilogram until December, and then $6.10 to $6.50 from January to March. She added Brexit and exchange rates were variables, but...

Red meat exports surge

[11 October/Rural News] According to Beef + Lamb New Zealand, New Zealand’s red meat exports reached $6.7 billion in 2017-2018. This represented a 21 percent increase over the previous year. The increase came from sustained high value per tonne and increased lamb, mutton and beef volume. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Economist, Andrew Burtt,...

Calf-rearing farm survey next step in ‘M. bovis’ bid

[4 October/Rural Life] A survey of 200 calf-rearing properties started as the next step in the eradication of Mycoplasma bovis. National Controller, Geoff Gwyn, said the Ministry for Primary Industries started contacting owners of the selected properties this week and the test involved a one-off nasal swab on calves. He added the properties selected were...

Alliance backed on long-term approach

[5 October/The Country] According to its Chairman, Murray Taggard, Alliance Group management received a message from suppliers to keep investing in its long term strategy. He added feedback from shareholders and suppliers was pleasantly positive. The company would release its annual financial result in November. He noted no chairman was proud of not being able...

Investment needed for NZ red meat sector to realise sustainable advantage – industry report

[9 October/Rabobank] According to a report by Rabobank, increased investment into the ethical and sustainable aspects of New Zealand’s red meat production systems could deliver a range of benefits to the sector. It said regulation of the New Zealand agricultural sector was set to tighten over the next year due to concerns about the impact...

Maccas beef milestone

[26 September/Rural Life] Since its launch in 2009, McDonalds customers have consumed more than five million kilograms of locally sourced Angus beef patties. That is roughly the same weight as nine Airbus A380 aircraft. McDonalds were one of the first to jump on the gourmet burger trend almost a decade ago. The burgers changed with...

Desperate South Island meat firms recruit overseas staff

[21 September/The Country] Meat companies in South Canterbury requiring workers are recruiting overseas. Immigration New Zealand allowed Silver Fern Farms to employ 49 overseas workers. ANZCO Foods also had 18 overseas workers permitted. Alliance Smithfield’s Acting Plant Manager, Ivan Docherty, said they were short by around 30 workers. Silver Fern Farms’ Paeroa Plant Manager, Bruce...

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...