Red meat

Silver Fern Farms forecasts record spend

[12 December/ NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms has forecast a record spend on livestock of over $230 million this month. Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said the warm weather throughout the country had pushed stock processing levels higher than normally seen during December. Each week, Silver Fern Farms was processing more than 20,000...

Stock flood fears

[11 December/ Farmers Weekly] Meat processing plants have become very busy in the last two weeks as farmers reacted to dry conditions by unloading stock. Anzco Foods General Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Grant Bunting said plants were working overtime and on Saturdays, while livestock backlogs were starting to build. Mr Bunting added that two...

Ex-Zespri head to lead Silver Fern Farms

[5 December/ Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms has named Zespri Chief Operating Officer, Simon Limmer, as its new Chief Executive. Mr Limmer had worked for Zespri in a variety of general management roles in New Zealand and China, and would take over from Dean Hamilton in March 2018. Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett...

Alternative proteins pose a threat for meat

[27 November/ Otago Daily Times] Rabobank Animal Proteins and Sustainability Analyst, Blake Holgate said the rise of alternative proteins needed to be kept in perspective. Mr Holgate’s statement came after Rabobank released a report showing that alternative proteins were on the verge of becoming mainstream and taking market share from traditional meat products. Alternative protein...

Alliance Group doubles profit to $20m

[24 November/ Stuff] Alliance Group has doubled its operating profit to $20.2 million and more than halved its debt from $41 million to $19 million. The co-operative reported a $28 million net profit before tax and farmer rebates, boosted by a one off sale of land at Makarewa. Alliance Group Chairman, Murray Taggart said the...

Gore farmer next Beef+Lamb New Zealand chairman

[15 November/ New Zealand Herald] Gore farmer Andrew Morrison become Chairman of Beef+Lamb New Zealand next year after James Parsons chose not to seek re-election due to a desire for fresh leadership. Mr Morrison had been unanimously supported by the board to take over the position. Mr Parsons said Mr Morrison is well prepared for...

New Zealand wins WTO appeal for profitable beef access in Indonesia

[10 November/Stuff] New Zealand has recently won a WTO appeal to reduce trade barriers with Indonesia, prompting a step up in our beef trade with the country. Trade Minister David Parker estimated a $1 billion loss in beef sales since the trade barrier was introduced. Meat Industry Association Chief Executive Tim Ritchie said there would...

Basic farming brings awards

[6 November/ Farmers Weekly] Nick and Penny France hosted 90 farmers and rural professionals at a B+LNZ Farming for Profit field day to learn about proper, old-fashioned attention to detail farming philosophy. Mr France told the farmers he runs his beef farm as cheaply as possible, aligning practice with a philosophy of using bulls that...

Sheep and beef farming is about love not meat business

[6 November/ Stuff] Beef + Lamb New Zealand Director Melissa Clark-Reynolds said farmers could meet higher consumer expectations regarding animal and environmental welfare if they considered themselves as in the love business rather than the meat business. Ms Clark-Reynolds said this would ensure farmers produce the highest quality meat possible. Beef + Lamb New Zealand...

Farmlands directors elected

[6 November/Otago Daily times] Winton farmer and former long-standing Alliance Group Director Murray Donald has been elected to the Farmlands board. Mr Donald is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors, councillor and member of the audit and risk committee for the Southern Institute of Technology and a trustee and chairman of the audit...

Beef + Lamb pulls plug on the Glammies

[1 November/Otago Daily Times] The Golden Lamb Awards, better known as the Glammies will not go ahead this year. For the past ten years, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) has funded the event. However, in the past six months, BLNZ has reviewed its long-term strategy and has decided to redirect its spending to more...

Alliance shareholders re-elect directors

[30 October/Stuff] Alliance Group directors, Dawn Sangster and Russell Drummond have been re-elected unopposed to the board of the meat processing co-operative. Chairman Murray Taggart said the re-election of Sangster and Drummond unopposed indicated shareholder confidence. Ms Sangster has held a position on the board since 2011 and is also a director of Glenayr. Mr...

Alliance hopes to target taste preferences in customers

[20 October/Stuff] Chief Executive David Surveyor said the co-operative Alliance Group hopes to tailor meat cuts to countries taste preferences in the future at the company’s recent meat roadshow. He also told farmers that a dividend would be paid, with more details and the annual profit result coming next month. Surveyor said lamb prices were...

Meat research in China, US

[23 October/Otago Daily Times] Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Greenlea Premier Meats and Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) are leading a project asking consumers which attributes in beef and lamb are important to them in their purchase decisions. The research is focused on high market potential states or cities in the US...

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...