Red meat

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...

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...