Red meat

Hewett gives tick but wants more

[5 April/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms CEO, Rob Hewett, said it achieved a profit turnaround but the business remained a work in progress. There will be a dividend payout for co-op shareholders and a throughput reward for throughput shareholders. They had abnormal one off charges of $10.2 million largely due to the closure of the...

Pressure on processors’ margins

[2 April/Farmers Weekly] Less aggressive buying by Unites States manufacturing beef importers put pressure on New Zealand processor margins. American feedlots are well stocked at this time of the year, and importers were aware of the New Zealand supply trends according to Anzco Foods General Manager of Agriculture and Livestock, Grant Bunting. He said this...

Beef + Lamb New Zealand elects new chairman

[26 March/Rural News] Southland sheep and beef farmer, Andrew Morrison, was appointed as the chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. He was previously on the board representing the Southern South Island region and was elected at the annual meeting. He farms a total of 1,030 hectares of breeding and finishing units spread between Southland...

Silver Fern Farms ‘drags you in’, says former CEO

 [16 March/The Country] Silver Fern Farm’s Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton, said his four years at the company had flown and that the company is one that drags you in. He announced his decision to resign last July, and Simon Limmer who was previously Zespri International’s Chief Operating Officer will take over the role in the...

Defection Disappoints

[12 March/Farmers Weekly] Anzco General Manager, Grant Bunting, said that a decision by Alliance not to take on a nationwide meat industry farm quality assurance programme would put industry integrity at risk. Alliance will use its own programme rather than the collaborative Farm Assurance Programme (FAP). It was established to enhance consumer confidence. Alliance Chief...

Halal slaughterhouse’s owners Meatco put into liquidation

[10 March/The Country] A halal meat exporter, Meatco NZ, was placed into liquidation meaning some overseas Muslims may no longer have access to New Zealand lamb. According to the Meatco website, they were a leading provider of high quality halal lamb and mutton products in the Middle East and South East Asia, and had the...

SFF directors challenged

[8 March/Rural Life] Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Limited’s director election has drawn attention due to two candidates challenging two directors. At the company’s annual meeting on April 18, Rob Hewett and Fiona Hancox will retire by rotation however, they are both standing for re-election. The two challenging their positions are Federated Farmers National Board Member,...

NZ meat industry confident despite protein threat

[2 March/Radio NZ] With the increased pressure from alternative protein food products, the New Zealand meat industry insisted it will survive, and even thrive. Beef + Lamb New Zealand said that large-scale production of alternate proteins was likely to become a reality within five years having received a report on the realities of alternative protein...

Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets

 [16 February/NZ Farmer] Taupo Beef and Lamb, a company established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, has begun exporting its meat range to Japan. They sent their first container load in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets East of Tokyo. Mr Barton praised his partners for their help with the venture,...

Lamb and wool marketers confident

[16 February/Rural Life] Many farmers have been asking the Alliance Group how long lamb prices could be sustained at the recent Southern Field Days, a question Chairman, Murray Taggart, has been responding to be by noting that they feel market fundamentals around the world give them some confidence. Mr Taggart said he had also received...

ANZCO chairman named to replace Sir Graeme Harrison

[8 February/NZ Farmer] Founder of ANZCO Foods, Sir Graeme Harrison, will be replaced as Chairman by Kazuhiko (Sam) Misonou at the end of March. Mr Misonou joined the company board in 2013 and brought international business experience with him. In 2016, he became president of Yonekyu Inc., a Japanese meat production, marketing and sales company...

Beef + Lamb NZ to review activities

[3 February/ Rural News Group] Beef + Lamb NZ was seeking farmers’ views on their sector capability programme. General Manager of Innovation for Beef + Lamb NZ, Richard Wakelin, said the review would look at Beef and Lamb NZ’s investment in their current portfolio of activities, how these activities align with farmer needs and perceptions,...

Beef+Lamb: Exports drive red meat prices up

[22 January/NZ Herald] Analysis from Beef+Lamb New Zealand’s economic service shows red meat exports hit record levels in the last quarter of 2017 driven by high volumes and record average pricing for lamb and mutton and near record values for beef together with a relatively strong New Zealand dollar.  Prices for lamb and mutton were...

Single owner for ANZCO

[16 January/ Otago Daily Times] Japanese listed company, Itoham Yonekyu Holdings, has been granted OIO approval to increase its holding from 65% to 100% in ANZCO Foods, through its fully owned subsidiary, Itoham Foods.  The company will be acquiring shares currently held by Sir Graeme Harrison, the company’s chair, company management and Nippon Suisan Kaisha...

Dry conditions put pressure on processing plants

[18 December/NZ Farmer] Meat processing plants across the country are working at capacity to accommodate an influx of stock caused by the dry weather the country has experienced in the last six weeks. Alliance Group said the company has been working through drought scenarios and had got all their plants up and running at full...

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...