Red meat

Swine disease expected to boost Chinese beef imports

[08 March/Rural Life] Spread of the African Swine disease in China has increased measures at its borders. The spread of the severe viral disease is meant to offer increased export opportunities for beef exporters like New Zealand. Rabobank released a report stating the disease has potential to substantially shift the Asian meat trade, impacting both...

Meat company targets $134 billion global pet food market

[12 March/Stuff NZ] Alliance Group, an export meat company, has invested in a pet food business. David Surveyor, Chief Executive of Alliance Group reports that this investment coincides with major growth in the industry as animal lovers are seeking high quality protein food for their pets. The global sales forecast is set to reach up...

Strong market for lamb expected

[11 March/The Country] Good demand is continuing to occur from the United States and China, contributing to predictions a second season of healthy global lamb prices. Nathan Penny, ASB Senior Rural Economist reported that prices are now bottoming out although at around $7 which is a healthy level, after hitting record highs last spring. Looking...

Angus Pure plans to improve on-plate eating experience

[06 March/Rural Life] AngusPure New Zealand announced this week that they are partnering with 63 Angus beef farmers in a programme to improve the quality and taste of their meat as well as increasing returns. AngusPure is the official beef brand of Angus New Zealand with 50 percent owned by the industry’s association with the...

New lamb ad suggests Australia unites with New Zealand

[21 January/NZ Herald] The latest Australian lamb ad released ahead of Australia Day suggests Australia should unite with New Zealand, using lamb as Australia’s bargaining tactic. The humorous ad has actors appearing to be government officials suggesting that the two countries should combine because it claims ‘’New Zealand is doing Australia better than Australia’’. The...

Drastic reduction in red meat intake at odds with health guidelines, nutritionist warns

[18 January/Stuff] British Medical Journal, The Lancet, has published details of the proposed “planetary health diet’ which the authors claim will assist in saving the planet and approximately 11 million lives a year. The diet, consisting of daily intake limits on fish, eggs, sugar and red meat, will ultimately assist in avoiding a catastrophe to...

Steven Adams yet to be approached to front Kiwi red meat campaign

[14 January/Stuff] Basketballer Steven Adams is smashing steaks on American TV but Kiwi beef marketers are yet to approach him to promote New Zealand red meat. Nick Beeby, Beef+Lamb NZ market development manager, commented that the basketball star is promoting a generic ‘eat beef’ message that will benefit NZ farmers.  The US is New Zealand’s...

Alliance chairman queries Govt’s subsidy stance

[19 December/Rural Life] Alliance Group Chairman, Murray Taggart, has expressed concern over subsidised forestry plantings at the expense of low environmental impact sheep and beef farming. Mr Taggart told the co-operative’s annual meeting, that the board and management were disappointed with the previously announced $8 million operating profit for the year to September 30 (down...

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...