Red meat

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...

Upcoming beef, lamb, venison season keeps eye on world markets – Silver Fern

 [22 September/ New Zealand Herald] Silver Fern Farms (SFF) said beef, lamb and venison markets would likely be mixed going into next season. Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said current finished cattle schedules reflect a common supply shortage, however, once volumes increase, assuming currency stability, schedules will change to more accurately reflect end-market conditions. Mr Hamilton...

Warning beef prices too high

[22 September/ Farmers Weekly] The lamb export season is well performing with greater numbers than 2016; however, farmers are being warned on the prices they’re paying for store cattle. Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said farmers paying over $3/kg live weight in the store cattle market needed a scheduled price in the high...

Lamb numbers tipped to be higher this season

[22 September/ Stuff] Lamb numbers are expected to be 5 to 10 percent higher this Spring compared to 2016, equating to 20 million lambs, and could help to meet Chinese and US demand. Cattle numbers are expected to be similar or slightly up. Silver Fern Farm Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said the market for red...

Affco’s first shipment of chilled beef arrives in China

[20 September/ Stuff] Affco’s first shipment of chilled meat has landed in China. This shipment was part of a trial enabling the meat to be shipped, chilled and aged over the 21-day shipping period to ensure it was in prime condition upon arrival. This shipment is the first of many Affco shipments to China. Kangyuan...

NZ lamb exports to UK drop to record low in August

[18 September/ NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb exports to the United Kingdom reached a record low in August as exporters favoured other more lucrative trading destinations. AgriHQ Analyst, Reece Brick said the United Kingdom lamb market was slowly becoming less pivotal to New Zealand exporters. Mr Brick explained that a steady decline in lamb consumption...

QR code to prove Silver Fern Farms product origin

[18 September/ NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said the investment in traceability delivered transparency in the food chain for customers who were increasingly interested in knowing where their food had come from and that their food had been produced safely and in a sustainable way. The packaging would contain a unique...

Affco loses Supreme Court appeal over illegal lockout

[8 September/ NZ Herald] Affco’s appeal to the Supreme Court, over a battle with the Meat Workers Union, has been dismissed. The dispute started after negotiations for an expired collective contract broke down. Affco was the first employer to halt bargaining under 2015 amendments to the Employment Relations Act. The Act allowed firms to opt...

Fall in lamb exports to the UK

[31 August/ Radio NZ] Lamb exports to the UK have dropped 21 percent, or 13,000 tonnes, for the current season. New Zealand’s lamb market share in the UK has dropped from 22 percent in 2016 to 18 percent. Alliance said New Zealand exported 15 to 20 percent of its lamb to the UK, and while...

Kiwi farmers going gaga for Wagyu

[28 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand farmers are starting to see the benefits of the growing demand for high priced wagyu beef and through a new initiative between First Light and LIC it is hoped that more farmers will start to rear wagyu-cross cows in this country. Wagyu beef has desirable marbling and tenderness that traditionally...

Silver Fern Farms shipping chilled beef to test Chinese market

[25 August/The Country] Silver Fern Farms sent its first shipments of chilled meat to China recently, the first company to use sea-freight containers rather than airfreight. The shipment is part of a six month trial and SFF General Manager Sales, Grant Howie, said the shipment would test the market protocols and supply chain at seaports...

Sheep numbers decline at a slower annual pace as farmers rebuild flocks

[15 August/National Business Review] Sheep numbers continued to decline in the last year but at a slower pace according to data from Beef+Lamb New Zealand. The decline of 0.9% to 27.6 million sheep compares to a 5.3% drop the previous year and reflects that many farmers across the country have been rebuilding flocks following droughts,...

$4.5m loyalty payment to farmers

[8 August/ Rural News Group] Alliance Group has distributed $4.5 million to its farmer-shareholders as part of an initiative to reward loyalty. The cooperative’s platinum and gold farmer shareholders are paid a loyalty payment for each stock species they supply to Alliance. The cooperative has distributed over $13.8 million including GST in loyalty payments to...

Wallace Group takes on Nichols to strengthen casualty cow collection in south

[11 August/ Stuff] Wallace Group has purchased Christchurch tannery Nichols (NZ) Limited to expand its South Island activities. Wallace Group Executive Officer, Graham Shortland said Nichols (NZ) represented an important strategic investment as an agri-recycler. Nichols (NZ) has developed a South Island casualty calf and slink lamb collector network, along with specialist tanning facilities since...

Japan has a beef with imports

[7 August/ Farmers Weekly] Japan virtually overnight increased tariffs on frozen beef imports from New Zealand from 38.5 percent to 50 percent effective for eight months from August 1. Japan’s move was in attempt to divert imports away to protect its beef farmers, particularly after the US had increased the volumes of middle cuts and...

Blooding new markets

[3 August/ Rural News Group] Meat Industry Association Chief Executive Tim Ritchie said the ability to send blood products and serum to China is important as the business model is about taking everything of value from an animal to monetise it. Mr Ritchie said this model cares for the farmer while also makes a profit....

Timaru business selling product globally to luxury high-end buyers

[4 August/ Stuff] New Zealand Light Leathers supplies deer leather high-end luxury brands like Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton, as well as to New Zealand brand Deadly Ponies. Light Leathers also produces bespoke garments for famous actors and musicians. The leather company attributes its success to edgy innovation quality and building relationships. Light Leathers exclusively...

Chefs show support for sustainable Grandad’s Beef

[6 August/ Stuff] Euro, Jervois Steak House and The Crab Shack are among 10 Nourish Group restaurants that have committed to preventing climate change with a sustainable beef supplier, Grandad’s Beef farm. Grandad’s Beef farm in the Waikato only kills one of their 200 cows if all 14 of its edible parts are ordered Nourish...

ANZCO Foods signs deal with PCNZ to tackle the China market

[8 August/ Media Release] Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Ltd (PCNZ) has signed a deal with Christchurch based ANZCO Foods to support the development of their business in China including the recent launch of chilled beef. PCNZ will be responsible for marketing, promoting, educating and training food service and retail professionals, as well as...

Silver Fern CEO Dean Hamilton steps down

[29 July/NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms has announced their Chief Executive Dean Hamilton is stepping down at the end of 2017, and the company is seeking a replacement. Mr Hamilton held his executive position for three years and helped it through the Shanghai Maling investment and partnership. Mr Hamilton gave no reason for his resignation;...

Meat-sector challenges recognised

[31 July/ Otago Daily Times] The seventh annual Red Meat Sector Conference was hosted by the Meat Industry Association of New Zealand, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd, and recognised challenges facing the industry, but also focused heavily on the industry’s role in the country’s future. At a political party forum, as part of...

Blue Sky Meats posts $1.9m loss, signals review of unprofitable Gore beef plant

[31 July/ National Business Review] Blue Sky Meats posted a $1.91 million loss in the 12 months ended 31 March, compared to a $1.96 million loss a year earlier, and said the future of its unprofitable beef plant in Gore is under review. Revenue decreased 17 percent to $97.9 million and the company will not...

‘Paid to think’ and loving it

[1 August/ Otago Daily Times] Tech Entrepreneur and Business Leader Melissa Clark-Reynolds was named Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s first independent Director. Ms Clark-Reynolds said she had always been at the cutting edge of new ways of doing things and was attracted to the organisation’s broad strategy that was not red meat-centric. Ms Clark-Reynolds was...