Red meat

Beef + Lamb’s new environmental strategy earns high praise

[7 June/Rural News] Minister for the Environment, David Parker, praised Beef + Lamb NZ’s new environmental strategy. He said it was what the public wanted as they didn’t want things to be getting worse over time. Beef + Lamb NZ unveiled its plan to lift the environmental performance of NZ’s sheep and beef sector. It...

B+LNZ farmers won’t oppose levy increase

[11 June/Farmers Weekly] Farmers will undoubtedly scrutinise how Beef + Lamb NZ Spends its extra $4 million in levies it proposed to raise but are unlikely to vote against the increases according to industry leaders. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Spokesman, Miles Anderson, said the increased levies weren’t big, and wold not be opposed in...

Supply pressure building in major world beef markets

[30 May, Rabobank] There was a positive start to the global beef sector in 2018, however building pressures had the potential to change the export market dynamics. A report by Agribusiness Banking Specialist, Rabobank, said supply pressure was growing in global beef markets due to dry weather conditions in the U.S., a surplus of animal...

Tough year hits ANZCO’s profits

[28 May/Farmers Weekly] A hard year in beef procurement and processing caused a decrease in profits for ANZCO Foods. ANZCO Chief Executive, Peter Conley, said competition for stock and uneven livestock flows increased costs while consumer market prices were steady. ANZCO’s profit fell to $1.8 million. Chief Financial Officer, Paul Loke, said the uneven flow...

US beef market poses threat to New Zealand returns this year – visiting expert

[18 May/Rabobank] It is likely there will be pressure on global beef trade and prices if the forced slaughter of U.S. cattle goes ahead according to Rabobank’s Senior Animal Protein Analyst, Don Close. He said the U.S. was both the dominant export destination for New Zealand beef as well as a competitor with New Zealand...

Sheep and beef farmers aim to be carbon neutral by 2050

[16 May/Stuff] Every sheep and beef farm will have a tailored environment plan by the end of 2021 and the industry is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050 with the new Beef + Lamb NZ strategy. Its priority areas were healthy productive soils, thriving biodiversity, reducing carbon emissions and cleaner water. Farm plans would...

China positive on NZ chilled meat after year’s trial

[7 May/NZ Farmer] More New Zealand chilled beef and sheepmeat will be sent to China as initial trials appeared to have met Chinese approval. Deputy Secretary-General of the China Meat Association, Gao Guan, said the trials were promising and that China had a shortfall of beef and sheepmeat. The first shipments were headed by Alliance...

NZ hopes to sell more lamb and beef with new brand

[2 May/NZ Farmer] Beef + Lamb New Zealand hoped its new brand would hit the sweet spot for global consumers. Beef + Lamb NZ Market Development Manager, Nick Beeby, said it was developed and refined with consumers in Britain, the U.S., India, China and other countries. He added that there was increasing demand for red...

Cheaper lab meat to put pressure on farmers by vying with mince and other red meat cuts

[4 May/NZ Farmer] According to the Managing Director of AbacusBio, Dr Anna Campbell, New Zealand farmers were in danger of becoming redundant due to synthetic meat. She said that although synthetic meat was expensive at the moment, companies would scale it and make it cheap. She challenged farmers to keep on top of fast moving...

Alliance Group distributes $5.9 million in loyalty payments

[30 April/NZ Farmer] Loyal Alliance Group shareholders will receive a $5.9 million distribution of loyalty payments. The payments will be made to the platinum and gold shareholders who supply 100 percent of their stock to the company. This brings the total amount distributed to shareholders to $9.8 million which was a 4.7 percent increase on...

Alliance Group promotes NZ meat as ‘premium fair’

[19 April/NZ Farmer] The meat processor, Alliance Group, was funding international chefs to go on farms to help promote New Zealand meat on the global stage. Chefs from the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand toured South Island farms and visited premium restaurants recently. Alliance General Manager of Marketing, Peter Russell, said it was aiming...

Silver Fern Farm’s review will look at directors

[19 April/The Country] A review of Silver Fern Farms constitution will include looking at the tenure of directors on the board, the board size and the ratio of elected to independent directors. Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett, said the review was underway and that governance was the key focus. He added there was a...

Grant to help lead sector’s Brexit response

[17 April/Otago Daily Times] Southland Agribusiness Leader, Jeff Grant, was appointed to support the red meat sector’s response to Brexit. The appointment was made by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman, Andrew Morrison, said that Jeff is highly experienced and had been involved in the...

Meat exports reach milestone

[9 April/Rural Life] Both beef and lamb exports were expected to break $3 billion for the first time. Beef + Lamb New Zealand showed the milestone was predicted to be reached due to the forecast of a 14 percent increase in average export value. Forecast farm profits before tax were also forecast to be up...

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...