[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 cattle, 180,000 sheep and 3,500 deer, with all plants operating at or near capacity. Saturday shifts were being worked, along with overtime and night shifts. Mr Hamilton said despite the record capacity, there was exceptional demand by farmers for space, and queues for processing space were forming.