Posts tagged "Beef + Lamb New Zealand"

Mentoring takes farmers further

[16 April/Farmers Weekly] Extension 350 (E350), a five year farmer extension project in Northland is nearly halfway complete with benefits starting to show. Private farm consultants act as group facilitators and counsellors as well as delivering their one-on-one advice and skills. The project is designed to develop and improve such businesses in performance, well-being and...

Sheep meat exports affected by Brexit

[16 April/Rural Life] Ongoing Brexit uncertainty is having a negative impact on New Zealand sheep meat exports. In January export volumes plunged 32 percent year-on-year according to Rabobank’s latest Agribusiness Monthly report. Global demand and in-market prices in New Zealand’s key export markets remain generally strong however the United Kingdom is the market causing the...

Farmers must fight back now

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] Andrew Morrison, chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand states that the industry needs to remain productive but now everything needs to have an environmental perspective by focusing on quality rather than continuously producing more. Mr Morrison reported taxes proposed by the government along with other decisions need to be challenged by...

Brexit debacle sparks disbelief

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] The UK could be pushed out of the EU as there has been no support from MPs for the deal. The deal includes a 21 month transition period of the UK and the EU to negotiate future trading terms. Dave Harrison, Policy and Advocacy General Manager for Beef + Lamb stated that...

$2 levy for beef’s M bovis response

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] Beef farmers look set to pay a $2 per head levy for the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme as part of a short term measure. Consultation will begin soon on raising the beef producer biosecurity levy from 45c a head. The levy will not apply to cull dairy cows their share of the...

Pilot ‘trees and carbon’ workshop proves popular

[20 March/Rural Life] A pilot project run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) focusing on farmers making the most of the One Billion Trees Fund has generated a lot of interest. A series of workshops in the South Island were held names ‘’Farms, Trees and Carbon’’ providing an overview of global warming as well...

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...

NZ agriculture groups urge WTO rescue at global forums

[23 January/Radio NZ] Seven major agricultural organisations are urging the government to use forums like the World Economic Forum meeting of global government and business leaders in Davos to try to rescue the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern used the WEF meeting to speak about issues like climate change and New Zealand’s...

Livestock farmers join GIA biosecurity partnership

[7 January/Farmers Weekly] Key players in the livestock farming sector have taken steps to protect their multi-billion-dollar export industries from pests and diseases through joining other primary sector organisations and Government in the biosecurity fight. Industry organisations DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand consulted with farmers over a year ago to join the Government...

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...

Red meat sector welcomes CPTPP ratification

[29 October/The Country] The red meat sector welcomed the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). New Zealand was the fourth country to complete the ratification process. The agreement required at least six countries to ratify the agreement before it could come into force. New Zealand sheep and beef sector exports...

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,...

New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Annual Guild Award Winners Announced

[6 October/New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists & Communicators] The top award was taken out by a joint entry from two experienced New Zealand agricultural journalists at the New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators annual awards. Hugh Stringleman and Neal Wallace took out the Ministry for Primary Industries Rongo Award which recognised their...

Biosecurity workshops for farmers in wake of survey

[2 October/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand intend to roll out biosecurity workshops to assist farmers start and improve their on-farm biosecurity plans. More than half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers had made changes to reduce the risk of their stock becoming infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Other changes included increased focus on...

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...

Bacon back in latest country of origin labelling proposal

[27 August/Stuff] The Primary Production Select Committee recommended cured meats such as bacon and ham be included in the Consumers’ Right to Know Bill. This would mean bacon would require country of origin labels. This was a change on its interim report which excluded such products. NZ Pork Chairman, Eric Roy, said the change showed...

Farmers to raise another $4m to support meat export sales

[23 August/Stuff] Sheep and beef farmers will spend an additional $4.1 million per year to market their products to overseas consumers. This is a move to support Beef + Lamb NZ’s Taste Pure Nature origin brand and its Red Meat Story. New Zealand exporters will be able to attach the branding to their packaging and...

Nathan Guy – NAIT Bill ‘goes too far’

[17 August/The Country] The NAIT Amendment Bill introduced by the Government last Thursday, and passed under urgency makes rushed changes to the Act which should concern farmers according to National Agriculture Spokesperson, Nathan Guy. The Bill changes the NAIT Act to allow for warrantless inspections of farms, clarifies animal movement requirements, and makes it an...

Vets open to pan-industry initiative on grazing

[14 August/Rural Life] The New Zealand Veterinary Association said it would embrace a pan-industry initiative on winter grazing. It expressed concerns about animal welfare consequences caused by poor practices. Chief Veterinary Officer, Helen Beattie, added there were common practices in some areas that often resulted in poor welfare for animals and environmental damage. She had...

Sheep industry awards dropped for year

[8 August/Rural Life] The decision has been made to drop the annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for a year. The awards had been around since 2012 and celebrated success in the sheep industry. More than 30 awards had been presented to southern farmers over the past five years. Beef + Lamb...

Tasting the Impossible Burger with Air New Zealand

[3 July/NZ Herald] Business Premier customers travelling on Air New Zealand’s LA to Auckland haul will be offered the Impossible Burger for the next three months. It is a plant based innovation that is designed to save the planet. It has become a phenomenon in the U.S food tech industry for achieving the impossible, a...

Greenpeace want agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in carbon act

[7 June/The Country] Greenpeace questioned why the Government was tabling options for its Zero Carbon Bill that could result in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions being treated more softly than other emissions. Farming groups were happy to see the Government considering its approach to shorter-lived gases differently. Greenpeace Climate Campaigner, Kate Simcock, said as the biggest...

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...

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...