Posts tagged "Beef + Lamb New Zealand"

Tech journey discussed

(17 July/Rural Life) Tina and Duncan Mackintosh, who farm at White Rock Mains in Canterbury recently talked about their experience with technology to improve their farm systems at the recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand FarmSmart conference. The couple talked about when they introduced EID tags in 2007 to the farm which led them to...

Vegan activists force supermarkets to up security after stickering meat products

(16 July/The Country) Supermarkets have had to increase security measures after vegan activists put protest stickers on meat products. A butchery manager at a foodstuffs supermarket says that it is a costly and wasteful thing to do and is considered vandalism. Beef + Lamb Chief Executive Rod Slater commented that at this moment it is...

Farm input inflation twice CPI

(15 July/Rural Life) A recent Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service’s sheep and beef farm inflation reported showed that input prices on sheep and beef farms rose twice as fast as consumer price inflation in the last year to 3.5%. The most significant price increases were shearing expenses which were up 11.2% and fertiliser,...

B+LNZ looking into impact of land conversion

[2 July/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) have expressed concerns about the potential impacts on communities of wholesale conversions of regions into forestry. In an update to farmers, BLNZ chairman Andrew Morrison said the organisation was working to get a better understanding of exactly what was happening, why it might be happening, quantifying...

Brazil beef trip an eye-opener for Southland stock manager

[19 June/The Country] Jess Cairns, a Southland Stock Manager is excited about future prospects for New Zealand Beef having just spent six days in Brazil at the International Beef Alliance (IBA). The IBA trip was sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, as part of its Future Leader programme. Miss Cairns travelled with Carl Carmichael,...

Next generation starts course

[12 June/Rural Life] Participants from Gore and Alexandra attended the first module of this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand Generation Next programme last week, to learn more about how to progress in the sheep and beef industries. Along with finding a mentor and working on their personal goals, the participants will have post-workshop homework...

Women ready to meat challenge

[05 June/Farmers Weekly] Ashley Gray, General Manager for Beef + Lamb NZ is passionate about getting women in the meat sector. Last month Mrs Gray was instrumental in launching the professional networking initiative, Meat Business Women (MBW) and is excited about the positive challenges it will have for women seeking meat industry careers. MBW wants...

Methane targets will challenge sector – analyst

[03 June/Rural Life] Achieving proposed methane targets under the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill by 2050 will require changes to future farming practices, Rabobank’s Animal Protein and Sustainability Analyst Blake Holgate reports. Targets released by the Zero Carbon Bill were absolute reduction targets and would not be able to be offset through the planting of trees....

Post-quake farming rejig rolling

[07 May/Farmers Weekly] A new round of Kaikoura earthquake recovery programmes are beginning. It is estimated some farms in North Canterbury, Kaikoura and southern Marlborough lost up to 40% of their usable land in the November 2016 earthquakes and 30 farms have been assessed as severely damaged. Vital infrastructure such as fences, tracks, homes and...

Does NZ win or lose as world agriculture gets remade for a planet of 10b?

[27 April/Stuff NZ] Raymond McCauley, Chair of Biotechnology at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University reports that the world of agriculture is about to be remade as the world prepares to feed 10 billion people by 2050 whilst looking after the planet. Mr McCauley reported there will be no choice but to turn to science to solve...

Global shift to managing sheep individually

[26 April/The Country] Jon Hickford, Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Lincoln University has reported that there is a global shift to managing sheep at an individual level rather than a flock level. Professor Hickford stated that permanent EID tags and scanner technology has allowed the recording of an individual animal’s performance and production...

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...