Posts tagged "Beef + Lamb"

M bovis farm test times cut

[30 August/Farmers Weekly] On-farm sampling for Mycoplasma bovis is about to become a lot less stressful for farmers due to changes in protocols and interpretation of results, helping to cut the many farms spend under active surveillance and notices of direction. Sampling criteria has now been refined by scientists, simplifying the process. Only one round...

Johne’s disease remains a problem

[29 August/Rural News] Johne’s disease remains an issue for livestock farmers New Zealand-wide and is a chronic, contagious and generally fatal disease. While the levels of this production limiting disease are low, the industry cannot afford to become complacent, reports Matt Ward, Beef + Lamb NZ’s General Manager North Island. Mr Ward states the bacteria...

Taste Pure gets bite at Big Apple

[17 April/Farmers Weekly] Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Taste Pure Nature campaign recently featured on a big-screen advertisement in the middle of Times Square, New York. The campaign ran for free as part of their conscious foodie promotion. Market development manager Nick Beeby stated that even though New York is not their target area, it...

Nicky Hyslop elected to Beef + Lamb directorship

[20 March/The Country] Nicky Hyslop, Chairwoman of Irrigation New Zealand has been elected to Beef + Lamb directorship. Mrs Hyslop and her husband farm Levels Estate, an intensive sheep, beef and arable property in Timaru. Mr Wright was elected in 2016. Scott Gower was elected to represent the Western North Island district and Tony Egan...

Optimistic report on Mycoplasma bovis response

[18 February /The Country] A report from the Mycloplasma bovis Technical Advisory Group indicates progress is being made in many areas according to the response head Geoff Gwyn. The report provided independent validation that the eradication program is on track and that it remains technically feasible. The report highlights that prevalence and incidence of Mbovis...

M. bovis costs to add 3.9c/kgMS to levy

[12 February/Dairy News] The cost of the response to Mycoplasma Bovis to dairy farmers have been revealted, with DairyNZ announcing it is asking farmers to approve a levy of up to 3.9 cents/kg milksolids over the next two seasons to pay their share of the eradication effort. With DairyNZ’s regular levy now 3.6c/kgMS, the proposal...

North Island farmers lose 100,000 lambs after spring storm

[17 September/Stuff] An estimated 100,000 lambs were lost in the North Island over the past few weeks due to a recent storm. The economic impact of the losses is estimated at up to $14.4 million. Federated Farmers High Country Chairman, Simon Williamson, said lambing would not begin in areas where recent snow had fallen until...

Farmers back NAIT changes

[18 August/Rural News] Farmers are backing the amended National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Act that was passed under urgency by Parliament. DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle, said it had become clear that some farmers hadn’t been taking the requirements to record animal movements as seriously as they should have been. He added DairyNZ supported...

Meat alternatives: Cheaper production could diversify NZ market

[25 July/Radio NZ] New Zealand farmers could have to adapt to new technologies that enable creation of meat alternatives. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Marketing Innovation Manager, Lee-Ann Marsh, said we may start seeing entirely lab grown products on shelves within three years. Companies were investing large amounts into these products. Ms Marsh added she...

Farmers face levy hike to cover cost of cattle disease

[25 July/Stuff] MPI has announced a further two farms have been infected with Mycoplasma bovis. Farmers face the prospect of a higher industry levy to help pay for eradication costs. The farms were linked to other known infected properties through animal movements. Negotiations continued over the question of how much dairy farmers would pay compared...

Quarter of NZ’s native vegetation found of sheep and beef farms

[6 July/Stuff] A report by the University of Canterbury has shown that a quarter of New Zealand’s native vegetation was found on sheep and beef farms. This was the largest amount outside of conservation land. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive, Sam McIvor, said the findings were a great acknowledgement for farmers and the...

‘Unrealistic’ to expect EU to ditch all agricultural tariffs, business body warns

[23 May/Stuff] The New Zealand Europe Business Council said a free-trade deal between the EU and New Zealand could boost exports by $2 billion a year and save New Zealanders hundreds of millions of dollars a year in cheaper imports. Its president, Franck Olssen, forecasted an agreement could be produced in two years. He noted...

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...

Northland farmers to help plant a billion trees

[3 May/The Country] Farmers are being conscripted to dig in to assist with Shane Jones’ plan for a billion trees to be planted over the next ten years. Forestry New Zealand Head, Julie Collins, said the Afforestation Grant Scheme and joint ventures were two mechanisms to assist the coalition Government’s billion-tree planting programme. Former Beef...

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...

Primary council to realise vision

[30 April/Farmers Weekly] The Government’s recently appointed Primary Sector Council will give it advice on the future direction of the primary sector. Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister, Damien O’Connor, said each sector would work with the council to address strengths, weaknesses and challenges. The council was designed to provide a shared vision of the direction...

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...

Intensive beef operation producing more than just good returns

[10 April/NZ Farmer] According to Fritha Tagg, a Far North beef farmer was not afraid to use the latest technology to good advantage. Six generations had farmed the O’Callaghan farm. Technology has turned the marginal land into a first-class beef-producing farm. Rachelle O’Callaghan, who is the sixth generation on the land, said she never thought...