Posts tagged "Landcorp"

Deer milk industry in the pipeline

[12 April/Dairy News] Landcorp is working on creating a deer milk industry. Landcorp General Manager of Dairy Operations, Mark Julian, said it was early days and that it was different to the sheep milk industry which had products on the market. He added the project was mainly research and development and that they were looking...

Landcorp’s half-year profit falls 42 percent following volatile weather

[5 March/NZ Farmer] Landcorp’s profit after tax has fallen 42 percent to $21.9 million for the first six months of the year. Landcorp’s Chief Executive, Steven Carden, predicted full year EBITDA would be between $33 and $38 million. He added that this was a good result given the spring and summer conditions when record rainfall...

Landcorp to keep farms under new government

[26 February/National Business Review] New Zealand’s largest farmer Landcorp has been given assurance the new government won’t proceed with a National Party plan to sell many of its farms to young farmers. The policy was announced by the National Government during the election campaign, giving SOE’s Chairwoman, Traci Houpapa, only four hours’ notice of its...

Landcorp launches safety programme after deaths

[6 December/ Radio NZ] Landcorp had launched a health and safety programme to try and reduce the high number of deaths and accidents in the sector. The programme was a joint venture between Landcorp and Wilson Consulting Group of Australia and aimed to get farmers on short courses around the country. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven...

Ospri bans the use of quad bikes by workers and contractors from January

[27 November/ Stuff] Government agency, Ospri has banned the use of quad bikes by its workers and contractors from January 2018 due to safety concerns. The Department of Conservation had already stopped its staff from using the bikes, while Landcorp had taken 200 quad bikes off farms and replaced them with safer vehicles. Quad bikes...

Landcorp records a $50 million profit

[21 November/ Rural News Group] Landcorp has reported an after-tax profit of $51.9 million for the year to August 31. In its 2017 annual report, asset values increased to $1.81 billion in 2016-17 and debt fell from $219.6 million to $206.9 million. Recently re-branded as Pāmu Farms of New Zealand, Chief Executive Steve Carden said...

Sheep and beef farming is about love not meat business

[6 November/ Stuff] Beef + Lamb New Zealand Director Melissa Clark-Reynolds said farmers could meet higher consumer expectations regarding animal and environmental welfare if they considered themselves as in the love business rather than the meat business. Ms Clark-Reynolds said this would ensure farmers produce the highest quality meat possible. Beef + Lamb New Zealand...

Dairy farming critic Alison Dewes appointed Landcorp environment head

[6 November/Stuff] State-owned enterprise Landcorp have appointed Veterinarian and Ecologist Dr Alison Dewes to the new position of Head of Environment. Ms Dawes was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards...

Landcorp profit rises to $51.9m following better prices for milk, beef and venison

[31 August/ Stuff] Landcorp’s after-tax profit increased to $51.9 million on revenue of $233.5m for the year ended June 30. This is due to better milk, beef and venison returns and compares to an after-tax profit last year of $11.5m. The operating profit was $5.7m, compared to a loss of $9.4m last year. Landcorp will...

Palm kernel imports drop sharply as farmers adjust to lower milk prices

[3 Feb/ New Zealand Herald] New Zealand imports of palm kernel expeller (PKE) decreased by about one third in 2016, coming to 1.5 million tonnes in 2016 after 2.2 and 2.12 million tonnes were imported in 2015 and 2014 respectively. AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said farmers were cost-aware, notwithstanding that the increasing Fonterra milk...

Farmers’ health and safety group launches

 [24 November/ Radio NZ] Some of the biggest names in New Zealand agriculture have launched a new health and safety group in an effort to make farming safer. The new Agricultural Leaders’ Health and Safety Action Group consisted of 24 founding members who have committed to learn from each other’s experiences in health and safety...

PKE-free milk: new craze or passing promotion?

 [17 November/ Dairy News] Lewis Road Creamery founder, Peter Cullinane, told Rural News that he is talking to Landcorp about obtaining certified PKE-free milk to enable all the company’s products to be PKE-free. Landcorp CEO, Steven Carden, said in August that the company would cease feeding PKE to its 78,000 cows, noting that PKE is...

Farm sales part of adding value

 [19 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven Carden said the organisation’s decision to sell nine of its 40 farms was part of a move to become a supplier of value added products. Mr Carden explained that this meant growing its Pamu brand and diversifying into sheep milk, deer milk, cropping and horticulture which...

Greenpeace: Landcorp dropping palm feed is a ‘wake-up call’ for Fonterra

[8 August/ TVNZ] Landcorp has announced that it would phase out the use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) on its farms after June 2017. Landcorp Chief Executive Officer, Steven Carden said the move would be virtually cost-neutral. PKE was used on many New Zealand farms as a cheap feed supplement during winter and in seasonal...

Landcorp launches first Pamu-branded product in New Zealand

 [30 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand consumers can now purchase Landcorp’s Pamu-branded venison, the first of its products available in the country. The venison would only be available through home delivery with a minimum of 4 kilograms having to be bought. Landcorp Chief Executive, Steven Carden said the company had been selling venison...

Landcorp Ruapehu wins Supreme Award for 2016 Dairy Business of the Year

[24 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Landcorp’s Ruapehu Farm has been named the supreme winner of the Dairy Business of the Year competition for 2016. The farm also won three category awards including the Environment Award, Best Farm in Manawatu, and Best Return on Farm for a high input farm. Landcorp Ruapehu Farm Manager, Glenn...

Complacency costing NZ agriculture

 [21 June/ Rural News] According to the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, complacency and the inability to keep up with the pace of change in the world was a huge threat facing New Zealand’s primary sector. KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot said many people in New Zealand’s primary sector believed that the country would continue...

Winner, Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year

[16 June/ The New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators Media Release] DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle has won the 2016 Landcorp Agricultural Communicator of the Year award. The award came with $2,500, the most valuable prize the Guild offered. Guild President, Ali Spencer said Mr Mackle was highly regarded among farmers and stood...

Primary sector leader ‘humbled’ by award

[6 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Chris Kelly, best known for his previous role as CE of Landcorp,  said he was humbled by the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit bestowed on him in the Queen’s Birthday honours. Mr Kelly said he was proud to be part of a wonderful industry which was...

Cash tap turned off for Landcorp

 [24 May/ Rural News] Finance Minister, Bill English said State Owned Entities (SOEs) would now have to go through a rigorous process before the Government made new investments in them. Mr English added that Landcorp was a poor investment producing low returns and therefore the Government would not invest any further money in the state...

Landcorp wool destined for premium Australian carpets

 [9 May/ Rural News] Landcorp and The New Zealand Merino Company have signed a contract to supply wool to Australia’s Prestige Carpets. The agreement would see 120 tonnes of wool despatched to Australia. Prestige Carpets General Manager, Simon Longton said the company chose to partner with Landcorp due to their fibre integrity and leading environmental...

No prosecution over Cape Foulwind Farm death

[28 April/ NZ Herald] Worksafe has decided not to prosecute Landcorp for the death of a dairy assistant on a quad bike last year. The fatality was only the second death related to quad bikes in Landcorp’s 27 year history. A Worksafe spokeswoman said they were unable to provide details of their decision until the...

Landcorp scales back Wairakei dairy conversion plan

 [7 March/ NZ Herald] Landcorp Chief Executive, Steve Carden said the company would save over $25 million by scaling back its plans to turn former forestry land into 39 dairy farms in Wairakei Estate in the central North Island. Mr Carden said the state owned company would use the 14,500 hectares of forestry land for...

Academy to create NZ’s next generation of dairy farmers

 [29 February/ Radio NZ Rural] A new Dairy Academy has been opened to help create New Zealand’s next generation of dairy farmers. The programme was a joint venture between Shanghai Pengxin Group and Landcorp Farming Limited. Nine students have enrolled in the fully funded training programme that would see them gain practical experience at the...