Posts tagged "Silver Fern Farms"

Hey, the kids are alright

[5 October/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms have committed to invest in future red meat sector leaders through its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships, recognising and rewarding excellence. They are offering young people $5,000 to develop their red meat sector careers and capabilities in food and farming. Applications are open for people who wanted to develop...

Desperate South Island meat firms recruit overseas staff

[21 September/The Country] Meat companies in South Canterbury requiring workers are recruiting overseas. Immigration New Zealand allowed Silver Fern Farms to employ 49 overseas workers. ANZCO Foods also had 18 overseas workers permitted. Alliance Smithfield’s Acting Plant Manager, Ivan Docherty, said they were short by around 30 workers. Silver Fern Farms’ Paeroa Plant Manager, Bruce...

Co-op directors getting harder to find: Farmlands chairman

[9 August/NZ Herald] Farmlands Chairman, Lachie Johnstone, said attracting directors for cooperatives was becoming harder. Three seats were up for election as two long serving directors stood down and Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett, seeks another term. Joe Ferraby and David Jensen are standing down. Nominations close on 13 September, and candidates need to...

China positive on NZ chilled meat after year’s trial

[7 May/NZ Farmer] More New Zealand chilled beef and sheepmeat will be sent to China as initial trials appeared to have met Chinese approval. Deputy Secretary-General of the China Meat Association, Gao Guan, said the trials were promising and that China had a shortfall of beef and sheepmeat. The first shipments were headed by Alliance...

Silver Fern Farm’s review will look at directors

[19 April/The Country] A review of Silver Fern Farms constitution will include looking at the tenure of directors on the board, the board size and the ratio of elected to independent directors. Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett, said the review was underway and that governance was the key focus. He added there was a...

Hewett gives tick but wants more

[5 April/Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms CEO, Rob Hewett, said it achieved a profit turnaround but the business remained a work in progress. There will be a dividend payout for co-op shareholders and a throughput reward for throughput shareholders. They had abnormal one off charges of $10.2 million largely due to the closure of the...

Silver Fern Farms ‘drags you in’, says former CEO

 [16 March/The Country] Silver Fern Farm’s Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton, said his four years at the company had flown and that the company is one that drags you in. He announced his decision to resign last July, and Simon Limmer who was previously Zespri International’s Chief Operating Officer will take over the role in the...

Defection Disappoints

[12 March/Farmers Weekly] Anzco General Manager, Grant Bunting, said that a decision by Alliance not to take on a nationwide meat industry farm quality assurance programme would put industry integrity at risk. Alliance will use its own programme rather than the collaborative Farm Assurance Programme (FAP). It was established to enhance consumer confidence. Alliance Chief...

SFF directors challenged

[8 March/Rural Life] Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Limited’s director election has drawn attention due to two candidates challenging two directors. At the company’s annual meeting on April 18, Rob Hewett and Fiona Hancox will retire by rotation however, they are both standing for re-election. The two challenging their positions are Federated Farmers National Board Member,...

Extension to Dargaville chicken farm submission deadline rejected by councils

[6 March/The Country] A Kaipara resident believes people should support a large chicken farm near Dargaville as it would provide much needed jobs and income. A written request to block the proposal has been sent to the Northland Regional Council on behalf of those opposed to Tegel Food’s plan for a chicken farm with more...

Lamb and wool marketers confident

[16 February/Rural Life] Many farmers have been asking the Alliance Group how long lamb prices could be sustained at the recent Southern Field Days, a question Chairman, Murray Taggart, has been responding to be by noting that they feel market fundamentals around the world give them some confidence. Mr Taggart said he had also received...

Dry conditions put pressure on processing plants

[18 December/NZ Farmer] Meat processing plants across the country are working at capacity to accommodate an influx of stock caused by the dry weather the country has experienced in the last six weeks. Alliance Group said the company has been working through drought scenarios and had got all their plants up and running at full...

Silver Fern Farms forecasts record spend

[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...

Ex-Zespri head to lead Silver Fern Farms

[5 December/ Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms has named Zespri Chief Operating Officer, Simon Limmer, as its new Chief Executive. Mr Limmer had worked for Zespri in a variety of general management roles in New Zealand and China, and would take over from Dean Hamilton in March 2018. Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett...

Scott expanding to meet demand

[17 October/ Farmers Weekly] Meat processing automated equipment was the most substantial revenue earner for Scott Technology, as the automation was increasing the value of sheep and beef processors’ meat yields including $4 to $5 for every lamb carcase. Scott Technology experienced a 256 percent increase in meat processing sales in the 2016 year, revenues...

SFF moves to secure quality stock supply

[25 September/ Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms Ltd (SFF) is launching a new shareholder benefits programme to ensure quality livestock in a competitive market. SFF Chairman, Rob Hewett, said the programme oversaw how the co-operative planned to distribute future dividends to shareholders, and additional benefits to shareholders who also supplied SFF. Mr Hewett added...

Upcoming beef, lamb, venison season keeps eye on world markets – Silver Fern

 [22 September/ New Zealand Herald] Silver Fern Farms (SFF) said beef, lamb and venison markets would likely be mixed going into next season. Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said current finished cattle schedules reflect a common supply shortage, however, once volumes increase, assuming currency stability, schedules will change to more accurately reflect end-market conditions. Mr Hamilton...

Warning beef prices too high

[22 September/ Farmers Weekly] The lamb export season is well performing with greater numbers than 2016; however, farmers are being warned on the prices they’re paying for store cattle. Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said farmers paying over $3/kg live weight in the store cattle market needed a scheduled price in the high...

Silver Fern Farms shipping chilled beef to test Chinese market

[25 August/The Country] Silver Fern Farms sent its first shipments of chilled meat to China recently, the first company to use sea-freight containers rather than airfreight. The shipment is part of a six month trial and SFF General Manager Sales, Grant Howie, said the shipment would test the market protocols and supply chain at seaports...

SFF chooses youth scholarship recipients

[19 August/Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms CEO, Dean Hamilton, highlighted the depth of talented young people that had applied for the six Plate to Pasture scholarships that the company has recently awarded. The $5,000 scholarships are offered to young people developing their careers in the red meat, food and farming sector. The 79 applicants...

Silver Fern CEO Dean Hamilton steps down

[29 July/NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms has announced their Chief Executive Dean Hamilton is stepping down at the end of 2017, and the company is seeking a replacement. Mr Hamilton held his executive position for three years and helped it through the Shanghai Maling investment and partnership. Mr Hamilton gave no reason for his resignation;...

Crime groups stealing supermarket meat to sell on black market

[12 July/ Stuff] Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint reported all Silver Fern Farms meat was temporarily removed from shelves at Sylvia Park’s Countdown supermarket after the products were being targeted by thieves. Countdown advised customers that the Silver Fern meat would only be available on request. The products returned to the supermarket shelves shortly after, and...

Silver Fern returns are better this year

[10 July/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Dean Hamilton said the company’s trading performance was materially better than at the same time a year ago. SFF reported an operating loss of $7.5 million in the year to the end of September 2016 due to sharp falls in in-market prices for both sheep...

SFF confirms Fairton closure, loss of 370 jobs

[1 June/ Otago Daily Times] Silver Fern Farms (SFF) Chief Executive Dean Hamilton has confirmed the closure of its Fairton plant, causing 370 job losses. Mr Hamilton said before 2010, Fairton processed over 1 million lambs each season, but that decreased to below 500,000 two seasons ago to just 325,000 in its last season. SFF...