Meat sector aiming high

A national brand for meat supported by a story detailing New Zealand farming practices will be released within the next few months to spearhead the sector’s response to the growth of competing artificial protein.

Cattle prices remain steady

Tightening domestic supplies and improving export returns will combine to help to support cattle prices, Rabobank analyst Blake Holgate says.

At the same time, however, the strengthening of the New Zealand dollar against the United States dollar, up nearly 6% since the start of December is seen as a factor that will continue to create headwinds for processors so prices will remain relatively stable over the next three months.

NZ will get beef tariff benefit

Despite the August 1 tariff hike from 38.5% to 50% on frozen beef, Japan’s imports have continued rising year-on-year.

Japan Ministry of Finance figures  show a 26% year-on-year rise for total imports of frozen beef in the August-December period, from 911,419.04 tonnes in 2016 to 1,149,882.16 tonnes last year. 

High kill lowers stock numbers

A lower and flatter peak livestock processing season looks certain after very high kill levels in the three months to the end of December.

Lamb kill numbers were up 13% and mutton numbers up 15% for the quarter compared to a year earlier, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand figures. 

The total cattle kill for the quarter was also up 15% and in that the cow kill was up 33% as farmers culled more in widespread dry conditions. Bulls were up 23%.

New beef product on the cards

Fast-growing dairy-beef steers slaughtered at about 12 months of age could be the basis of a new-generation beef product range.

Rearing those cattle for the beef industry could address some of the concerns in the rural-urban divide about the two million annual bobby calf slaughter, Massey University researcher Nicola Schreurs said.

SFF board seats open

Silver Fern Farms directors Rob Hewett and Fiona Hancox will seek re-election to the board when their terms expire in April.

Other nominations are being sought for the two positions and must be in by March 5.

Anzco gets a new chairman

Big Japanese meat company Itoham Yonekyu is sending one of its top executives to Christchurch to chair the New Zealand subsidiary Anzco Foods.

Kazuhiko (Sam) Misonou will become chairman on April 1 on the retirement of Anzco founder Sir Graeme Harrison. 

Markets in danger

New Zealand is at risk of causing global market jitters if its biosecurity doesn’t stand up to international scrutiny, Anzco livestock and agribusiness general manager Grant Bunting says.

Farm sales see land reverting to beef

An early trend towards dairy farmland in parts of Northland and the fringes of Waikato reverting to beef and dairy support activities is continuing, Real Estate Institute rural spokesman Brian Peacocke says.

Pest moth in full flight

The red clover pest casebearer moth has flown the coup and spread across New Zealand.



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