Demand drives need for finishers

A 30% increase in demand for First Light Wagyu beef has led the Hawke’s Bay company to look for more farmers to finish its cattle.

Massey finds a new model for baby beef

Twin drivers of environmental and welfare pressure on farmers when dealing with bobby calves prompted Massey University researchers to explore options that will also deliver an economic return to farmers.

Bull breeder strikes Irish deal

A Canterbury Hereford stud has sold semen from one of its bulls to Ireland now Tararua Breeding Centre is licensed to collect and export bull beef semen to Europe.

China’s beef demand is growing

China's huge and growing appetite for beef is spilling over into trimmings as the numbers of quick service restaurants multiplies, Rabobank animal protein analyst Blake Holgate says.

Anzco makes record sales but suffers a loss

Record sales of $1.65 billion last year did not translate to a profitable year for meat company Anzco Foods, which recorded an after-tax loss of $26.9 million.

Action group helps vet’s work

Rural vet Ginny Dodunski says her Red Meat Profit Partnership facilitator training is proving valuable in her work as well as for the action group she is working with.

She is now facilitating an RMPP group of farm businesses.

Women ready to meat challenge

Ashley Gray is passionate about creating impactful initiatives and has been instrumental in launching Meat Business Women in New Zealand. She talked to Annette Scott about her passion for women in the meat sector.

Focus on calving ease

Ensuring his clients get good quality live calves on the ground is the name of the game for Rangitikei bull breeder Ed Sherriff.

Sherriff, who operates Pine Park Angus stud near Marton, is holding the stud’s 18th annual on-farm sale on Thursday.

Sale line-up best yet

This year’s line-up of cattle and packages available at Maungahina Stud’s annual sale on Thursday is one the strongest yet with Mark McKenzie, who took over the stud from his father Bruce in 2006, describing it as an outstanding offering.

Guts, butts and nuts

Bulls for sale at Glenbrae Stud’s annual are the complete package, owners Martin and Mary Taylor say.

Their breeding programme focuses on guts, butts and nuts along with maternal excellence.