Pork woes boost beef

Stringent Chinese border controls to stop unofficial meat imports are boosting export prospects for New Zealand beef, Rabobank animal proteins analyst Blake Holgate says.

Big ticket issues facing B+LNZ

The big ticket issues facing agriculture will be a major focus at Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s 2019 annual meeting.

Chairman Andrew Morrison said the meeting is important not only for farmers to take an active part in governance but also to get insights into some of the big issues facing NZ’s sheep and beef sector.

Call surprises agents

The body representing livestock agents is surprised at renewed calls for regulation after it moved to more strictly police the conduct of members just last September.

Lanercost open to all farmers

The first Future Farm is contributing to the rehabilitation of a bruised Canterbury farm and community. Tim Fulton reports.

Planet-saving diet has pitfalls

Richard Rennie examines a report that suggests the world eat far more grains, nuts and beans with less of everything else.

A report from medical journal The Lancet calls for significant shifts in the types of foods people eat.

Farmers act on sustainability

Taihape farmers are exploring ways to ensure environmental sustainability while improving the profits from their sheep and beef farms.

The Taihape Action Group formed under the Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Network, which had its first get-together in July, comprises nine farming businesses within a 50km radius of the central North Island town.

Plenty of cattle left

Stirring international and domestic storms have conspired to undercut bull beef prices.

A combination of falling United States prices in the last two months, processors trying to maintain margins and farmers being careful with stock purchases because of Mycoplasma bovis have reduced demand and prices, AgriHQ market analyst Reece Brick says.