Block chain success in meat order

Not sinking knee-deep into a tennis court’s worth of paperwork is one of several upsides meat company head Tony Egan hopes will result from adopting block chain technology for export orders.

Near-record price for Angus bull

Northland breeder Craig Davie-Martin paid a near-record price for the yearling Angus bull he believes will provide the perfect combination of breeding qualities for the sector.

He paid $27,000 to buy the bull from the Stokman Angus sale. 

More bulls selling as yearlings

More and more beef-bred bulls are being are being bought as yearlings and the industry is wondering if and when there will be an impact on the major two-year bull sales.

Farm rescuer protects nature

Kaipara Mayor Dr Jason Smith wants to bring kiwi back to 47ha of regenerating native bush on Greenhill (Rehia) overlooking Ruawai in Northland. He owns the 430ha farm Greenhill in which the reserve is the centre and embodies a blend of history, family, farming and community service that impressed Hugh Stringleman.

Third cut is the highest

Steers sold strongly at Thursday’s Marlborough annual spring cattle sale in Blenheim on Wednesday but heifers were harder to sell.

Courses help women add value

Demand from women for new skills and confidence in their farming businesses shows no sign of abating with a national programme set to scale up for the third successive year.

Track record brings rewards

Major Angus studs like Stern and Te Mania are being rewarded for their focus and balance over many years of breeding, PGG Wrightson Canterbury sales auctioneer John McKone says.

They’re among the studs along with Meadowslea, Kakahu, Woodbank, and Matariki achieving record prices at spring yearling bull sales.

Big demand at on-farm bull sales

Strong confidence levels, more breeding from heifers and nervousness about Mycoplasma bovis have combined to boost yearling and two-year bull prices at on-farm spring sales.

“People want to buy their first-choice bull and are willing to pay up for it,” Meadowslea Angus principal David Giddings said.

New book to help meat farmers

A new resource to help farmers measure their farm business performance has been launched by the Red Meat Profit Partnership.

Hey, the kids are alright

Through its Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships Silver Fern Farms is committing to investing in future red meat sector leaders and recognising and rewarding emerging excellence.

The scholarships offer young people $5000 to develop their red meat sector careers and capabilities in food and farming.