We must become the world’s deli

Ashburton farmer Gabrielle Thompson has become the first appointed farmer director of Silver Fern Farms in a move designed to ensure succession and development of skills around the board table. She talked to Annette Scott.

Bull sale kicks off busy week

It's going to be busy in Manawatu next week with the PGG Wrightson Livestock National Hereford Sale on Tuesday and the annual Beef + Lamb AgInnovation conference the next day.

Studs join in for bull walk

Bull buyers are being promised value, variety and volume at next week’s King Country Big Bull Walk.

“That’s our tagline. We’re a big area and we’re telling buyers from outside King Country that if they come to our sales they will find something that suits them,” co-ordinator Tracey Neal said.

High-country steers the stars

Weaner steers sold very strongly at the annual Coalgate high-country calf sale in Canterbury on Wednesday.

A lot of calves sold for moe than $3.70/kg and up to just over $4 as buyers sought high-quality offerings from farm stations that have built excellent reputations.

SFF links payout to supply goals

Silver Fern Farms Co-operative will use its patronage reward payout to build committed livestock supply to its 50%-owned operating business.

Meat bonanza

Hang on for the ride, New Zealand – the African swine fever disaster breaking down pork supply in China is creating a huge opening for sheep meat and beef producers, special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen says.

SFF targets $30m a year profit

Silver Fern Farms has set ambitious earnings targets for the next five years after performing below expectations last year.

Tags keep track of stock

The development of cattle ear tags, animal tracking and recycling has been taken to a new level by an Australian company.

Queensland-based Moovement has developed a GPS ear tag weighing 35 grams, updates the location of the tag-wearing beast every hour and has a built-in solar panel for recharging the battery.

Taste Pure gets bite at Big Apple

A free, big-screen advertisement in the middle of Times Square in New York was a bonus for Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s conscious foodie promotion.

Weaner buyers in paradise

Buyers drove into the Upper Clutha high country for Tuesday’s annual weaner sales and made the most of the sunny conditions, buying good calves at good prices.