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.

B+LNZ wants names, remits for meeting

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is seeking nominations for two director roles and one position on its directors’ independent remuneration committee. 

Directors Kirsten Bryant (Western North Island) and Bill Wright (Central South Island) and DIRC member David Nelson will be retiring by rotation. 

Cattle buyers remain cautious

Buyer caution after paying high prices last year for yearling cattle they still hold affected the Matawhero spring sale in Gisborne.

Prices at Tuesday’s sale matched the general market rather than setting the market as they do typically.

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.