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.

Alliance has work still to do on beef prices

Alliance has a lot of work to do to get up to competitive pricing for prime beef and bulls.

“We’re a mile off where we need to be,” chief executive David Surveyor told shareholders in North Canterbury.

Worker shortage hits meat plants

Meat processing plant staff shortages and day-to-day absenteeism are costing Alliance Group about $20 million a year in lost value, chief executive David Surveyor says.

At its biggest site, Lorneville in Invercargill, on any given day about 100 people do not turn up for work, he told shareholders suppliers in Cheviot, North Canterbury, at the first of the group’s new season roadshows.

Lamb, beef export prices hold up

Beef and lamb exports are each expected to exceed $3 billion in receipts for the second year in a row.

Lamb exports are expected to remain at about $3.1b and beef to fall slightly to $3.4b, Beef + Lamb New Zealand says in its new season outlook.