Red meat research challenged

Leading nutritional researchers have raised serious concerns about a study claiming few health benefits exist in reducing red and processed meat consumption.

Meat prices to go higher

Sheep meat and beef exports are forecast to each exceed $4 billion this season, just two years after passing $3b for the first time.

Alliance is aiming for the top

Alliance has signalled a more aggressive stance on moving up the value chain and a nationwide footprint, including possible North Island expansion.

Reform plans created in silos

Environmental changes farmers are being forced to deal with were developed separately rather than in conjunction, Beef + Lamb environmental policy leader Corina Jordan says.

Under-siege farmers must engage

Sheep and beef farmers are under pressure on several regulatory fronts but still need to engage in the process, South Canterbury farming leader Mark Adams says.

Beef prices might go up

Favourable export market conditions and tight domestic supply could push farmgate beef prices higher over the next few months though the bar is already set high.

Sustainability audits are next

Beef farmers will increasingly have to prove their farming systems meet sustainability rules, Rabobank says in its latest quarterly report.

Beef advantage will disappear

The significant tariff advantage beef exporters have had over their American rivals in the Japanese market since the start of this year looks likely to be short-lived.