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.

Rural Livestock accepts ruling

The stock firm caught up in a long-running legal dispute over cattle transactions accepts the High Court ruling in favour of a client and agrees with the judgment that a handshake to cement a deal is no longer appropriate.

Grinch hits Silver Fern earnings

Father Christmas failed to turn up in December when poor trading had a material impact on Silver Fern Farms’ annual earnings as the group staffed its processing plants for lamb supply that didn’t arrive.