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.

Yearling bull sales take off

Spring yearling bull sales are carrying on from where the upbeat winter two-year sales left-off.

An early Northland sale had a full clearance of 102 young bulls at average prices about $3000 a head, well above last year’s levels and a Wanganui sale of Angus bulls achieved average prices about $2600, a $700 gain over last year.

Call to licence stock agents

Closing arguments begin today in a civil case between the Clark family, which is seeking compensation from Rural Livestock over its claim of missing livestock.

All bulls go in annual sale

Angus yearling bulls sold readily to mostly Northland dairy farmers at the 30th annual Te Atarangi Angus on-farm sale for vendors Chris and Karren Biddles at Te Kopuru on the Pouto Peninsula.

Beef solid but bumpy

An expected surge in United States domestic beef supply hasn’t occurred yet but continuing drought in many important grazing states means it is still coming.

Strong beef pricing has also helped the market as many farmers sent animals away for processing earlier and lighter than usual, Rabobank’s New Zealand animal proteins analyst Blake Holgate said.