Angus NZ sees silver lining in breeders’ Aus switch

Angus New Zealand is disappointed a group of NZ breeders has decided to move their pedigree and performance recording to Angus Australia, but the NZ breed society is confident that its future is bright, president John Cochrane says.

Red meat must back claims

Farmers should not fear plants and the emergence of plant-based alternatives. 

Instead these foods should be seen as a competitor to red meat in the same way chicken or pork are, a panel of experts told farmers at the FarmSmart Conference organised by Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

Team work pays off for SFF

Meat company Silver Fern Farms has successfully weathered a year of turmoil to report profits for the year to December 31 that are consistent with its 2019 result.

CCC submissions flood in

Methane reduction targets remain a contentious issue for the livestock sector, which is critical of Climate Change Commission recommendations for an even steeper reduction pathway than proposed in the Zero Carbon Act.

Cows, calves sold at dispersal

After a false start last year, courtesy of covid-19 disrupting the selling season, Rangatira Angus were finally able to host their mixed-age cow and calf dispersal. On March 22, 244 lots achieved full clearance on Coventry Station.

Investing in consumers’ trust

Meat companies are using the Taste Pure Nature brand alongside their own brands as they target environmentally-conscious foodie consumers.

B+LNZ defend rules approach

Beef + Lamb NZ is defending its dealings with the Government in the face of farmers claiming they are not being hard-nosed enough.

FEPs not something to fear

Every sheep and beef farmer will be required to have a farm environment plan (FEP) by 2025, but officials stress it is not as onerous as it sounds.