Bulls bred for commercial farmers

Beef farmers John and Johnnie McFadzean are responding to demand and holding an auction of affordable, quality bulls as a result of the breeding programme for their commercial beef operation.

Our farmed meat is a green food

Exporters are not shy in promoting New Zealand red meat as grass-fed and free-range but recent studies by Oxford and Otago Universities have lumped our system in with feedlots to claim the industry is environmentally degrading and unsustainable. Neal Wallace investigates the true environmental impact of grass-fed beef.

Synthetics a threat and opportunity

A survey of 17 sheep and beef farmers found synthetic proteins aren’t seen as a high risk to New Zealand food producers. 

SFF changing its rules

Shareholders will vote next month on whether to accept changes to the constitution of Silver Fern Farms co-operative.

Our farming not yet where it needs to be

Primary Industry Council chairman Lain Jager has challenged farmers to think about their future and decide what sort of food producers they want to be in the next 30 years.

Others move on protein protection

The United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Union have tightened controls on what food products can use terms traditionally associated with meat and dairy but the New Zealand sectors are yet to move.

Plants must complement meat in diets

Dietary guidelines have always stressed three-quarters of food intake should be derived from plants, Beef + Lamb New Zealand nutrition head Fiona Greig says.

Consistent performer helps others

The Cookson family are at the true heart of Northland’s beef finishing industry beside State Highway 1 at Kawakawa and consistently producing carcaseweight yield and financial results well above the provincial average. Their pursuit of knowledge from hosting trials and research projects energises the Cooksons and draws hundreds of farmers to their field days. Hugh Stringleman went along.

Report damns pastoral red meat

New Zealand’s grass-fed, red meat system has been damned in an academic report calling for steps to reduce the consumption of meat because of health concerns and the impact of its production on the environment.