Partial win in stock deals claim

Cattle trader Ross Clark and family have been awarded about $270,000 plus interest and partial costs in a damages claim against Rural Livestock.

The south Otago family claimed more than $800,000 from Rural over a complicated series of livestock deals in 2015-16.

Anzco automates

Anzco's $10 million automated cutting project at the Rangitikei meat processing plant in the lower North Island is now in full production.

The new equipment replaced five band saws.

Weaners down in price

Weaners sold in North Island sale yards over the past month have been back $50 to $200 a head on prices paid in autumn last year, which was one out of the box.

Beef and lamb campaign chases conscious foodies

Up to 16 million conscious foodies in California are the target of a major new beef and lamb marketing project.

The aim is to make New Zealand top-of-mind for a group passionate about the idea of grass-fed red meat and wanting to know where it comes from.

Brexit debacle sparks disbelief

Exporters are watching in disbelief as the clock counts down to Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union at the end of this week.

As Farmers Weekly went to press on Friday the British Prime Minister Theresa May was pressing her case with European leaders to push the departure date out to the end of June.

$2 levy for beef’s M bovis response

Beef farmers look set for a $2 a head levy to pay for the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme.

The levy will be a short-term measure, Beef + Lamb chairman Andrew Morrison told the annual meeting in Timaru.

Farmers must fight back now

Farmers need to engage emotionally with their sector’s environmental critics, highlighting their links to the land, Fairlie Basin farmer Mark Adams told Beef + Lamb’s annual meeting in Timaru.

TBfree has its end goal in sight

Beyond the long view over rolling hill country above Kawhia Harbour on the Waikato coast Chris Irons can see the future.

“I am looking forward to the day when risk-based testing will mean we no longer have to test our herd for TB,” he says.

Cattle peak may be close

The North Island cattle kill is starting to ease after a huge last four to six weeks, Affco national livestock manager Tom Young says.

“Suddenly, it got hot and dry and every farmer decided to kill at once – a lot of bulls, a lot of prime and dairy cows as well.”

Mt Horrible is a showcase farm

Many aspects of the Hayward family’s farm business are complementary.

Based at Mt Horrible on the outskirts of Timaru, the family runs a highly productive, large-scale cropping and livestock enterprise on a mix of owned and leased land spread around the district.