Action groups are still growing

More than 700 farm businesses have joined Red Meat Profit Partnership Action Network Groups with more than half them in three regions.

Most groups have been formed in Waikato-Bay of Plenty with 133, Canterbury 118 and Otago 114.

Allied Farmers still rebuilding

Allied Farmers continues to rebuild financial strength though its operating earnings are marginally lower in the latest year.

Operating cashflows are down as the livestock division traded well with a strong second-half offsetting weaker first-half trading but overall not up to the previous year’s earnings levels. Meat processing returns were also lower.

Feedlot poses no M bovis spread risk

Canterbury's Five Star Beef feedlot has been issued with a Notice of Direction after being suspected of having Mycoplasma bovis following an intake of 44 cattle from a supplier who has subsequently been found to have Mycoplasma bovis.

Sheepmeat and beef levies to increase

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Board has decided to proceed with the proposed increase in the sheepmeat and beef levies following significant support from farmers.

NZ holds fire on Indonesia

New Zealand is keeping its trade retaliation guns holstered for the time being in its billion-dollar beef dispute with Indonesia.

Sun shines on Blue Sky

Blue Sky Meats achieved first-quarter earnings not far short of the results for the previous full year.

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.