Where are all the lambs?

The next two weeks might confirm the lamb kill season as one of the smallest on record.

Lamb exports still strong

Lamb margins are better than predicted with fewer lambs and favourable exchange rates helping keep export returns strong.

Doubts persist on lamb numbers

Uncertainty over the number of lambs remaining to be processed for export this season is a challenge to pricing expectations, GlobalHQ analyst Mel Croad says.

British sales still expanding

Alliance is still expanding its high-end food service sector business in Britain despite an unclear Brexit picture what its impact will be.

Lamb prices too high

Winter lamb contracts are coming into play and at close to $8 a kilogram are boosting confidence for a repeat of last winter’s buoyant prices.

Winter contracts at $7.90/kg and spring contracts between $7.40 and $7.60/kg are surfacing in the South Island but the larger processors are yet to come to the table in the North Island.

Brexit hiatus gives breathing room

The meat industry is once again facing a Brexit deadline in the middle of one of its major selling windows for chilled lamb exports to Britain.

Halfbreds come off the hills at full price

Maniototo farmers cleared the decks in grand fashion ahead of the start of the duck-shooting season.

The famous Last Muster Sale at Waipiata sale yards near Ranfurly on Tuesday brought in a record 20,500 lambs from the hills, newly weaned, very well presented and they sold very well, PGG Wrightson Otago livestock manager John Duffy said.

Otago farm's food award

The Crutchley family from Maniototo high country have claimed a top award in this year’s Food Producer Awards with their Provenance lamb.
The family’s Provenance brand won the Ara Wines Paddock Champion Award for a lamb product judges praised for its juiciness, moistness and good flavours. 

Store lamb volume rising to meet demand

The store lamb market has changed up a gear with entries at most yards lifting in the past few weeks. Feilding is leading the way and, as reported in our LivestockEye Feilding report, the last three weeks, to the week ending April 5, were the busiest in AgriHQ records since April 2014 with 66,000 lambs sold.

UK lamb tariffs ‘won’t happen’

Britain won’t put tariffs on New Zealand lamb imports to protect its own industry against Brexit woes, European marketing consultant Richard Brown says.

“It won’t happen.”