MEATY MATTERS: High-value exports need assurance

Since its start date of July 1 2017 the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme has generated a high uptake by processors and producers with a significant level of success. 

According to Red Meat Profit Partnership project manager Pat Turton nearly 3000 farms are registered and more than 80% of them have already been audited. 

MEATY MATTERS: No need to panic over Brexit

In spite of the fast-approaching deadline of March 29 when Britain is due to leave the European Union, not to mention the latest shipment date able to meet that deadline, there might be no need to get too concerned.

MEATY MATTERS: Pace of change getting quicker

Perhaps it’s my advancing age but it seems as though the changes facing agriculture demand ever faster reactions and responses to stay ahead or even just to keep pace with a whole series of challenges: public expectation, government regulation, consumer tastes, changing climate patterns and new technologies as well as the usual ones like finances, human resources and health pressures, both physical and mental.

MEATY MATTERS: Alliance puts spin on poor result

It was a profit but, as Alliance chairman Murray Taggart said “We don’t budget to make $8 million on turnover of $1.8 billion”.

The just-announced 2018 result compared with the previous year’s operating profit of $20.2m though after pool payments the 2017 profit was only 11% higher than this year’s. 

MEATY MATTERS: Structure kills Fonterra growth

Fonterra's trials and tribulations have led to a rising crescendo of criticism of the co-operative’s performance since the release of the 2018 annual report. 

Declining share value and dividend payments, fluctuating milk price, inadequate return on capital, failure to match international and domestic competitors’ financial performance, failed investments, rising debt ratio and overpaid staff are the most notable criticisms.

MEATY MATTERS: Strong progress on origin brand

Red meat origin brand Taste Pure Nature is on track to be launched early next year in California, more specifically in the target cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the full support of parties across the industry.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat firms can’t blame others

Seven years ago, the last time lamb prices were as high as they have been for the last 12 months, overseas customers suddenly decided enough was enough and turned off the tap, causing a sharp drop in price that reached its low point of less than $4.50 a kilo more than a year later.

MEATY MATTERS: Japan a country of contrasts

After three weeks on holiday in Japan I am still reeling from the enormous contrast to any other country I have ever visited. 

When I first went there on business 40 years ago I was getting used to life in New Zealand after migrating from the United Kingdom so probably didn’t register the size of the contrast, apart from the total lack of any street signs in English and the politeness of the people. 

MEATY MATTERS: Multi-pronged approach to strategy

Since announcing its environment strategy in May, the Beef + Lamb New Zealand team responsible for developing the plans, processes and tools to help farmers achieve the ambitious goals of being carbon neutral by 2050 and every farm having an active farm plan by 2021 has been working flat out to get the right farm planning systems in place.