MEATY MATTERS: Levy rise targets vital work

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is doing a four-week consultation with members as it seeks approval for a modest increase in levies to promote the Red Meat Story through the Taste Pure Nature origin brand, help farmers lift their environmental performance, tell the farmer story and improve its capability to address biosecurity risks.

MEATY MATTERS: Customers demand green farming

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s environment strategy, launched last month, has the vision for sheep and beef farmers to become world-leading stewards of the natural environment and sustainable communities.

MEATY MATTERS: Taste Pure Nature excites farmers

There is an air of excitement among farmers about the launch of Taste Pure Nature, the result of an exhaustive research and brand design programme by the market development team at Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

MEATY MATTERS: Trees attractive but do checks

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northland annual showcase field day in April on James Parsons’ steep hill country farm provided a good insight into the benefits and challenges of planting trees.

MEATY MATTERS: Farm industry structures suit us

Fonterra's half year result, while disappointing, underlines the importance of maintaining a solid operating performance and at the same time being cautious with milk price forecasts.

MEATY MATTERS: Free trade trumps protection

It's ironic the same week the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership was signed American President Donald Trump proudly announced new tariffs on steel and aluminium that threaten to undermine the World Trade Organisation’s function as the global regulator of international trade.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat firms need clear purpose

When I heard KPMG’s global agribusiness head Ian Proudfoot on the radio stating the move away from meat to alternative proteins is happening permanently and quickly and meat companies need to wake up,

MEATY MATTERS: Just how much meat do we eat?

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics is a quotation Mark Twain attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. 

Over three weeks a newspaper is doing an investigation into how environmental concerns are putting the heat on meat.