MEATY MATTERS: Changing markets give confidence

The global market for New Zealand’s meat exports and exporters is undergoing quite a rapid change judging by movements in the industry’s latest quota entitlements and market destinations.

MEATY MATTERS: Hard Brexit dire for meat sector

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV), the body that represents producers, consumers and distributors of meat, has commissioned a report entitled the European Union Meat Industry in a Hard Brexit Scenario – CRISIS.

MEATY MATTERS: Meat firms give clear choice

November used to be the month when we could get a comprehensive idea of the financial state of the meat industry because annual results were published in quick succession by three of the major processors: Alliance, Silver Fern Farms and Affco.

MEATY MATTERS: Overseas ownership a concern

On A recent trip to Australia I read an article about overseas land holdings on that side of the Tasman that illustrates the dramatic growth in Chinese investment in Australian agricultural land. 

MEATY MATTERS: First chilled shipments to China

According to a press release from SFF the company’s first sea container leaves this week for arrival early next month, claimed by the company to be the first sea freight consignment of chilled product to the Chinese market which has only recently opened up to New Zealand meat exporters. 

Plant based burgers fast becoming a reality

The most imminent threat to red meat is a variation on the artificial protein theme with the development of burgers using a protein called soy leghaemoglobin by genetically modifying yeast and using fermentation.

MEATY MATTERS: Hamilton’s tenure has served SFF well

Dean Hamilton’s resignation from Silver Fern Farms after three years as chief executive didn’t exactly come as a surprise but I sense genuine regret at his decision in chairman Rob Hewett’s announcement.

MEATY MATTERS: Australia gets closer to objective carcase measurement

In March I wrote about Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) plan to seek A$150 million from the Australian government to assist with the introduction of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) objective carcase measurement (OCM) technology to all Australian meat plants.