MEATY MATTERS: Upheavals prop up beef prices

Rabobank’s second quarter Beef Quarterly paints a positive picture of global demand and prices for the rest of 2017 in spite or more probably because of a series of upheavals and changes affecting the world’s beef trade.

MEATY MATTERS: All sectors show same confidence

The latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows the highest level of confidence among all agricultural sectors since the survey started in 2003, which is proof of the remarkable success of New Zealand agriculture and commodity prices. 

Fairton closure inevitable, sensible

Wednesday's announcement by Silver Fern Farms of the proposal to close the company’s Fairton plant was in many ways inevitable.

MEATY MATTERS: UK farming looks doomed

Two contrasting publications have each given a pretty damning picture of the state of farming and food production in pre-Brexit UK; and despite the conclusions of the Ferguson Cardo report into the future of British agriculture, it is hard to see how this situation will change for the better without a huge amount of pain on the way. 

MEATY MATTERS: Cautious approach the best bet

Objective carcase measurement (OCM) appears to be the Holy Grail for Meat and Livestock Australia, judging by its plan to borrow A$150 million from the Australian government to fund the installation of dual energy x-ray 3D carcase grading technology (DEXA) in up to 90 slaughterhouses, intended to roll out this year.

MEATY MATTERS: Good trade news for red meat

The visit by Chinese Premier Li Kequiang has been very positive in several ways for New Zealand’s trade agreements, except for those people who are anti free trade or closer engagement with China (Winston Peters?).