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My Daily Digest: March 15, 2021

Flock numbers take a hit as kill numbers rise  The Climate Change Commission recommended that New Zealand’s livestock numbers might have to drop by 15% to meet emissions targets. Well, it seems sheep farmers might be taking that to heart and getting the ball rolling themselves.

The mutton kill is well underway and is up on previous years, with many breeders perhaps looking to free up some of the capital tied up in their flocks.

The breeding ewe flock is down to 16.9 million from 17.8m just a couple of years ago.

Still, in terms of emissions profiles, sheep are pretty attractive and the current trend could be a result of good returns. Commentators say in the big picture, high lamb numbers this year mean productivity gains are playing a part too.

They say NZ was built upon the sheep’s back. In future we’re still going to need them to shoulder some of the burden.


Bryan Gibson


Northland farmer project exceeds expectation

More than 400 livestock farmers have been engaged in Northland’s Extension 350 programme, which is about one-quarter of the dairy, sheep and beef farms in the province.



Rural Sports Awards winners announced

Target shooter Stephanie McNair was awarded the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Supreme Award at the weekend.



Greenlea enter bone broth market

Greenlea hopes to mimic the success of the United States’ lucrative bone broth tonic market in New Zealand after constructing its own broth extraction plant at its processing facility in Morrinsville.



Kill rate sparks breeding flock concern

A high mutton kill has commentators worried the country’s core ewe breeding flock could take a sharp fall.



New tax rules are ‘flawed’

New taxation rules will create uncertainty and compliance costs to virtually every farm sales, warns Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).


Tonight on Sarah’s Country: News Maker Monday


Concern continues over the lack of viable alternatives for farrowing crates and imported pork with no country of origin labelling. New Zealand Pork chief executive David Baines shares his frustrations. 

We also discuss global food prices surging ahead, which show no sign of slowing in 2021. Rabobank senior commodity analyst Charles Clack outlines the implications for NZ agri producers. 

While it’s dry for most of NZ, some rain/showers are expected in the North Island. RuralWeather’s Phil Duncan has the latest long-range weather forecast. 

Kiwifruit pay rates have also lifted, but is automation the way forward? NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated chief executive Nikki Johnson joins us.

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