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My Daily Digest: November 23, 2020

The future is now  Melissa Clark-Reynolds’ time on the Beef + Lamb NZ board is coming to an end, but one hopes her fresh thinking will live on in the sector.

Food producers arguably face more disruptions than at any other time.

If the industry is to flourish, it will take leaders willing to embrace change and who are willing to make difficult decisions.

A decade from now menus and shopping lists will probably be a lot different than they are today. In twenty years’ time, even more so.

Sticking our heads in the sand when faced with the likes of Impossible Burgers and Sunfed Chicken is not a recipe for success.

B+LNZ is putting in the work to understand the future of protein consumption and hopefully that’ll lead to a strategy that keeps NZ red meat relevant, admired and sought-after globally.

One thing is certain, deriding and dismissing those who choose to widen their palates to include novel proteins is a surefire path to irrelevance.


Bryan Gibson


Challenges ahead but opportunities abound

Melissa Clark-Reynolds is stepping down from her role as independent director at Beef + Lamb NZ at the end of the year, but she is excited about the future of the primary sector. 



Award recognises Māori horticultural excellence

Usually the domain of dairy or sheep and beef farmers, for the first time in its 87-year history, the Ahuwhenua Trophy awarded for excellence in Māori agribusiness, has been won by a horticultural operation, with Te Kaha 15B Hineora Orchard claiming the top prize.



More wind in the sails of wool

The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) has opened the door for new investors in its bid to raise $12.6 million and ensure the company is well capitalised to weather the post-covid storm.



Ruralco to pay bonus rebate

Despite a difficult trading year, Ruralco will pay its owners a bonus rebate.



Training targets farm freshwater plans

As farm freshwater plans are set to become part of industry requirements following the Government’s Essential Freshwater reforms, Massey University has created short courses to meet what will be a growing demand for training in the area.



Tonight on Sarah’s Country:  

7:10pm – What is the natural competitive advantage we have on the rest of the world? Property Brokers’ rural general manager Conrad Wilkshire discusses the recent Rural Investment Seminar.  

7:20pm – A High Court judge ruled farrowing crates and mating stalls unlawful. Animal welfare scientist for NZ Pork Kirsty Chidgey discusses what they intend to do about it.  

7:30pm – Recent research suggests that beef farming could significantly reduce greenhouse gasses by folding calf production into the dairy-beef sector. Agfirst agribusiness consultant Bob Thomson explains.  

7:40pm – Alliance Group is keeping a close watch after China rebuked the Five Eyes network. Alliance Group chair Murray Taggart will explain what this means for one of our major meat exporters.  

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