Thursday, December 7, 2023


Costly ingredients drive up chocolate price

Costly ingredients drive up chocolate price

Farmers WeeklyJul 25, 2023
Dairy alone brings some relief as cocoa and sugar costs stay high.

ANZCO completes trifecta for meat exporters

Allan BarberMay 23, 2023
Impressive profits herald favourable market conditions for red meat in foreseeable future

Flood and sediment lessons to learn across catchments

Richard RennieMay 11, 2023
Scientists team up to study effects of silt on highly valuable land, and how to recover from it.

Primary sector has to brace for even faster change

Neal WallaceApr 10, 2023
Once-in-a-generation reset is difficult for all, says think tank head.

A cold carcase camera in action, developed by MEQ.

MEQ shares tools for a new age of carcase data

Neal WallaceMar 30, 2023
MEQ Solutions' probes, scans and cameras measure eating quality of meat and live animals.
Processors step up after cyclone mayhem

Processors step up after cyclone mayhem

Allan BarberMar 23, 2023
Meat plants leapt into action to help contain the toll taken by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Union flags concerns about meat industry migrant system

Union flags concerns about meat industry migrant system

Neal WallaceMar 22, 2023
New Zealand Meat Workers and Related Trades Union says a definition of “skilled migrant worker” is needed.
Worker in milking shed with cows

Poor mating could hit spring milk output

Gerald PiddockMar 15, 2023
The average percentage of cows not in calf, or empty, is around 17.6% – a 1.4% lift across the country.
Meat plants work together on recovery efforts

Meat plants work together on recovery efforts

Farmers WeeklyMar 8, 2023
Full operation vital to restoring farms says MIA.
Two SFF plants still down after cyclone damage

Two SFF plants still down after cyclone damage

Neal WallaceFeb 27, 2023
Inventory has to be shifted to offsite cold stores before a full defrost and clean-up of cold-store rooms.

Flooding and power cuts hit processors in North Island

Neal WallaceFeb 15, 2023
Plants close as Cyclone Gabrielle rattles supply chains.

Labour woes may cost meat industry $600m

Neal WallaceJan 19, 2023
Meat Industry Association and Federated Farmers say more meat workers must be allowed into New Zealand.

Covid infections halts sheep processing

Neal WallaceDec 19, 2022
Sheepmeat processing down by a third as covid infections surge.
Halal butcher move a good ‘first step’

Halal butcher move a good ‘first step’

Farmers WeeklyDec 14, 2022
Addition of specialist Muslim meat processors to Green List welcomed
A good year for meat, but also an outlier

A good year for meat, but also an outlier

Allan BarberDec 1, 2022
Successful trading period does not necessarily mean a repeat any time soon.

Report raises red flag on global food output

Annette ScottOct 7, 2022
Agricultural productivity growth in steep decline around the world.
Brussel sprouts and silverbeet on a supermarket shelf.

Supplier-retailer code of conduct part of supermarket shakeup

Farmers WeeklyMay 30, 2022
A mandatory code of conduct between supermarkets and suppliers along with establishing an industry regulator are among the…
Woman driving tractor with pink wheels

Taking on a dairy farm

Tony BennyMay 30, 2022
A newbie farmer and her contract milker are slowly but surely turning an underperforming farm into a promising one.

Long tail to processing season

Neal WallaceApr 21, 2022
The meat processing season could be up to 12 weeks longer than last year, prolonged by multiple and unexpected challenges.
Covid and supply chain issues slow processing

Covid and supply chain issues slow processing

Neal WallaceApr 19, 2022
The meat processing season could be prolonged by up to 12 weeks by covid infections, supply chain disruptions and the dry weather in the south.

Meatworks automation gathers pace

Hugh StringlemanApr 11, 2022
High meat prices and lack of skilled labour have boosted demand for automation and robotics provider Scott Technology, the listed company based in Dunedin.
A packet of Silver Fern Farm venison fillet

Venison processors juggle capacity due to Omicron

Annette ScottMar 23, 2022
Moving animals off-farm and prioritising animal welfare is the focus for deer farmers, as venison processors struggle with capacity.
Andrew Morrison

Beef genetics programme aims to boost profits

Annette ScottMar 22, 2022
The New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) is set to invest in a ground-breaking beef genetics programme over the next 25 years.
milling wheat resized

Industry weighs impact of tough milling wheat harvest

Annette ScottMar 18, 2022
AS FARMERS move on from one of the most difficult harvest seasons, New Zealand must address its future food security, NZ grain and seed trade association (NZGSTA) general manager Thomas Chin says.
A scene at Australian stock yards

Beef, sheepmeat output rises in Australia

Hugh StringlemanMar 8, 2022
Australian beef production is forecast to be a record A$16.3 billion in 2022-23, as high rainfall across much of the eastern states has led to greater pasture availability and widespread restocking.
Zespri chief executive Daniel Mathieson  and orchard owner Gopa Bains look over the first commercial Zespri RubyRed harvest near Te Puke.

RubyRed kicks off season’s harvest

Richard RennieFeb 18, 2022
The inaugural commercial harvest of Zespri’s new RubyRed variety signals the start of what may prove to be a record-setting crop for the year.
Andrew Fisher crouches down holding his damaged crop of clover.

Dovi wreaks havoc on crops

Annette ScottFeb 16, 2022
Arable farmers are fearing the worst harvest ever, as they desperately look for the sun to shine on their crops.
A close up of a hand picking grass in a paddock.

Growers anxious of harvest conditions

Annette ScottFeb 9, 2022
New Zealand seed exports are booming, with growers experiencing some of the best prices ever, but current harvest conditions are dampening any celebration.
Workers pack meat at a processing plant.

Staffing shortages cause processing delays

Neal WallaceFeb 8, 2022
Farmers already facing up to six weeks delay getting stock killed are being warned to prepare for a longer than usual season as the meat industry continues to struggle with staffing shortages.

Production by numbers

Richard RennieJan 27, 2022
An AgResearch team is using methylomes for aging that may help with identifying animals’ productive rates. The scientists have developed a livestock clock that can accurately predict an animal’s age within the four key livestock species.
Canterbury cropping farmer Chris Rickard stands in his field of kale as behind him Eric Watson harvests it in a header.

Harvest hit by early rains

Annette ScottJan 20, 2022
A spell of ideal harvesting weather has been welcomed but Canterbury cropping farmers are counting the cost of the extended wet period in December that is denting crop yields.

Chatham Rock moves to dicalcium phosphate production

BusinessDeskJan 17, 2022
Chatham Rock Phosphate says it will progress a prefeasibility study for the production of dicalcium phosphate (DCP), from its Korella phosphate projects in Queensland.

China power restrictions impact chemical production

Richard RennieJan 11, 2022
Farmers are being advised to consider alternative cropping options as prospects for an easing of agri-chem shortages dim, thanks to Chinese energy restrictions and the global shipping crisis rolling into the new year.

Fonterra revises milk collection forecast

Farmers WeeklyJan 11, 2022
Variable weather and challenging growing conditions has led to Fonterra revising its milk collection forecast from 1525 million kg milksolids to 1500m kg MS for the 2021-22 season.

Lambing percentages up, but births below average

Neal WallaceDec 10, 2021
A record lamb crop this spring has provided a small counter for a continued decline in ewe numbers.

High hive numbers not helping production

Richard RennieDec 6, 2021
A poor summer and continuous overstocking of beehives in some areas have contributed to a slide in honey production for the 2020-21 season, while honey exports leapt sharply from previous years.
Processing lamb and a meat works

Meat processors juggle throughput

Neal WallaceDec 3, 2021
Farmers are waiting up to three weeks for space to get stock killed as meat companies juggle throughput, labour shortages and access to shipping containers.
Friesian dairy cows graze in a paddock.

Dairy farmers produce ‘more from less’ in record year

Gerald PiddockDec 3, 2021
New Zealand dairy farmers have set a new record for milk production, producing 1.95 billion kilograms of milksolids (MS) for the 2020-21 season.
Workers pack meat at a processing plant.

Industry collaborates to aid covid response

Neal WallaceNov 26, 2021
The country’s largest meat processors have plans to share processing capacity should a plant be forced to close because of covid.
A diary cow eating grass in a field.

Cool cows produce more milk

BusinessDeskNov 15, 2021
Tropical Dairy Group (TDG) has successfully bred a cow that can handle the heat and may also help New Zealand lower its agriculture emissions.
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