Category Archives: Agribusiness

Can strong wool find a new El Dorado?

There are opportunities for strong wool based on quality and sustainability but it needs action plus applied R&D rather than more reports There was a time when strong wool was used widely for garments. That included woollen underwear, woollen shirts, … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Uncategorized, Wool | 4 Comments

Is regenerative agriculture the real deal

Regenerative agriculture is in vogue as a concept but what does it really mean? I often get asked my opinion about regenerative agriculture.  My standard rejoinder is to ask what does the questioner mean by ‘regenerative agriculture’? That typically gets … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, greenhouse gases, Land and water, Water | 18 Comments

Government’s food and fibre reset report lacks a core

The Government’s new food and fibre reset document is PR aspirational fluff. The hard work remains to be done On July 7 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern released the Government’s document “Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential”. … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, forestry, horticulture | 6 Comments

North-East Asian markets as alternatives to China

In a recent article, I explained the ‘what, how and why’ of China becoming dominant as New Zealand’s key trading partner. Primarily, it was about the emergence in China of new consumers with increasing spending power and an increased desire … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, Dairy, Market diversification | 7 Comments

COVID-19 and New Zealand’s agriculltural trade

Despite any attempts to diversify away from China, exports to China will be increasingly important in coming months as much of the world descends into increasing turmoil With COVID-19 now dominating all of our lives, it was easy to decide … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, COVID-19, Dairy, Fonterra, Meat Industry | 6 Comments

The COVID-19 black swans keep bearing down

It’s only fifteen days since I wrote about the coronavirus black swan. In that time, both nothing and everything has changed. In that time there has been no scientific breakthrough of a treatment or vaccine. Shockingly high transmission rates in … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, COVID-19, Dairy, forestry, Meat Industry | 6 Comments

COVID-19 is a black swan

COVID-19 is the black swan event that no-one saw coming. There is no precedent and so historical models tell us very little as to either the global health implications or the global economic implications. Much of the commentary we are … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, China, COVID-19, Dairy, Meat Industry | 18 Comments

Declining dairy assets, high debt and land-use change

In recent weeks I have been writing about dairy-farm debt and declining asset values. In this article I pose the question as to whether or not we can expect to see a significant number of dairy farms convert to other … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, Meat Industry, Rural Finance | 8 Comments

Artificial-food debate needs science, not science fiction

In recent months I have received many emails asking if I have seen the RethinkX report  demonstrating how in ten years’ time animal proteins will have been largely replaced by artificial foods. By 2030, demand for cattle products will supposedly … Continue reading

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Declining dairy farm values are likely to continue

Dairy farm values have been declining now for well over a year and there is no sign they will stabilise. The key issue is a lack of buyers with the necessary finance. The implications are starting to get serious. There … Continue reading

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