Category Archives: Meat Industry

Intensive sheep and beef provide cash but wealth depends on capital gain

Intensive sheep farms have been squeezed by dairy and are now drifting to beef with wool right out of the money  This is the third article in a series investigating New Zealand’s pastoral sheep and beef farms. The first one … Continue reading

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Searching for the future on the North Island hills

Some weeks back I wrote an article on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms, focusing on the current situation. I said I would be back as there was more to discuss about both the present and the future. Here, I … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, carbon farming, forestry, Meat Industry, sheep and beef farms, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Sheep and beef farms are getting squeezed

The sheep and beef industry is getting squeezed from all sides, yet export returns exceed $7 billion. I decided recently that it was time to take a closer look at what is happening on sheep and beef farms. The underlying … Continue reading

Posted in Agribusiness, Meat Industry, sheep and beef farms, Uncategorized, Wool | 6 Comments

Searching for markets within Asean

If New Zealand wants to diversify its trade away from China, then the ten ASEAN countries will be important markets. However, the commercial realities, particularly for value-add products, will be challenging. In recent years, New Zealand has become increasingly dependent … Continue reading

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Why and how did China markets become so important for New Zealand?

Keith Woodford explain how New Zealand exporters went to China because that was where the markets were. In many cases, it was the Chinese who came to us seeking our products It is just four weeks since I wrote how … Continue reading

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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 | 7 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

Posted in Agribusiness, Dairy, Land and water, Meat Industry | 11 Comments