Category Archives: Meat Industry

Zero Carbon Bill is just the start for agriculture’s greenhouse gas adaptation

The Zero Carbon Bill introduced to Parliament this week answers some questions but raises many others.  There are big challenges ahead for everyone, but particularly for farmers and their leaders. As always, the devil will be in the details. These … Continue reading

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Where to for Chiwi agrifood

The current plan for Chinese Yili to buy Westland Co-operative Dairy has brought renewed discussion about the role of China within New Zealand agrifood industries. Of course, the Westland issue is just one part of a much greater issue about … Continue reading

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China is the key market for New Zealand sheepmeats

[This post first appeared online at Stuff and some of their hardcopy newspapers on 4 September 2018, but alas with the first paragraph edited out and with the title “China demand for New Zealand sheepmeat booming”.  In the process,  key … Continue reading

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Methane narrative changes with less need for drastic reduction

[This article was published today (10 Sept 2018) at http://www.interest.co.nz and is forthcoming in Farmers Weekly] The recent note on methane emissions  put out by Parliamentary Commissioner Simon Upton in late August, and underpinned by a contracted research report written by … Continue reading

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Exchange rate reset will breathe new life to agriculture

[This post was published online at Stuff and also in most Fairfax Media New Zealand newspapers on 21 August 2018 as part of my fortnightly Stuff column] The recent decline in the value of the New Zealand dollar is about … Continue reading

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Sheep meats are in a sweet spot

[This post was published online on 7 August at http://www.stuff.co.nz and also in most of the FairfaxNZ newspapers] This year has been an exceptional year for many sheep farmers.  Lamb and mutton prices have been at record levels. The key … Continue reading

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Mycoplasma bovis can transfer to sheep, goats, deer, pigs and poultry

Currently, there is a fervent ‘behind-the-scenes’ debate as to whether eradication of Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is feasible. It is well over a month, possibly close to two months, since the international Technical Advisory Group (TAG) voted six to … Continue reading

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