Category Archives: Meat Industry

The Rise of China’s Agriculture

Although it leaves many New Zealanders uncomfortable, there is a stark reality that the future of New Zealand’s agricultural industries, and hence the overall economy, is highly dependent on China. The reason is very simple: there is no-one else in … Continue reading

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Changing agri-food perspectives

When I was an undergraduate back in the 1960s – in some ways it seems just yesterday – the dominant agricultural paradigms were about farm production and management.  As students, we learned nothing about marketing. And when marketing did come … Continue reading

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The snow has come again

Every year we all talk about the weather and how fickle it is.  This year is no different. In most parts of the country, June and July were unseasonably warm.  Where I am in Canterbury, winter grass growth has possibly … Continue reading

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Nervous times at Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms announced last week to its farmer suppliers that it now expects no more than a breakeven return for the year ending 30 September 2016.  This should focus the minds of its farmer shareholders, who vote on 12 … Continue reading

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The year ahead for agri-food

The year ahead is going to be challenging for many of New Zealand’s farmers. There are no quick solutions for either dairy or sheep. Amongst the bigger industries, only kiwifruit and beef have a positive outlook. The wine industry could … Continue reading

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The China Business Summit and Online Marketing of Food

On Monday 9 November I spoke at the China Business Summit. Held in Auckland, it was attended by more than 250 New Zealand and Chinese business people, plus some government officials. I was part of a session titled ‘Maximising our … Continue reading

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Shock waves from Silver Fern Farms will now pulsate through the meat industry

Five months ago I wrote that whatever happened at Silver Fern Farms, it would be like an earthquake within the meat industry. Given that Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s largest meat company, and with the status quo unsustainable, it … Continue reading

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