Category Archives: Meat Industry

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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TPP – it’s time for a breather

[This post was first published at http://www.interest.co.nz on 6 August 2015] The failure to reach closure at the recent TPP negotiations in Hawaii may be a blessing for New Zealand. It may give some time for our negotiators to reflect … Continue reading

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Are the Mexico-bound sheep for breeding or barbeque?

Prior to this week, I had no particular knowledge about the current shipment of 50,000 ewe lambs that are heading to Mexico. So when I was approached by Jamie Ball from the NBR for comment, my immediate thought was to … Continue reading

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Moving on at Silver Fern Farms

(This post was first published at interest.co.nz on 28 April 2015) In recent weeks I have been analysing [here and here]  the GHD data that underpin the MIE recommendations for the meat industry. Those analyses confirm to me that MIE … Continue reading

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Are capacity utilisation and processing costs part of the beef problem, and if so, what is the solution?

I have previously analysed GHD’s data on capacity utilisation and processing costs in the sheep industry [SFF’s sheep processing dilemma]. These GHD data underpinned the major MIE recommendations in their recent report. However, whereas MIE focused on the need for … Continue reading

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MIE report exposes Silver Fern Farms’ sheep processing dilemma

Meat industry reform is back in the news in recent weeks with the long awaited release of the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) report ( Pathways to long-term sustainability). The MIE perspectives have been well known for some years and so … Continue reading

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The winding path for agri-food

[ This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 21 December 2014] With another year winding down, it is time to reflect on how well the agri-food industries have been travelling, and to look forward … Continue reading

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The restructuring of Silver Fern Farms

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 2 Nov 2014 under the title ‘Breaking up the family silver’] During 2014, I have written several times about the challenges of restructuring the meat industry. I … Continue reading

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