Beef

Wilding bull operation set to expand

Te Mania stock manager Will Wilding with Beef Expo champion of champion bull Te Mania Jonah in the ring.

The Wildings plan to expand their Te Mania operation at Conway Flats after a top result in the Beef Expo and providing bloodlines for a section winner at the Steak of Origin competition, writes Tim Cronshaw.

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

Queensland police have uncovered allegedly stolen cattle gallstones from a property in Toowoomba.

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

'Incredi-bull' breeder into hall of fame

Fairmont Mint Edition is now in the LIC Hall of Fame.

An elite breeding bull has been recognised as one of the best by being inducted into LIC's prestigious Hall of Fame.

Different thinking pays off

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Wills thrilled to receive ONZM

Janette Wills from Matamata receiving her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

Waikato woman Janette Wills was thrilled to receive her Officer of the Order (ONZM) medal for services to the beef industry from the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at an investiture ceremony on May 20.

New meat industry pilot may work out kinks

A new partnership between farmers and processers will challenge the dogma that cattle cannot be grown to prime weights through winter.

A new pilot partnership between individual meat farmers and processors could lead to some farming dogmas curbing profitability being tested and found wanting by science, says Greenlea Premier Meats.

Calf sales top $1000 mark

Record prices have been reached for top calves during the calf selling season.

Cattle farmers had few complaints after prices topped $1000 for the best calves for the first time.

Countback needed to find top bull video

Te Mania Jonah, the champion of champions bull at the Beef Expo in Feilding with breeder Will Wilding.

A countback was needed to decide the champion of champions title at the Beef Expo at Feilding this morning.

Chef pushes social media for selling NZ meat

AgInnovation guest speaker, chef Jason Roberts, speaks via video link from New York to the conference in Palmerston North.

US chef says the NZ beef and lamb grass-fed story needs to reach consumers through social media

Hawke's Bay heifer wins Queen of Hearts at Beef Expo video

Breeder Tony Thompson with heifer Glen Anthony Cameo the winner of the Queen of Hearts section at the 2015 Beef Expo.

A heifer from the Central Hawke's Bay has won the Queen of Hearts at the 2015 Beef Expo. 

NZ's best beef steak found video

Christian Mata cooks for judges in the ''Steak of Origin 2015'' competition aimed at the tastiest and tenderest sirloin.

The tastiest and juiciest steak has been found after judges checked 20 of the finest in Palmerston North.

Charolais-cross cattle add value to Bay of Plenty farm

Hamish Stout's farm typifies the rolling hill country in western Bay of Plenty. Charolais cross cattle deliver good carcass yields for the farmer.

Locally sourced charolais and a surge in beef values have helped inject more life into a long time Bay of Plenty farmer's operation.

White ghosts lurking in the misty winter morning

Shane and Lynnette McManaway's charolais have become part of the landscape at Gold Creek.

For beef and deer farmers Shane and Lynnette McManaway, taking a step into the charolais industry was driven by a long-standing love of the breed.

Bull Expo 2015 in Feilding

Ruaview Simmental's 21-month-old bull travelling to Feilding for the New Zealand Beef Expo.

Join NZFarmer and Rural TV for livestreaming of the Beef Expo in Feilding.

Bull sales come to Manfeild

Last year's Beef Expo Champion of Champions. This winning hereford bull sold for $40,000 'Okahu Sonny Bill' weighed 900kgs and was owned and led by Kelly O'Neill.

Bulls will go under the auctioneer's hammer at the annual national bull expo in Feilding.

Simmental in steak semis

Tony Partridge, right, has two simmentals in the running for a Steak of Origin award.

Canterbury breeder and cattle trader faces a nervous weekend before finding out if his pair of simmental heifers are Steak of Origin winners

Genetics the answer

Gerald and Sue Hargreaves: staunch believers in genetics.

New Zealand is in serious trouble with its beef industry, according to angus breeder Gerald Hargreaves.

'Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family'

We have the best job in the world, say Sam and Gemma Hain, Gisborne, pictured with daughter Lilla, 5, and son Tom, 2.

"Farming is a fantastic way to bring up a family. We have the best job in the world," say a Gisborne farming couple.

Payback time for beef breeders

King Country shorthorn stud breeders Russell and Mavis Proffit.

NZ's most facial eczema-tolerant recorded perendale sheep share a stud home with beef shorthorns deep in the King Country.

Bull-selling season primed for entertaining start

The Champion of Champions last year was Okahu Sonny Bill, a hereford bull bred and led by Kelly O'Neill, Raetihi, and bought by Stuart Robbie of Otapawa, Northern Wairarapa, for $40,000.

Two counter-balancing influences predicted to have an impact on this year's bull-selling season.

Environmental care combination works

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

Farming couple and a businessman tell how their efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

Trelinnoe treads lightly on the environment

Bruce Wills with some of the 320 cows on his Hawke's Bay farm Trelinnoe's tree-covered slopes.

The transition from farmer to a national figure in farming politics has been a natural progression for Bruce Wills, while his brother Scott has been happy to stay at home on the farm.

Best beef steak sought

Judges at last year's Steak of Origin contest held at Feilding's Manfeild stadium.
From left: Graham Hawkes, Scott Kennedy, Sophie Pascoe and Sarah Walker.

Semi finalists announced in 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition.

Cadbury ready for Beef Expo

Ben Knauf grooms his pet heifer Cadbury for the Future Beef competition at Beef Expo.

Ten-year-old Ben Knauf hoping for a good result in the Hoof and Hook competition at the annual Beef Expo.

Kiwi farmers falling behind genetic gains

Farmers admire the cattle at Mt Montrose station during angus field days this week.

Kiwi cattlemen frightened by genetic tools that crunch numbers to improve beef herds are falling behind overseas farmers.

Rural all-rounders bask in success

Laura and Sami Werder, who won three merit awards at the 2015 Ballance Taranaki farm Environment Awards, on their Huiroa farm with their three-week-old son, Joe, and fox terrier Jed.

A Taranaki pair know they're on the right track on their beef and sheep farm after their success in a highly-regarded farm contest.

Balance swings from sheep to cattle

Scott Wills inoculating ewes after A second shear at Trelinnoe, Hawke's Bay.

SHEEP numbers have dropped by two-thirds at Hawke's Bay farm Trelinnoe as the balance of its farming operation has swung from sheep to cattle in the past 10 years.

Cattle judges brush up skills at RAS seminar

Lowline heifers wait their turn in the judging ring at the Royal Agricultural Society's judges seminar.

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

Where the best bulls come from

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

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