Big plans for farm

Hereford beef cattle

The new owners of Taranaki's landmark Onetai Station want to realise its potential as a beef and sheep farm.

Fodder beet a likely option

Fodder beet

Fodder beet could significantly boost beef returns and provide a profitable alternative to dairy grazing.

Brand wins, environment wins

Supreme winners of the 2014 Waikato Farm Environment Awards, Mike and Sharon Barton.

Taupo couple win environmental farming award in combining a desire for sustainable land use with a successful business model.

Brooksdale calves top sales


Top steer calves offered by the Spencer family from Brooksdale cattle topped the two-day Cheviot calf sales.

Dam halts farmer's plans

Vicki Feast

A farmer says living in a potential dam site has cost her $170,000 and damaged her health and business.

McAngus doing wonders

Angus cattle

The angus breed is going from strength to strength after branding recognition of the cattle.

Wider focus key for meat industry


OPINION: Meat Industry Excellence has been criticised for being too dairy-focused and needs to change.

More meat for the Muslim world


It's peak season for the meat slaughter industry in the South Island, with about 100 workers ensuring cuts destined for overseas are suitable for Muslim markets.

Meat plants flat out


Meat plants step up production with most working full weeks and extended hours to meet market commitments.

Vote 'will not be ignored'

James Parsons

Sheep farmer votes in favour of funding a meat industry ginger group and a referendum on a wool levy still have to be approved by Beef + Lamb NZ.

Sheep, beef can match dairy

Beef + Lamb NZ chairman Mike Petersen

Top sheep and beef farmers are closer to dairy farmers in earning power than they might think.

'Trophy' farm on market

Angus bulls wait their turn for auction at the Te Mania.

A coastal North Canterbury farm at Conway Flat which has been the home of Te Mania Angus Stud since 1934 is for sale.

DIY sheep, beef reforms

Nathan Guy

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has told sheep and beef farmers they are on their own.

Dairying squeezing meat

Meat Industry Excellence group chairman John McCarthy

Meat industry group wants action as sheep and beef farming gets squeezed by dairying.

Cattle slaughter levy halved

Meat hangs in an abattoir.

Farmer contributions to the National animal identification and tracing (Nait) scheme have been reduced with the slaughter levy for cattle halved to 50 cents per tagged carcass.

'Something that's got a bit of meat'

Hereford cattle

Red raffia bows around the necks of two hereford heifers set the scene for a Taranaki couple's lifelong commitment to the breed.

Special kind of breed

Taiaroa charolais bulls have good muscling and good confirmation.

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Charolais cattle are thriving in harsh winters and dry summers at Glen Ayr Station in Southland's Paerau Valley.

Couple win environmental awards


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A focus on protecting marginal areas while lifting productivity of grazeable land has seen a couple win Bay of Plenty's top farm environment award.

Gypsy day illness warning

Cattle moved on gypsy day.

Ministry of Primary Industries has warned farmers to expect an explosion of theileria cases among dairy cattle following this year's gypsy day.

SFF comfortable with MIE influence

Silver Fern Farms

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Former MIE leaders stood successfully as farmer-elected directors on the boards of SFF and rival co-operative Alliance last year.

'We don't know how lucky we are'

Mike Peterson

Mike Petersen says he's been on an express train for the last 10 years. "I hopped on a train and it just hasn't stopped at a station. It's been really busy."

A path to greater profitability

Mike Peterson

A scheme to unlock unrealised wealth for sheep and beef farmers could be Mike Petersen's legacy.

Iconic station hosts big farm day out

beef cattle

One of Taranaki's largest farms, the much-admired Aotuhia Station, east of Stratford, will be on display next week.

MIE bids for B+L funding

Meat Industry Excellence group chairman John McCarthy

Farmers will be asked to approve funds for Meat Industry Excellence.

Tough love helps in breeding

Meadowslea rams

Sheep and cattle that can survive and perform in tough country is where the future of sheep and beef genetics lies.

Loss of 125 jobs confirmed


Goodman Fielder told workers at a 7am meeting that their jobs will go when it closes its Hamilton site as part of the sale of its meat business to Hellers.

Seismic shift in beef

Dairy cows

The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change.

Meat industry consolidation 'good'

Murray Taggart

MIE reform group's drive to have a consolidated and more prosperous red meat industry is ''not far'' from Alliance Group's principles.

Premium beef for discerning markets

Silver Fern Farms Finegand Beef EQ master graders Claudia Cordova (left) and Tara Arthur check the fat colour on a beef carcass.

Not every beef carcass is created equal. But now Silver Fern Farms is able to sort the good quality beef from the mediocre.

Monaghan push continues

John Monaghan.

The push to have John Monaghan appointed an independent director on the Alliance Group board is showing no sign of slowing.

Meat industry myths recycled

Tony Egan

Fed Farmers' promotes the myth that there is no money to be made in the meat industry, an industry player says.

Red meat 'pick and mix'

Red meat.

Federated Farmers' meat options paper focuses on processors, marketing and behavioural change.

Cost control key

Warren Clayton-Greene talking to farmers at a field day on his farm, Glenview Station near Waitomo.

Keep it simple and do the essentials well are the key philosophies for a top performing beef and sheep farm.

Beef drop in US could benefit NZ

Meat hangs in an abattoir.

A decline in beef production in the US could have a positive spinoff for the NZ beef industry in 2014, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Meat reforms loom large


It is set to be a pivotal year for New Zealand's red-meat farmers as they mull over options to reform the $6 billion industry.

Bonus meat payout


Lean Meat announces a bonus payment to its farmer supplier shareholders above the meat schedule.

Farmers back reform call

MIE chairman John McCarthy.

Sheep and beef farmers are being challenged to put more heat on leaders for a new red meat model.

Boy, that escalated quickly!


Stunning photo sequence shows a farmer running for his life, pursued by a very angry bull.

Mixing improves returns

Hereford cattle.

Beef cattle can be profitable when integrated with sheep.

Meat reformists win spots

Candidates for Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group boards, Dan Jex-Blake, Donald Morrison and Richard Young, at a meet the candidates meeting in West Otago.

More farmers with connections to a meat industry reform group have been elected onto the board of major processor and exporter.

Meat reformers elected

Waikaka Valley farmer Donald Morrison is standing for election on the board of the Alliance Group.

Meat industry reformers have scored a pair of wins in elections to the board of a major meat processor.

Red meat unity needed

Henry van der Heyden

The red meat industry's fragmented structure needs changing, says former Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden.

Organics turn farm around

Te Anau farmer Paul Ruddenklau.

It's been hard work but a Te Anau farm is now achieving ''fantastic results" after switching to organics in 2005.

Organic demand outstrips supply

Neat Meat managing director Simon Ericson, left, and Harmony Foods managing director Mark Hunter.

More organic meat is required to meet growing consumer demand, say two Auckland-based meat suppliers.

Station expected to set record


One of New Zealand's biggest and most valuable farms is up for sale.

A 'grand' export market

Xibin Chen

Last year, Xibin Chen took more than $140m or 30,000 tonnes of New Zealand meat to China.

Global farming village

tdn bryan strap

Taranaki farming personality opens his heart and farm to Kiwi academics and a party of beef farmers from Finland.

Following grows for breed

Santa gertrudis cattle

Exotic-sounding cattle breed commonly farmed in Australia, but less so in NZ, caught the attention of farmers at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Angus farmers get NZ lesson

Scottish judge James Playfair-Hannay runs a critical eye over angus cattle at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Scottish angus breeder would like to take NZ bloodlines back with him to the home of the breed, after judging the angus fields at the Canterbury A&P Show.

SFF's $28.6m loss

Eoin Garden.

Meat processor and exporter Silver Fern Farms has made a loss after tax of $28.6 million for the year ending September 2013.

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