Prized cup win emotional

BEST BEEF: Andrew Stokes from Sinai Angus stud in Oxford won the Meat & Wool Cup, the top beef cattle competition class with their seven year old cow and 2 month old bull calf, at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.

The emotion caught up with the Stokes family after their angus cow and calf won the top cattle silverware at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Delight in beating Aussies

YOUNG JUDGE: Nancy Crawshaw with her mentor Bruce Alexander from Waimate during cattle judging at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.

The sledge-free zone of the cattle ring at the Canterbury A&P Show was a nice break from the barracking young judge Nancy Crawshaw got in Australia.

Beef, lamb boon for NZ

Free-range Hereford cattle grazing on pasture at French Island in Western Port Bay.

Sheep and beef farmers are achieving better prices than their dairy counterparts this season - but don't expect them to celebrate.

Purple price patch continues


Beef prices have continued to rise this week, with prices surging a "whopping" 8 per cent in US dollar terms.

Alliance posts $6.2m profit

Alliance Group's chairman Murray Taggart.

Alliance Group closes book on a tough 2012 chapter in lifting its after-tax profit to $6.2 million and delivers big shareholder pool payment.

Eight years at top enough


The outgoing Silver Fern Farms boss' major regret is the failed joint venture with rural services company PGG Wrightson.

Carve-up an option for meat co-op


Leading meat processor Silver Fern Farms could be about to bring in multiple investment partners from within NZ or overseas.

SFF boss steps down


Keith Cooper is leaving the red meat co-operative after eight years in the CEO role.

Teamwork a key to success


Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Approach pays dividends


A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.