Striving for the best

Pip and Bruce Robinson love the docility of their herefords.

Bruce and Pip Robinson have a passion and commitment to produce top quality hereford cattle.

Filled with bulls

Wingrove Stud cattle auction

An enthusiastic bench of buyers have paid top prices for quality bulls at Wingrove Stud's auction in Taranaki.

Environment focus

roast beef

Sheep and beef farming-funded group focusing on environmental research to help the sector deal with what is seen as a juggernaut.

Holy Cow, it's a girl!

White 10

She was destined for the meat works, but instead this fertile cow has just delivered her 23rd live calf.

Scholarship win scores US trip


King Country rural professional James Ryan has won Beef + Lamb NZ's scholarship to the US.

Breaking fresh ground

Guy Melville grows kale as a winter crop for young bulls.

As a member of the NZ rowing coxed four to the Barcelona Olympics, Guy Melville is no stranger to heavy lifting and team work.

Farm gifted to Lincoln

Jim and Diana Howard have given their farm to the Lincoln Westoe Trust and Lincoln University to a sheep and beef training farm between Bulls and Marton.

Manawatu couple donate their 418ha farm to a trust for demonstration and training purposes.

Red devons catching on

Red devons produce beef that is marbled and ''melts in your mouth'', says Graeme Dyke.

Red devons may not be well-known in New Zealand but they have a well-deserved big reputation overseas.

Success secrets shared

roast beef

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-freisian cattle

Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

NZ meat sales hit Chinese TV

tv set

Silver Fern Farms wants to add more value to meat after launching prime cuts of packaged beef and lamb onto a televised shopping show in China.

Meat price may disappoint

Lamb carcases.

Sheep and beef farmers warming their hands in advance of better sheepmeat prices have been warned they might be disappointed.

Rare herd for sale

Colin Lyon with one of his braunvieh cows he farms near Pleasant Point.

Colin Lyon hopes someone with the same passion as him will take on his rare Swiss breed of beef cattle to bigger things.

Calves raising revenue stream

Parininihi ki Waitotara calf unit manager  Derek Cruikshank checks out some of the wagyu calves being raised in the incorporation’s state-of-the-art Matapu facility.

Raising wagyu calves in a specialised calf-rearing unit allows Taranaki business to capitalise on strong global demand for premium wagyu beef.

Ties to land endure

Rob Stokes

Third generation farmer resists the dairying drive and has found a way to profitably run sheep and cattle in an often harsh environment.

Search sector's young leaders

Hunterville farmer Peter Fitz-Herbert

A young NZ beef producer to get the chance to attend the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the US.

Good outlook for NZ meat


The New Zealand meat industry could be in for "rock solid" growth in China.

Up for the challenge

Former Taranaki woman Katey Craig is one of two Kiwis competing in next month’s World Young Shepherds’ Challenge in France

A translation error has led to the selection of a former Taranaki woman for the World Young Shepherds' Challenge in France.

Little relevance for NZ

american beef farm

New Zealand experts have questioned the relevance of a new study that highlights beef farming's high environmental impact.

Farmer Army call

Meat Industry Excellence group chairman John McCarthy

"Farmer Army" needed to resolve issues holding the meat industry back according to MIE chairman John McCarthy.

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property.

Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

Red meat carcasses.

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Dairy cows

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Beef, lamb exports near peak

A cow leaves the shade for a drink.

New Zealand beef and lamb exports are at almost record levels for the first nine months of trade this season.

Meat being jolted tender

Electrical plug

Red meat receiving electrical stimulation in an experiment to increase tenderness.

Hereford prices on the rise

Hereford cattle

The Press

Hereford breeders have reclaimed market share against other beef breeds after a good bull-selling season, says PGG Wrightson genetics manager Bruce Orr.

Embryo transplant success

A new bull calf from Canadian stock, born only a few hours before.

New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Beet great news for beef

Fodder beet

A Lincoln University academic says use of a fodder beet crop is great news for beef cattle farmers.

A lot of bull set for Waikato

Waikato hereford breeders Bruce and Pip Robinson bought this bull for $55,000, a record price for the breed for 2014.

It's a record-priced bovine that is, in the words of its purchaser, "the complete bull".

Limousin takes top honours

Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater with their winning limousin steer carcass.

The limousin breed once again took out the major awards in the 2014 Otago-Southland beef competition.

Little-known breed attracts fans

Salers breeder John Gerke of Kimbolton and daughter Amanda.

Salers cattle are curious and friendly and will thrive if given space.

Aspire to dairying advice

James Parsons

Sheep and beef farmers have to stop viewing the dairy industry as competition, a meat industry leader says.

Sheep, beef farm inflation eases

Hereford beef cattle

Electricity prices increased almost 5 per cent on sheep and beef farms in the past 12 months.

$55,000 bull creates a buzz

Fossil Creek Hero

Positive pastoral farming outlook seems to have translated into plenty of confidence and buoyant prices at recent bull sales.

'Extra Tux or two' for hero dog

Grass-fed Te Mania bulls caught the attentionof overseas visitors attending a South island tour before the World Angus Forum.

Taihape man, whose brave cattle dog rescued him from bull attack, released from hospital.

Breeder takes on challenge

Gerald Hargreaves, with wife Sue, goes to the United States to replenish his angus bloodlines.

Angus breeder convinced the future for New Zealand beef breeding lies in the United States.

Red meat delegation off to China


In a sign that red-meat exporters are serious about dealing with China, representatives of all major companies are heading to Beijing next week to meet leading officials.

Affco fined nearly $70k

Manawatu River One Plan

Beef processing business Affco fined nearly $70,000 for river wastewater discharge.

Rise in bovine TB

Raw Milk

A spike in bovine tuberculosis in Southland areas is a wake-up call the eradication job's not done yet, TBfree says.

N-cap no barrier for Bartons

Angus cattle

Mike and Sharon Barton are redefining the traditional farm business model.

Breeder backs 'hard facts'

Angus cattle.

Cattle breeder thinks his performance recording system is more practical for NZ conditions than a genetic programme used widely around the world.

Post-drought challenges loom

Waikato's drystock farmers are facing post-drought challenges this winter including lighter conditioned ewes, and underweight cattle.

While some drystock farmers are still struggling, things are looking good for dairy farmers.

Young blood needed

Donald Polson

As more young people leave rural areas for the bright lights, some sheep and beef farmers are wondering who will take over the farm.

Cricket stars promote branded meat

cricket ball

India could provide significant opportunities for the Alliance Group's farmer suppliers.

Hard yards pay off

Don McCreary and Anna Johnston

A sheep and beef farm that can compete with dairy for return on investment - now, there's a rare beast.

Show and tell

Pat me: Two-and-a-half-year-old galloway Annabell, with her 1-month-old calf Collister.

Preparing cattle for show is time-consuming and expensive but those who have stuck with it say it's worthwhile.

Calling on science to help

Mike and Sharon Barton

Award-winning farmer callis on scientists to frame future animal productivity research around what effect it would have on his nutrient footprint.

Chef demands consistency

Michel Louws

Michelin-starred chef Michel Louws is more than happy to pay a premium for top quality beef.

Fresh from the lab

Dr Mike Nichols

Retired Massey University horticulture lecturer says meat will come from the laboratory in future, putting NZ's grazing systems at risk.

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