Archive for April, 2010

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater

April 27, 2010

The main reason behind the amalgamation of NZFSA (New Zealand Food Safety Authority) after several years of semi or complete independence from MAF is the perceived need for a single focus biosecurity system which is closely aligned with the authority responsible for all aspects of food safety. There is no doubt also an opportunity to save money by reducing any duplication of resources. (more…)

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Source and Trace system moves beyond basic animal traceability scheme

April 21, 2010

AngusPure Source and Trace (APST) is an interesting development in the whole complex matrix of animal identification and traceability which provides Angus breeders with a cost effective way of recording details of their herds for the combined purpose of stock management and herd improvement, while enhancing the industry leadership position of the AngusPure brand. But it’s important to recognise what the scheme aims to achieve and how it fits in with other traceability systems, specifically NAIT. (more…)

International promotion is essential, whoever pays for it

April 8, 2010

The recent AGM at Te Kuiti was a watershed in more ways than one, not just because it symbolised Meat & Wool’s desire to connect more strongly with grassroots farmers, but also because Mike Petersen laid down a strong challenge to the meat industry. (more…)