Archive for May, 2011

2010 in review

May 28, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 62 posts.

The busiest day of the year was May 10th with 45 views. The most popular post that day was Trust and commitment essential to meet the meat industry’s challenges in 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for silver fern farms, allan barber, allan barber meaty issues, future structure for the nz meat industry, and fonterra milk powder auction.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Trust and commitment essential to meet the meat industry’s challenges in 2010 December 2009
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Silver Fern Farms must solve marketing dilemma November 2009


Silver Fern Farms still vulnerable December 2009


Laos poor but fertile and resource rich December 2009
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AFFCO cautious after good first half June 2010
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Superb analysis, now hard work begins

May 17, 2011

The Red Meat Sector Strategy released at the Beehive last week is an impressive document, producing an objective assessment of the problems and opportunities that face the sector, as well as pointing the ways forward for the next five to fifteen years. At the end of that period, assuming everything has happened as recommended (it won’t or can’t!), the industry will have grown by $3.4 billion or more than 50% by 2025. (more…)

Traders are screwing the scrum

May 3, 2011

As one livestock manager said to me, “nothing has changed except the faces” and even some of those are still the same, except older than they were when I was working in the meat industry. (more…)