Archive for April, 2013

My experience of Parekura Horomia

April 30, 2013

You may well ask what this has to do with either business or agriculture and the answer is nothing very much! But I would like to mark the death of Parekura Horomia with some personal comments which are based purely on my experience and contact with him before he became an MP. (more…)

Meat Industry Excellence Group’s campaign warms up

April 29, 2013

The MIE organised farmer meeting in Feilding on Friday was attended by about 700 farmers which one speaker from the floor compared unfavourably with 2000 at the Drought Shout. However there is obviously an increasing level of support for substantial change to the meat industry’s operating method which results in volatile market returns. (more…)

Lies, damned lies and statistics or historical facts about sheepmeat

April 22, 2013

A brief comparison of sheepmeat and milk solids prices since 1991 throws up some interesting facts. These give the lie to the belief that the dairy industry is consistently more profitable than the sheep sector. (more…)

Cracks appear between farmer groups

April 17, 2013

It hasn’t taken long for the cracks to appear in the ‘united farmers for change’ movement started by the Meat Industry Excellence group which held its first meeting in Gore a couple of weeks ago with a resoundingly successful response. (more…)

ANZCo’s published result confirms anticipated loss – but could have been worse

April 8, 2013

ANZCO’s financial result to the end of September 2012 was posted on the Companies’ Office website on Friday in compliance with the statutory requirement for private companies. ANZCO reported losses of $25.6 pre-tax and $19.2 million after tax. We now have the details for the big three meat companies which publish their results and, as anticipated, none makes pleasant reading – total pre-tax losses of $140.4 million and post-tax $102.2 million. (more…)

Farmers need to agree what they want

April 3, 2013

The recent meeting in Gore, organised by the Meat Industry Excellence Committee and attended by about 1000 farmers, gave an overwhelming mandate for change to the present condition of the meat industry. (more…)