Archive for the ‘Stock and Station’ Category

Fixed price contracts not the answer

May 8, 2013

When farmers want certainty of income and livestock prices aren’t very good, thoughts often turn to fixed price contracts. But they have never really taken off because I suspect neither farmers nor meat exporters are very keen on them, although Silver Fern Farms continues to offer its Backbone contracts with reasonable uptake. (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…)

Maintaining native biodiversity potential can of worms

June 1, 2011

Submissions on the proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) on Indigenous Biodiversity closed on 2 May and there is no specified timeframe for the evaluation process and progress into law of this particular NPS. But the agitation coming out of the East Coast, particularly Wairoa District, suggests this will be neither quick nor easy. (more…)

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…)

Some simple ways to improve the meat industry

March 31, 2011

Much is said and written about the cost to the farmer and industry as a whole of overcapacity, while many commentators see fundamental changes to the selling, processing and procurement structure as the only way to solve the problem. There are many suggestions ranging from single desk selling to company mergers to consumer led breeding and marketing of ‘designer’ products. (more…)

Stick to the knitting

March 21, 2011

Stock and station agencies have a long history in this country, performing essentially the same role throughout their existence, but at the same time the industry has undergone enormous change. At the turn of the 20th century there were 80 firms, by 1986 when Wrightson and Dalgety merged this had fallen to seven, while today there is only one full service firm, PGG Wrightson (PGW) supplemented by Elders and Allied Farmers offering a narrower range of services, three specialist farm merchandise retailers, wool buyers, and a number of regional agencies offering livestock, grain and seed, and advisory services. (more…)