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Venison finishing margin better

Daniel Stack puts it bluntly.

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Hunger grows for sheep meat

Without a doubt it is the ramp-up in China’s hunger for New Zealand sheep meat that dominates the dynamics of the industry today. 

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  • Slide in traditional markets

    The continuing inability of New Zealand to meet and exceed its quota of sheep meat to Europe reflects not only tight supplies from which to draw, but also the shift in focus the rapid rise of China’s demand has meant for the industry.

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  • China road-block cleared

    Certification issues around New Zealand sheep meat and beef exports to China now appear to have been dealt with as exporters continue to try to manage unprecedented growth out of what is now NZ’s largest sheep meat market.

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  • Suppliers in high demand

    Supply contracts allow the Zino family to focus on what they can control onfarm, while getting a better insight into their lamb markets. Certainty in price and supply requirements means they can get on with breeding and growing quality lambs for the export market.

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  • Finishing versus feeding

    What is the benefit of adding another two kilograms of carcaseweight to your lambs versus feeding other stock on your farm?

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The Kaipara Kid

David Kidd had a lot riding on this year’s ANZ Young Farmer contest. He spent hours studying theory and practical tasks in-between his full-time job managing a 550ha beef farming operation. His dedication paid off. David won the northern regional competition and proceeded to the Young Farmer Grand Final in Christchurch where he became the first northern competitor to win the national title. He spoke with Sheryl Brown.

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  • Showing off pays dividends

    Canterbury woman Georgia Davies is urging young New Zealanders to get involved in A&P Shows after winning a Lady Diana Isaac Scholarship at last year’s Canterbury show.

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  • New beef ambassador keen to pass on knowledge

    Twenty-eight-year-old James Bryan is this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand beef industry ambassador at the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the United States.

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  • Horsey tales

    The equine industry can be a hard one to crack, but for four young women who have, it has been a rewarding career path. They spoke to Rebecca Harper.

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  • Reaching out

    Massey University student Monique Mathis broadened her horizons and started blogging on an exchange in Canada. Now she’s promoting the exchange experience as a great opportunity for all agricultural students. Rebecca Harper reports.

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Mix and maximise

Stock sales can hold the boat steady for dairy farmers when the milk price is low. Inseminating rising heifers for excess replacements or breeding valuable dairy-beef calves to sell into the market can provide a sizable pay cheque to boost profits. Waikato farmers Ross and Tracey Laing told *Sheryl Brown* how they maximise their Holstein-Friesian herd by breeding more than half the cows to Hereford bulls.

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