The complete guide to NZ cattle farming launched | Beef + Lamb New Zealand

The complete guide to NZ cattle farming launched

Our new 'Guide to New Zealand Cattle Farming' brings together all the information farmers need to maximise productivity and profitability in their beef breeding and finishing herds.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The Guide, which was launched at the recent B+LNZ Farmer Council AGM, is a comprehensive good-practice manual, covering everything from genetic selection through to post-weaning beef systems, animal health and minimising the environmental impacts of beef production.

B+LNZ’s senior extension manager Aaron Meikle says the book replaces two previous cattle production guide books. The Guide was written and edited by consultant Ken Geenty and Massey University’s Professor Steve Morris, with input from a range of specialists including vets, geneticists and environmental experts.

Meikle says the book will be a valuable reference for anyone with any type of beef enterprise, from traditional breeding cows, through to bull-beef production.

“The content reflects the many different cattle systems and breed types and acknowledges the important role dairy cross animals play in New Zealand’s beef industry.”

William Morrison is national chairman of B+LNZ’s Farmer Council as well as being a beef stud breeder and commercial farmer. He says the Guide to New Zealand Cattle Farming provides a wealth of up-to-date information to ensure farmers are getting their best out of their cattle systems.

“Beef farmers are continually striving to increase their production efficiency while maintaining the highest possible standards of animal welfare and minimising their environmental impact.

“This book highlights the management practices farmers need to adopt to achieve these outcomes. It will be a valuable resource for anyone running any type of cattle enterprise.”   

Request a copy

The book is available free of charge to B+LNZ levy payers by emailing name and courier address details to