NGO principles echo B+LNZ, sheep and beef farmer perspectives over freshwater regulations
The Healthy Water Healthy Future statement issued by environment, health, recreation, and water infrastructure groups today has significant alignment with the feedback from more than 3,000 sheep and beef farmers who have attended dozens of freshwater meetings over the last three weeks, including 25 hosted by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).
New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increases due to South Island growth
New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.6 percent between 30 June 2018 and 30 June 2019, while the sheep flock increased by 0.4 percent, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ)’s annual stock number survey.
B+LNZ and MIA welcome appointment of new Special Agricultural Trade Envoy
The red meat sector welcomes the recent appointment of Mel Poulton as the incoming Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE).
Sheepmeat and beef exports in 2019-20 both forecast to break $4 billion for the first time
China’s demand for New Zealand’s beef, lamb and mutton is forecast to propel both sheepmeat and beef exports past the $4 billion mark for the first time.
Sheep and beef farmers sacrificial lamb in proposed Essential Freshwater proposals
The sheep and beef sector has significant concerns about the government’s Essential Freshwater proposals released today.
Government ignores own scientific advice in setting a political target for methane reduction
Advice to the Government from MPI’s officials shows that the Government’s proposed methane reduction targets go well beyond the science of what is needed for New Zealand to meet its 1.5⁰C Paris Agreement commitments and was purely a political decision made in Cabinet.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics to be integrated into Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics is to be integrated into Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd as a separate business unit.
IPCC report on agriculture supports NZ’s sheep and beef farm systems
The Intergovernmental Panel report on Climate and Land demonstrates New Zealand lamb and beef produced as part of a low emissions farming system can help address climate change.
New research shows perils of mass forestry planting on productive sheep and beef land
Large scale conversion of sheep and beef farms to forestry as a result of the Zero Carbon Bill will have a significant negative impact on rural New Zealand, according to research released by Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand backs vocational education changes
Beef + Lamb New Zealand supports the Government’s vocational educational reforms with the primary sector experiencing significant labour and skills shortages.
B+LNZ welcomes RMA review, encourages collaborative approach with primary sector
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has welcomed the announcement of a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act (RMA) and is encouraging the government to work collaboratively with the primary sector to ensure that any proposed changes to the RMA maintain public participation, robust processes, enhance quality outcomes, and take account of the wider social, economic, cultural, and environmental well-beings of rural communities.
B+LNZ supports Biosecurity Act review, but care needed over new NAIT data changes
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is very supportive of the review of the Biosecurity Act announced by Minister Damien O’Connor today, though it is urging care to be taken over proposed changes to farmers’ data in the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme, and encourages the government to work closely with the primary sector to get the best outcome for both farmers and New Zealand.