NZ International Business Forum report on UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement
The NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF), with support from Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association, has released a discussion paper on the potential for a future free trade agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom (UK), as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.
Climatic conditions favouring Facial Eczema and Flystrike
Warm and wet climatic conditions mean that it is shaping up to be a bad summer for both flystrike and Facial Eczema.
Farmers encouraged to seek advice on farm succession planning
Farm succession is one of the pressing issues facing sheep and beef farmers with more than 50% of sheep and beef farms expected to change hands over the next decade.
Don’t forget about TB
While Mycoplasma bovis has captured headlines in the past 18 months, TB continues to be problematic in small pockets of the country particularly in the South Island.
Farmers keeping eye on downstream
While it seems incomprehensible right now, indications are that another dry summer looms ahead, courtesy of the El Niño weather pattern.
Wet weather brings pasture quality challenge
Significant rainfall in many areas is going to make maintaining pasture quality a challenge for farmers trying to grow lambs and put condition back on ewes.
Update on Brexit
It was a fascinating time for the United Kingdom last week following Theresa May’s Brexit announcement (and subsequent release) of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement for the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Weaning ideal time to Condition Score ewes
Weaning is an ideal time to Body Condition Score ewes as it allows valuable summer feed to be partitioned into lighter ewes to give them a lift before tupping.
2019 Notice of Elections and call for farmer remits
Nominations are now open for Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Directors and Directors Independent Remuneration Committee (DIRC).
B+LNZ launches North Canterbury Future Farm
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s inaugural Future Farm opened its gate to North Canterbury farmers and other dignitaries last week launching a whole new initiative for the organisation.
Genes are best defence against Facial Eczema
Facial eczema is a seasonal scourge but genetic selection can help minimise the impact of this production-limiting disease in sheep.
Mycoplasma bovis situation update
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have reported this week that results from the current nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) are promising, with around three quarters of testing having been completed and so far only three additional farms being confirmed with M. bovis through the testing.