New Zealand beef genetics to receive $16.7m injection
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) are partnering with the Government in a new $16.7 million beef genetics programme, with the potential to boost the sector’s profits by $460 million over the next 25 years.
B+LNZ remains unconvinced by revised low-slope map
The Government’s new proposed low-slope map for stock exclusion is better than the original, however the map still won’t practically work on the ground, says Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ).
Good progress on intensive winter grazing rules
The Government’s confirmation it is shelving the unworkable pugging and sowing date rules in its latest intensive winter grazing proposal is positive for farmers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) says.
Sheep flock down, beef herd up in latest stock number survey
The total number of sheep in New Zealand decreased 0.8 percent (by 199,000 head) to an estimated 25.83 million while beef cattle numbers rose 2.5 percent to 3.98 million, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ)’s annual stock number survey.
IPCC report: Important science on methane and GWP*
Buried in a landmark IPCC report this week is a detailed and important section on the metrics for short-lived gases. We summarise the key findings and what these mean for our sector.
Independent research highlights need for limits on forestry offsetting for fossil fuel emitters
New independent research confirms a significant amount of sheep and beef farmland has been sold for conversion into forestry, underlining the need for limits on carbon offsetting. It also busts myths about trees going on ‘unproductive’ land and reinforces Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s view that the integration of forestry on farms is a better way of managing our landscapes and meeting climate change targets.
Nominations open for the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is proud to open nominations for the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards and is encouraging people from along the red meat supply chain to enter or nominate people for one or more of the eight award categories.
Farmers vote yes on sheepmeat and beef levies
Farmers have had their say in the 2021 sheepmeat and beef levy referendum and those farmers that voted have overwhelmingly supported the continuation of the sheepmeat and beef levies.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand welcomes proposed changes to Essential Freshwater programme
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has welcomed proposed changes to the stock exclusion regulations and the low-slope map.
Will going meat-free really save the planet?
Independent research by some of the world’s leading scientists shows the climate change benefits of substituting meat from the average New Zealander’s diet would only lead to a 3–4 percent decrease in an individual’s lifetime global warming impact from all activities, and could risk individuals missing out on key essential nutrients, such as iron.
New calculator makes it easy for farmers to know their emissions numbers
A new free calculator to help sheep, beef and deer farmers calculate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sequestration is now available.