Beef up, sheep down, is the simple message from Beef + Lamb NZ’s latest data on the state of the national sheep flock and beef herd.
No increase in stock numbers in the sheep and beef sector is anticipated as the industry moves towards carbon neutrality, says Beef + Lamb NZ head of nutrition Fiona Windle.
The latest results from the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Genetics dairy beef progeny test are signalling good prospects for dairy farmers.
Triple drench resistance is appearing at an alarming rate, particularly in the North Island. But it can be prevented by correct management.
NZ sheepmeat and beef exports are forecast to break the $4billion mark for the first time, thanks to Chinese consumers.
Sheep farmers could be joining the National Animal Identification and Traceability (NAIT) scheme within 18 months.
Dairy and red meat farmer lobbies want Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to back their climate change initiative rather than impose a farmer levy.
OPINION: The suggestion that groups such as DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ are selling the sector out over agricultural emissions is way off the mark and fails to grasp the complexity of the issue.