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Beef + Lamb New Zealand's
overseas market managers are
coming to New Zealand in October
-- Woodlands, to be precise.
International market managers
John Mabb (Britain), John
Hundleby (Japan/Korea), Nick
Beeby (Continental Europe) will
give an overview on the markets
and answer farmers' questions at
Woodlands Research Station on
October 16, from 1.30pm till
Managing your money and
business risks will be the focus of
the North and East Otago Farming
for Profit programme in Oamaru
on October 11. It will be held from
1.15pm till 5pm. Register with
Graeme Pringle on 418 3188 or
Negatives won't get Andrew down
Chairman says it's time to sort out the highs and lows of the industry
By DIANE BISHOP
Upbeat: Federated Farmers Southland meat and fibre chairman Andrew
Morrison said a good lambing was important not just for sheep farmers but the
industry as a whole.
Highlights for 2012-2013
Gross farm revenue decreases 16 per cent to $424,000
Sheep revenue decreases 18 per cent from lower prime lamb prices
Revenue from sheep and wool contributes 77 per cent of gross farm
revenue in the region
Cattle revenue decreases 1.7 per cent on last year to $46,900
The lambing percentage is estimated to increase 2.3 percentage points
to 131 per cent
Total farm expenditure decreases 3 per cent on last year to $291,700
Fertiliser expenditure remains almost static
Interest expenditure is estimated to decrease 7.6 per cent due to lower
term interest rates
Farm profit before tax decreases 35.1 per cent on last year to $132,700
Sheep and beef farms in the region average 4000 stock units and 757
High country farms in the region average 6330ha
Intensive finishing breeding farms average 250ha.
Stock units wintered per farm at July 1, 2012, increased 1.3 per cent
Andrew Morrison thought about
selling his gumboots on Trade Me.
After a mild winter the Federated
Farmers Southland meat and
fibre chairman had joked about
getting rid of his redbands, but he
was glad he didn't when the
recent polar blast hit.
Now that the weather is looking a
bit more settled, Mr Morrison is
upbeat about the lambing season,
which started on his family's
Willowbank property, near Gore,
on September 7.
The ewes are in good nick because
of the mild winter and there are
plentiful feed supplies, which he
believed would be the case across
most of Southland and parts of
Otago. ''We've had a few bearings
but the stock are lambing well and
''We're generally happy with the
way it's going,'' Mr Morrison said.
A good lambing was needed to
boost farmers' bank balances,
keep meat processing plants
operating for longer and keep
meat workers busy, he said.
''Everyone needs a good year, not
just farmers,'' he said.
Average sheep and beef farm
profit in Otago and Southland was
expected to be about $132,700 for
the 2012-2013 season, with lower
lamb prices and the volatile
exchange rate being key factors,
according to Beef + Lamb New
Zealand's New Season Outlook,
released last week.
On a positive note, lambing
percentages across both regions
were expected to be up on last
season by an estimated 2.3 per
cent to 131 per cent, but this would
be weather dependent.
Mr Morrison said he was budget-
ing on an average lamb price of
$90 this season, which was
''significantly less'' than last year,
but he refused to dwell on the
He believed it was time to create a
sustainable industry where the
currency had no effect on lamb
''We need to sort out the highs and
lows of the industry -- we can't
keep blaming the dollar.
''We can talk good lambing and
weather all we like but we need a
sustainable pricing structure.''
BLNZ economic service director
Rob Davison said the predicted
fall in profits was disappointing,
but not entirely unexpected given
the global recession.
Looking ahead, the best-guess
outlook was for the value of the
New Zealand dollar to remain
near last year's level against the
United States dollar, which was
the highest annual average since
being floated in 1985.
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