Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
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Good news for farmers Tight global supplies of lamb -- and therefore high lamb prices -- look set to continue, which is good news for sheep and beef farmers. After reviewing the provisional half-year lamb slaughter numbers, Beef + Lamb New Zealand s (B+LNZ) Economic Service announced earlier this week that total lamb production is on track to reach the forecast fig- ure of 19.3 million head for the cur- rent season. This season is 7.7 per cent less than the 2009-10 season and is less than the 19.5 million head forecast in the November 2010 Lamb Crop report. It is the lowest lamb slaughter figure since the 1960-61 season. Executive director of the economic service, Rob Davison says the announcement helps inform farmers, processors and the market of the actual state of play at this point of the season. At this time of year -- just over half way through the season -- people begin to speculate on where the lamb kill will end up and whether forecasts made at the beginning of the season will hold up. This season s lamb prices have been strong and all indications are that they will remain so for some time to come, thanks to tight global supplies. The global supply situation -- including lower than usual exports out of Australia -- have impacted positively on mutton prices, which have enjoyed record highs through- out the season to date. But unlike lamb, mutton export volumes are well up. Based on the provisional half-year slaughter numbers, we still expect at least 4 million head of mutton to be processed, which is 9.9 per cent more than last season. Anecdotal comment suggests farmers are culling the bottom end of their flocks to take advantage of higher mutton prices and this could lift the mutton volume a further 5 per cent (0.2 million). In turn this may have mean that more lambs are kept as replacements, lowering the export lamb slaughter by a similar number. Lamb prices for April averaged $116 per head and were up 53 per cent on last year s $76 per head for the same month. Similarly mutton prices are up 63 per cent on 12 months ago and for April averaged $97 per head. These price increases follow a period of low lamb prices for three years from 2005-06 to 2007-08. That period of depressed lamb farming profitability helped to underwrite the prevalent trend to convert prime sheep and beef farmland to dairy production. Steak challenge The finalists for the Beef + Lamb New Zealand 2011 Steak of Origin Challenge have been announced, and a Pahiatua farm is featuring in a prime category. Glanworth Partnership, with their Angus Pure, is one of the four finalists in the Best of Brand Retail class. The top 20 contenders in several categories have beaten off 400 others to be named finalists after the semifinal at Addington Raceway in Christ- church last week. The next test for the top 20 was the public tasting in Hamilton last Saturday at Hamilton Marist Rugby Club. Players and fans had their work cut out as the public tasting marks made 10 per cent of the final score. All 20 finalists will be taste-tested by judges in the grand final at the Beef Expo in Feilding on May 17 to find the 2011 Grand Champion.
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