Allan Barber

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Now in his semi-retirement at Point Wells near Warkworth, Allan is a freelance agricultural journalist writing mainly about the meat industry which has remained his key area of interest since leaving AFFCO in 1997.

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Articles by Allan Barber

15th Oct 20, 9:03am
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Allan Barber reports that for the rural sector, 'good intentions' by most parties are backed up either thin, superficial, or counterproductive policy ideas, few of which will appeal to farmers, or achieve those 'good intentions'
Allan Barber reports that for the rural sector, 'good intentions' by most parties are backed up either thin, superficial, or counterproductive policy ideas, few of which will appeal to farmers, or achieve those 'good intentions'
15th Oct 20, 9:03am
22nd Sep 20, 4:42pm
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Allan Barber reports on B+LNZ's research into regenerative agriculture's opportunity for New Zealand, given that we have had a natural headstart, and big corporate support
Allan Barber reports on B+LNZ's research into regenerative agriculture's opportunity for New Zealand, given that we have had a natural headstart, and big corporate support
22nd Sep 20, 4:42pm
11th Sep 20, 9:44am
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Allan Barber investigates why our health outcomes have got worse despite a clear move of most people towards the official guidance of eating less saturated fats. Is that guidance flawed?
Allan Barber investigates why our health outcomes have got worse despite a clear move of most people towards the official guidance of eating less saturated fats. Is that guidance flawed?
11th Sep 20, 9:44am
27th Aug 20, 2:01pm
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The New Zealand meat industry is a positive case study of how to operate in a COVID world, contrasting sharply with many of our rivals observes Allan Barber
The New Zealand meat industry is a positive case study of how to operate in a COVID world, contrasting sharply with many of our rivals observes Allan Barber
27th Aug 20, 2:01pm
12th Aug 20, 1:41pm
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Allan Barber says agriculture assumes even more importance now as the one remaining working piston in the export engine - which makes it essential for the Government to encourage and support the sector
Allan Barber says agriculture assumes even more importance now as the one remaining working piston in the export engine - which makes it essential for the Government to encourage and support the sector
12th Aug 20, 1:41pm
29th Jul 20, 10:11am
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Allan Barber reviews two alternate visions for the primary sector, finding the Koi Tu reports "a masterpiece of practical clarity" with a "clear endorsement ... of the central role of the primary industries and growers in wealth creation and jobs"
Allan Barber reviews two alternate visions for the primary sector, finding the Koi Tu reports "a masterpiece of practical clarity" with a "clear endorsement ... of the central role of the primary industries and growers in wealth creation and jobs"
29th Jul 20, 10:11am
14th Jul 20, 4:11pm
Consolidation pressures build in the leather and skins tanning industry as most co-products continue to suffer declining prices because consumers are choosing artificial alternatives
Consolidation pressures build in the leather and skins tanning industry as most co-products continue to suffer declining prices because consumers are choosing artificial alternatives
14th Jul 20, 4:11pm
2nd Jul 20, 9:09am
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Allan Barber looks at the issues farmers face when confronted by bureaucratic environmental regulations that work against the public goals set by politicians. Local solutions seem to work best
Allan Barber looks at the issues farmers face when confronted by bureaucratic environmental regulations that work against the public goals set by politicians. Local solutions seem to work best
2nd Jul 20, 9:09am
23rd Jun 20, 8:47am
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Brand cooperation is having a major impact, with the ultimate prize of New Zealand red meat being successfully promoted to the world as a high value, healthy and sustainable protein now a realistic prospect
Brand cooperation is having a major impact, with the ultimate prize of New Zealand red meat being successfully promoted to the world as a high value, healthy and sustainable protein now a realistic prospect
23rd Jun 20, 8:47am
6th Jun 20, 9:30am
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Allan Barber reports on the impressive financial turnaround by Japanese-owned ANZCO over the past year, based on both internal restructuring and favourable markets
Allan Barber reports on the impressive financial turnaround by Japanese-owned ANZCO over the past year, based on both internal restructuring and favourable markets
6th Jun 20, 9:30am
20th May 20, 10:12am
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The pandemic shock to consumers is changing their meat buying habits very quickly and our processors are moving rapidly to respond to a significantly different 'new normal', reports Allan Barber
The pandemic shock to consumers is changing their meat buying habits very quickly and our processors are moving rapidly to respond to a significantly different 'new normal', reports Allan Barber
20th May 20, 10:12am
6th May 20, 9:04am
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Allan Barber sees a clear divide between meat processors who have and haven't taken the COVID-19 wage subsidy, one that comes down to philosophy as much as economics
Allan Barber sees a clear divide between meat processors who have and haven't taken the COVID-19 wage subsidy, one that comes down to philosophy as much as economics
6th May 20, 9:04am
30th Apr 20, 10:19am
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The traffic lights are changing in the world's major meat markets, some have turned green, notably China, others amber, while others, notably the USA, are turning red. Overall however, our redmeat sector can still sell what it produces
The traffic lights are changing in the world's major meat markets, some have turned green, notably China, others amber, while others, notably the USA, are turning red. Overall however, our redmeat sector can still sell what it produces
30th Apr 20, 10:19am
25th Apr 20, 10:00am
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The retiring chief executive of the meat industry trade group has steered the industry from a 'sales' focus to a 'marketing' focus, allowing product allocation and rationing to ensure optimum pricing while preserving established relationships
The retiring chief executive of the meat industry trade group has steered the industry from a 'sales' focus to a 'marketing' focus, allowing product allocation and rationing to ensure optimum pricing while preserving established relationships
25th Apr 20, 10:00am
17th Apr 20, 3:45pm
4
Allan Barber offers some more detail and context around the very good profit result from newly debt-free Silver Fern Farms - and he sees it on track to power on from here
Allan Barber offers some more detail and context around the very good profit result from newly debt-free Silver Fern Farms - and he sees it on track to power on from here
17th Apr 20, 3:45pm
11th Apr 20, 9:51am
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Allan Barber says that with Chinese shoppers switching from pork to beef and buying more online, sheep and beef farmers can be pleased they are producing product which the world still values
Allan Barber says that with Chinese shoppers switching from pork to beef and buying more online, sheep and beef farmers can be pleased they are producing product which the world still values
11th Apr 20, 9:51am
10th Apr 20, 1:41pm
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Allan Barber hopes that with other immediate priorities, farmers may be left to get on with farming and growing food to supply New Zealand and international consumers
Allan Barber hopes that with other immediate priorities, farmers may be left to get on with farming and growing food to supply New Zealand and international consumers
10th Apr 20, 1:41pm
26th Mar 20, 10:07am
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Allan Barber sees the intricately interwoven global supply chains having to develop a whole new way of interacting with their customer base to survive. But our rural products will be in better shape than most
Allan Barber sees the intricately interwoven global supply chains having to develop a whole new way of interacting with their customer base to survive. But our rural products will be in better shape than most
26th Mar 20, 10:07am
12th Mar 20, 7:07pm
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March will be a crucial month in which it will become clear whether or not the spread of Covid-19 can be contained. Allan Barber says this one fact will determine whether the global economy can avoid recession and return to growth
March will be a crucial month in which it will become clear whether or not the spread of Covid-19 can be contained. Allan Barber says this one fact will determine whether the global economy can avoid recession and return to growth
12th Mar 20, 7:07pm
13th Feb 20, 10:51am
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Allan Barber sees the UK moving into a period of uncertainty as it tries to set up new trade deals with a range of partners and 'friends' who try to take advantage of their weakened negotiating position
Allan Barber sees the UK moving into a period of uncertainty as it tries to set up new trade deals with a range of partners and 'friends' who try to take advantage of their weakened negotiating position
13th Feb 20, 10:51am
29th Jan 20, 10:12am
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Allan Barber sees a new decade with an unprecedented set of challenges which some farmers may decide they can’t handle. Others will welcome the challenge and have a strong desire to prove they can thrive
Allan Barber sees a new decade with an unprecedented set of challenges which some farmers may decide they can’t handle. Others will welcome the challenge and have a strong desire to prove they can thrive
29th Jan 20, 10:12am
15th Jan 20, 9:13am
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Allan Barber reports the fall in schedule prices is a temporary transition as markets adjust to Chinese and American changes, and strong underlying demand will see them rise within months
Allan Barber reports the fall in schedule prices is a temporary transition as markets adjust to Chinese and American changes, and strong underlying demand will see them rise within months
15th Jan 20, 9:13am
11th Dec 19, 9:52am
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Allan Barber assesses progress after four years of 'transformation' at the Alliance Group and finds only modest interim gains in a period of high market demand
Allan Barber assesses progress after four years of 'transformation' at the Alliance Group and finds only modest interim gains in a period of high market demand
11th Dec 19, 9:52am
27th Nov 19, 11:50am
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Allan Barber reports the unique red meat industry marketing structure is well placed to face the perceived threat from alternative proteins. High demand and high prices are what producers are more likely to face
Allan Barber reports the unique red meat industry marketing structure is well placed to face the perceived threat from alternative proteins. High demand and high prices are what producers are more likely to face
27th Nov 19, 11:50am
13th Nov 19, 9:42am
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Allan Barber reports that from a successful long-term market building strategy, New Zealand lamb exports to the USA have now grown to exceed those to the UK
Allan Barber reports that from a successful long-term market building strategy, New Zealand lamb exports to the USA have now grown to exceed those to the UK
13th Nov 19, 9:42am

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