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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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9 years 6 months

Articles by Allan Barber

28th Jul 21, 9:22am
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Allan Barber watches the high wire act New Zealand trade negotiators and exporters perform to keep market access open in spite of the big power tensions that could derail those efforts in one breeze-shift
Allan Barber watches the high wire act New Zealand trade negotiators and exporters perform to keep market access open in spite of the big power tensions that could derail those efforts in one breeze-shift
28th Jul 21, 9:22am
16th Jul 21, 9:47am
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Allan Barber highlights a desperate job shortage of Halal butchers in the meat industry that is jeopardising a $3.3 bln trade, and contrasts the approach to this issue with 'exceptions' for yachties, sports teams and film makers
Allan Barber highlights a desperate job shortage of Halal butchers in the meat industry that is jeopardising a $3.3 bln trade, and contrasts the approach to this issue with 'exceptions' for yachties, sports teams and film makers
16th Jul 21, 9:47am
29th Jun 21, 9:50am
The future of B+LNZ to be decided by referendum votes now underway. At issue is whether it, Dairy NZ and Federated Farmers need to be separate organisations. Voting closes on July 9
The future of B+LNZ to be decided by referendum votes now underway. At issue is whether it, Dairy NZ and Federated Farmers need to be separate organisations. Voting closes on July 9
29th Jun 21, 9:50am
16th Jun 21, 9:22am
Nimble adjustment in the pandemic, focused marketing, targeted investments, smarter buying, better capital arrangements all contributed to better meat industry returns in 2021. But they remain low for the capital invested
Nimble adjustment in the pandemic, focused marketing, targeted investments, smarter buying, better capital arrangements all contributed to better meat industry returns in 2021. But they remain low for the capital invested
16th Jun 21, 9:22am
4th Jun 21, 2:37pm
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Allan Barber reports that the large-employer group of meat processing companies are fearful of what the Fair Pay Agreements will bring for productivity and flexibility. They remember the grim relationships before 1991
Allan Barber reports that the large-employer group of meat processing companies are fearful of what the Fair Pay Agreements will bring for productivity and flexibility. They remember the grim relationships before 1991
4th Jun 21, 2:37pm
22nd May 21, 10:08am
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Alternative proteins are no threat to red meats yet. They will need to develop whole-of-value-chain thinking, commitment to the development of a new sector over many years, and significant investment
Alternative proteins are no threat to red meats yet. They will need to develop whole-of-value-chain thinking, commitment to the development of a new sector over many years, and significant investment
22nd May 21, 10:08am
6th May 21, 9:39am
Allan Barber finds that meat and dairy processing companies share many of the same challenges, especially maintaining efficient capacity and adequate margins between raw material buying price and market returns
Allan Barber finds that meat and dairy processing companies share many of the same challenges, especially maintaining efficient capacity and adequate margins between raw material buying price and market returns
6th May 21, 9:39am
21st Apr 21, 10:32am
The red meat sector collaboration in joint meetings the MIA and B+LNZ have been having with Ministers, MPs and officials is presenting a united farmer and processing company position for the common good
The red meat sector collaboration in joint meetings the MIA and B+LNZ have been having with Ministers, MPs and officials is presenting a united farmer and processing company position for the common good
21st Apr 21, 10:32am
7th Apr 21, 3:52pm
The relentless encroachment of the 'big city' into a once-rural area is changing the way the A&P Show draws its entrants and attracts its visitors. But it still holds old-time magic for those who attend
The relentless encroachment of the 'big city' into a once-rural area is changing the way the A&P Show draws its entrants and attracts its visitors. But it still holds old-time magic for those who attend
7th Apr 21, 3:52pm
24th Mar 21, 10:03am
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Anaerobic digesters, natural feed supplements, and synthetic feed supplements all show promise in delivering substantial methane and other GHG emission reductions in livestock, with no apparent adverse effects on feed intake or animal health
Anaerobic digesters, natural feed supplements, and synthetic feed supplements all show promise in delivering substantial methane and other GHG emission reductions in livestock, with no apparent adverse effects on feed intake or animal health
24th Mar 21, 10:03am
10th Mar 21, 9:27am
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Allan Barber explains that successful red meat marketing will require processing efficiency of consumer driven products backed by skillful marketing and state of the art logistics and distribution
Allan Barber explains that successful red meat marketing will require processing efficiency of consumer driven products backed by skillful marketing and state of the art logistics and distribution
10th Mar 21, 9:27am
1st Mar 21, 11:21am
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Allan Barber points out that if we adopt a prescriptive state plan for livestock production, it will be a slippery slope for many other industries too, driving increasing distortions and away from essential consumer demand signals
Allan Barber points out that if we adopt a prescriptive state plan for livestock production, it will be a slippery slope for many other industries too, driving increasing distortions and away from essential consumer demand signals
1st Mar 21, 11:21am
12th Feb 21, 9:29am
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Allan Barber finds long-standing grading meat grading systems are still widely used even as individual processors respond and tailor their own standards to specific market requirements
Allan Barber finds long-standing grading meat grading systems are still widely used even as individual processors respond and tailor their own standards to specific market requirements
12th Feb 21, 9:29am
27th Jan 21, 9:46am
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Allan Barber sees progress on updating trade deals with the EU and the UK as priorities, even though NZ has many other options and some of which may be better
Allan Barber sees progress on updating trade deals with the EU and the UK as priorities, even though NZ has many other options and some of which may be better
27th Jan 21, 9:46am
20th Jan 21, 11:23am
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Red meat industry sets four 10 year goals and three 5 year priorities to emphasise provenance, security, and sustainability to grow sales and price premiums for producers
Red meat industry sets four 10 year goals and three 5 year priorities to emphasise provenance, security, and sustainability to grow sales and price premiums for producers
20th Jan 21, 11:23am
1st Dec 20, 9:05am
Allan Barber says nothing will be easy for the foreseeable future for red meat processors, prices will struggle to match the last 12 months, but exporters know that tension in the China market means alternatives are crucial
Allan Barber says nothing will be easy for the foreseeable future for red meat processors, prices will struggle to match the last 12 months, but exporters know that tension in the China market means alternatives are crucial
1st Dec 20, 9:05am
17th Nov 20, 7:00pm
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Allan Barber is relieved the chaotic fours years are nearly over in the USA and hopes the new Administration can restore some sanity to their policies, however slowly they may be enacted
Allan Barber is relieved the chaotic fours years are nearly over in the USA and hopes the new Administration can restore some sanity to their policies, however slowly they may be enacted
17th Nov 20, 7:00pm
11th Nov 20, 9:31am
Allan Barber reports on two weeks touring the upper part of the South Island, observing a new normal a lot like the old one, but with farmers fearful of new regulation and handicapped by a lack of workers
Allan Barber reports on two weeks touring the upper part of the South Island, observing a new normal a lot like the old one, but with farmers fearful of new regulation and handicapped by a lack of workers
11th Nov 20, 9:31am
2nd Nov 20, 3:55pm
Among the many trade negotiations New Zealand is involved with at present, the positions of the UK and EU are particularly frustrating for our negotiators and put market access at risk
Among the many trade negotiations New Zealand is involved with at present, the positions of the UK and EU are particularly frustrating for our negotiators and put market access at risk
2nd Nov 20, 3:55pm
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

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