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Allan Barber

About

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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10 years 3 months

Latest articles

Allan Barber takes stock of a resilient meat processing industry, one that still has a low cost, bare-bones major involved, but is increasingly represented by sophisticated marketers going for high end customers based on science & intense market research
10th May 22, 1:50pm
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Allan Barber takes stock of a resilient meat processing industry, one that still has a low cost, bare-bones major involved, but is increasingly represented by sophisticated marketers going for high end customers based on science & intense market research
Alan Barber says governments should invoke the Precautionary Principle when pursuing their climate change goals because the unexpected consequences around food production and consumer prices may end up undermining those climate goals
27th Apr 22, 12:33pm
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Alan Barber says governments should invoke the Precautionary Principle when pursuing their climate change goals because the unexpected consequences around food production and consumer prices may end up undermining those climate goals
It's the end of the road for talking about greenhouse gas emissions says Alan Barber. Now is decision time for a program that incentivises emissions reductions at farm level which will give the best signals to our customers we have done the right thing
16th Apr 22, 9:57am
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It's the end of the road for talking about greenhouse gas emissions says Alan Barber. Now is decision time for a program that incentivises emissions reductions at farm level which will give the best signals to our customers we have done the right thing
It is Allan Barber's view that a misallocation of resources and a misapplication of policies is making the economy brittle, a one-trick pony, now solely reliant on agriculture to pay the bills that are piling up
2nd Apr 22, 9:44am
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It is Allan Barber's view that a misallocation of resources and a misapplication of policies is making the economy brittle, a one-trick pony, now solely reliant on agriculture to pay the bills that are piling up
Allan Barber assesses the new UK FTA and finds it the FTA is a positive step forward, but is not considered likely to produce much immediate gain for either the meat or dairy sectors
16th Mar 22, 9:32am
Allan Barber assesses the new UK FTA and finds it the FTA is a positive step forward, but is not considered likely to produce much immediate gain for either the meat or dairy sectors
Allan Barber assess the transformation of the local meat processing industry to where capacity is balanced to supply, market demand drives product, and logistics cooperation enables it to withstand ugly supply chain pressures
5th Mar 22, 9:49am
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Allan Barber assess the transformation of the local meat processing industry to where capacity is balanced to supply, market demand drives product, and logistics cooperation enables it to withstand ugly supply chain pressures
Is carbon offsetting actually accelerating environmental collapse? Is NZ's rush to carbon farming contributing? Allan Barber says fixing the flaws is more than the current tinkering with the OIO
17th Feb 22, 9:42am
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Is carbon offsetting actually accelerating environmental collapse? Is NZ's rush to carbon farming contributing? Allan Barber says fixing the flaws is more than the current tinkering with the OIO
Omicron is likely to affect meat supplies as workers will need to stand down in plant outbreaks. The current Australian situation signals the likely issues. Processors here are looking for ways to avoid the worst of what is coming
1st Feb 22, 12:09pm
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Omicron is likely to affect meat supplies as workers will need to stand down in plant outbreaks. The current Australian situation signals the likely issues. Processors here are looking for ways to avoid the worst of what is coming
New Zealand agriculture on the cusp of reaching an historic agreement which will remove some distracting uncertainties and put us in a prime global position
20th Jan 22, 9:33am
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New Zealand agriculture on the cusp of reaching an historic agreement which will remove some distracting uncertainties and put us in a prime global position
Although demand from all red meat markets seems to be firing at the same time, supply chain logistics and pandemic risks are taking the shine off this demand, and unsettling the prospects for 2022
21st Dec 21, 9:43am
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Although demand from all red meat markets seems to be firing at the same time, supply chain logistics and pandemic risks are taking the shine off this demand, and unsettling the prospects for 2022
Allan Barber assesses the financial health of the red meat sector by running his rule over a declining set of public annual reports. Alliance Group is the latest one, and it shows an improving trend
14th Dec 21, 10:38am
Allan Barber assesses the financial health of the red meat sector by running his rule over a declining set of public annual reports. Alliance Group is the latest one, and it shows an improving trend
Allan Barber sees only hot air in Glasgow and Wellington over the Global Methane Pledge, and a lack of common sense locally raising frustrations in the team of 5 million
17th Nov 21, 10:12am
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Allan Barber sees only hot air in Glasgow and Wellington over the Global Methane Pledge, and a lack of common sense locally raising frustrations in the team of 5 million
Allan Barber sees the intense trade deal work going on now as an effective way to bolster our economy for when our domestic sectors turn from the present "boom conditions" to more choppy conditions
6th Nov 21, 9:30am
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Allan Barber sees the intense trade deal work going on now as an effective way to bolster our economy for when our domestic sectors turn from the present "boom conditions" to more choppy conditions
Allan Barber finds that 'regenerative agriculture' could be the framework that wins the premium to be earned from a trusted reputation for livestock farming
19th Oct 21, 12:10pm
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Allan Barber finds that 'regenerative agriculture' could be the framework that wins the premium to be earned from a trusted reputation for livestock farming
The science is there with proof of agriculture's essential role in delivering global health and nutrition, and underpinning farming's social licence for responsible production
21st Sep 21, 4:36pm
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The science is there with proof of agriculture's essential role in delivering global health and nutrition, and underpinning farming's social licence for responsible production
Allan Barber notes that high milk prices and uncertain beef markets mean fewer dairy calves are being raised this season, raising viability issues for the red meat sector
9th Sep 21, 9:40am
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Allan Barber notes that high milk prices and uncertain beef markets mean fewer dairy calves are being raised this season, raising viability issues for the red meat sector
Allan Barber says the farm assurance programme and its extension into NZFAP Plus will become an essential tool enabling all farmers to justify their licence to operate in an increasingly critical world
30th Aug 21, 10:07am
Allan Barber says the farm assurance programme and its extension into NZFAP Plus will become an essential tool enabling all farmers to justify their licence to operate in an increasingly critical world
Allan Barber finds that the new normal for the red meat sector will be very different to the old, pre-Covid normal. The sector's customers and end users are moving on quickly
25th Aug 21, 11:00am
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Allan Barber finds that the new normal for the red meat sector will be very different to the old, pre-Covid normal. The sector's customers and end users are moving on quickly
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
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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 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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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