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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 4 months

Articles by Allan Barber

11th Jun 18, 4:11pm
Allan Barber reviews some decidedly average results by the key meat processors, even as farmer returns are high in the face of aggressive competition
Allan Barber reviews some decidedly average results by the key meat processors, even as farmer returns are high in the face of aggressive competition
11th Jun 18, 4:11pm
16th May 18, 6:02am
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Allan Barber says South Island cooperatives need to take a hard look at the message they communicate to their suppliers by continually pitching their schedules far below real market values
Allan Barber says South Island cooperatives need to take a hard look at the message they communicate to their suppliers by continually pitching their schedules far below real market values
16th May 18, 6:02am
3rd May 18, 10:42am
Allan Barber finds that despite opportunities, there are a thicket of questions to be sorted through before retiring livestock land for forestry as part of the new Government's billion tree program
Allan Barber finds that despite opportunities, there are a thicket of questions to be sorted through before retiring livestock land for forestry as part of the new Government's billion tree program
3rd May 18, 10:42am
18th Apr 18, 9:36am
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Allan Barber says patience and a long term focus is bringing Shanghai Maling a source of high quality red meat products to their extensive distribution chain and a competitive advantage
Allan Barber says patience and a long term focus is bringing Shanghai Maling a source of high quality red meat products to their extensive distribution chain and a competitive advantage
18th Apr 18, 9:36am
7th Apr 18, 11:10am
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Allan Barber sees a good result for the new SFF, one that justifies joining up with Shanghai Maling. But with a very low ROI, it is one that cannot rest on its laurels
Allan Barber sees a good result for the new SFF, one that justifies joining up with Shanghai Maling. But with a very low ROI, it is one that cannot rest on its laurels
7th Apr 18, 11:10am
4th Apr 18, 11:09am
Allan Barber reviews our primary sector's structural evolution and finds that strategy, governance and operating performance have resulted in fit-for-purpose arrangements
Allan Barber reviews our primary sector's structural evolution and finds that strategy, governance and operating performance have resulted in fit-for-purpose arrangements
4th Apr 18, 11:09am
22nd Mar 18, 10:46am
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Allan Barber notes that while Trump pulls America back, the rest of the world is making large and effective multilateral trade deals at a rising pace. NZ is in many of them
Allan Barber notes that while Trump pulls America back, the rest of the world is making large and effective multilateral trade deals at a rising pace. NZ is in many of them
22nd Mar 18, 10:46am
17th Mar 18, 9:56am
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Allan Barber reviews the ability of the State-owned farmer to improve its deteriorating position. Fancy words and goals are not being realised
Allan Barber reviews the ability of the State-owned farmer to improve its deteriorating position. Fancy words and goals are not being realised
17th Mar 18, 9:56am
7th Mar 18, 10:03am
Allan Barber says the purpose of our meat industry is to use its resources and capabilities to produce to red meat to world class standards for customers who want that
Allan Barber says the purpose of our meat industry is to use its resources and capabilities to produce to red meat to world class standards for customers who want that
7th Mar 18, 10:03am
22nd Feb 18, 8:41am
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Dodgy OECD data timing distorts local meat consumption figures says Allan Barber resulting in superficial judgments. But he remains confident grass fed beef and lamb will continue to satisfy the tastes of consumers
Dodgy OECD data timing distorts local meat consumption figures says Allan Barber resulting in superficial judgments. But he remains confident grass fed beef and lamb will continue to satisfy the tastes of consumers
22nd Feb 18, 8:41am
16th Feb 18, 4:26pm
Allan Barber sees increasingly urban crowds turning up for traditional A&P Shows like the Warkworth one, and a unique opportunity to balance out urban prejudices with rural realities and sensible perspectives. And it works
Allan Barber sees increasingly urban crowds turning up for traditional A&P Shows like the Warkworth one, and a unique opportunity to balance out urban prejudices with rural realities and sensible perspectives. And it works
16th Feb 18, 4:26pm
1st Feb 18, 4:14pm
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Allan Barber watches quota entitlements as a gauge of shifting meat company fortunes and market share. Rationalisation has brought a stronger meat industry even for farmers
Allan Barber watches quota entitlements as a gauge of shifting meat company fortunes and market share. Rationalisation has brought a stronger meat industry even for farmers
1st Feb 18, 4:14pm
16th Jan 18, 4:38pm
Allan Barber sees ongoing trade access challenges, irrigation, and the growth of China as a food customer all among what will be the key issues in 2018
Allan Barber sees ongoing trade access challenges, irrigation, and the growth of China as a food customer all among what will be the key issues in 2018
16th Jan 18, 4:38pm
19th Dec 17, 8:01pm
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Allan Barber says the investment in the New Zealand red meat sector by Itoham Yonekyu is the 'right kind', linking our products to markets we otherwise wouldn't get access to
Allan Barber says the investment in the New Zealand red meat sector by Itoham Yonekyu is the 'right kind', linking our products to markets we otherwise wouldn't get access to
19th Dec 17, 8:01pm
9th Dec 17, 8:58am
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Suppliers face offers from fewer, stronger, nimble processors, focused on doing a few things really well, and responding to changes in consumer trends. There are positive options
Suppliers face offers from fewer, stronger, nimble processors, focused on doing a few things really well, and responding to changes in consumer trends. There are positive options
9th Dec 17, 8:58am
23rd Nov 17, 4:21pm
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Allan Barber looks at the new opportunities that open up in big multilateral trade agreements now that the US is not part of them. The dynamics have changed
Allan Barber looks at the new opportunities that open up in big multilateral trade agreements now that the US is not part of them. The dynamics have changed
23rd Nov 17, 4:21pm
21st Nov 17, 4:28pm
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Allan Barber says there is no immediate threat, but that new options are coming for consumers and both the dairy and red meat sectors need to front-foot the challenge
Allan Barber says there is no immediate threat, but that new options are coming for consumers and both the dairy and red meat sectors need to front-foot the challenge
21st Nov 17, 4:28pm
8th Nov 17, 1:12pm
Allan Barber likes the reasoning behind the proposed shake-up at MPI, but doesn't want to lose the hard-won benefits of the current structure. An 18+ month black hole is the risk
Allan Barber likes the reasoning behind the proposed shake-up at MPI, but doesn't want to lose the hard-won benefits of the current structure. An 18+ month black hole is the risk
8th Nov 17, 1:12pm
1st Nov 17, 11:21am
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Allan Barber looks at the red meat data and finds whichever way we look at prospects, it would appear to be on an upward trend for the foreseeable future
Allan Barber looks at the red meat data and finds whichever way we look at prospects, it would appear to be on an upward trend for the foreseeable future
1st Nov 17, 11:21am
28th Oct 17, 8:42am
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Allan Barber sees severe UK meat and dairy issues looming due to Brexit that will hurt New Zealand. He says they should give our new political leaders reasons to be cautious about placing restriction on our ability to trade
Allan Barber sees severe UK meat and dairy issues looming due to Brexit that will hurt New Zealand. He says they should give our new political leaders reasons to be cautious about placing restriction on our ability to trade
28th Oct 17, 8:42am
21st Oct 17, 8:03am
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Allan Barber reviews how Australia treats foreign ownership of rural land, finds it "less paranoid", notes it is British and American owners selling to Chinese buyers, rather than foreigner holdings rising sharply
Allan Barber reviews how Australia treats foreign ownership of rural land, finds it "less paranoid", notes it is British and American owners selling to Chinese buyers, rather than foreigner holdings rising sharply
21st Oct 17, 8:03am
11th Oct 17, 9:49am
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Allan Barber reviews the current attempts to form a coalition government, its fractured history, and the lessons from abroad, all from a rural point of view
Allan Barber reviews the current attempts to form a coalition government, its fractured history, and the lessons from abroad, all from a rural point of view
11th Oct 17, 9:49am
27th Sep 17, 9:06am
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Allan Barber reviews the potential for our meat trade with China. The keys include the integrity of the cold chain, building deep relationships with Chinese counterparts. The prize is a market that takes a third of our proiduction in just a few years
Allan Barber reviews the potential for our meat trade with China. The keys include the integrity of the cold chain, building deep relationships with Chinese counterparts. The prize is a market that takes a third of our proiduction in just a few years
27th Sep 17, 9:06am
19th Sep 17, 10:13am
Allan Barber reports there is real proof it’s worth breeding good white faced calves for the beef industry, and reducing the number of bobbies to the works
Allan Barber reports there is real proof it’s worth breeding good white faced calves for the beef industry, and reducing the number of bobbies to the works
19th Sep 17, 10:13am
16th Sep 17, 10:15am
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Allan Barber reports that AFFCO is learning that Chinese customers are confused by western sheep meat cuts so is shipping chilled whole carcases, and getting a premium
Allan Barber reports that AFFCO is learning that Chinese customers are confused by western sheep meat cuts so is shipping chilled whole carcases, and getting a premium
16th Sep 17, 10:15am

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