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

13th Jul 17, 8:57am
Allan Barber says the Japan - EU deal makes Japan the key player in reviving the TPP11 deal, which will always be much better than a series of bilateral agreements
Allan Barber says the Japan - EU deal makes Japan the key player in reviving the TPP11 deal, which will always be much better than a series of bilateral agreements
13th Jul 17, 8:57am
4th Jul 17, 2:15pm
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High prices are expected to hold in world beef markets as big changes work their way through some producer countries, and China's appetite for beef grows
High prices are expected to hold in world beef markets as big changes work their way through some producer countries, and China's appetite for beef grows
4th Jul 17, 2:15pm
15th Jun 17, 8:49am
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Allan Barber see some huge improvements in agricultural sector fortunes from the work being done now with the Primary Growth Partnership programmes, but most of the benefits are still some way off
Allan Barber see some huge improvements in agricultural sector fortunes from the work being done now with the Primary Growth Partnership programmes, but most of the benefits are still some way off
15th Jun 17, 8:49am
31st May 17, 9:52am
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Our meat industry sells its products in most export markets, but those prepared to pay what our farmers think they need is still a relatively small set, says Allan Barber
Our meat industry sells its products in most export markets, but those prepared to pay what our farmers think they need is still a relatively small set, says Allan Barber
31st May 17, 9:52am
19th May 17, 11:33am
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With throughput down by more than a half in the past seven years, keeping the Ashburton plant open has ceased to be a viable option for Silver Fern Farms, explains Allan Barber
With throughput down by more than a half in the past seven years, keeping the Ashburton plant open has ceased to be a viable option for Silver Fern Farms, explains Allan Barber
19th May 17, 11:33am
17th May 17, 12:51pm
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Allan Barber doubts British farmers can adapt their farm practices, increase productivity and apply technology, open up new markets and make the necessary significant land use changes to survive Brexit
Allan Barber doubts British farmers can adapt their farm practices, increase productivity and apply technology, open up new markets and make the necessary significant land use changes to survive Brexit
17th May 17, 12:51pm
10th May 17, 2:25pm
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Allan Barber looks at the dire state of British farming and concludes, we don't know how lucky we are
Allan Barber looks at the dire state of British farming and concludes, we don't know how lucky we are
10th May 17, 2:25pm
4th May 17, 11:08am
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Allan Barber warns of "a hell of a shame" if New Zealand’s reputation was destroyed by farmers, agents and processors succumbing to the temptation to sell and buy out-of-specification product from saleyards
Allan Barber warns of "a hell of a shame" if New Zealand’s reputation was destroyed by farmers, agents and processors succumbing to the temptation to sell and buy out-of-specification product from saleyards
4th May 17, 11:08am
19th Apr 17, 8:44am
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Allan Barber reviews a cross-party review of how to achieve climate targets, one that will entail a difficult transition for rural economies
Allan Barber reviews a cross-party review of how to achieve climate targets, one that will entail a difficult transition for rural economies
19th Apr 17, 8:44am
12th Apr 17, 11:43am
The collapse of the Chinese takeover offer leaves the Invercargill meat processor in a tough spot says Allan Barber, and shareholders face 'disappointing results'
The collapse of the Chinese takeover offer leaves the Invercargill meat processor in a tough spot says Allan Barber, and shareholders face 'disappointing results'
12th Apr 17, 11:43am
6th Apr 17, 9:50am
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In identifying carcase quality, Allan Barber says the more cautious New Zealand approach appears to offer farmers better value than an expensive industry investment in an unproven technology to be adopted in Australia
In identifying carcase quality, Allan Barber says the more cautious New Zealand approach appears to offer farmers better value than an expensive industry investment in an unproven technology to be adopted in Australia
6th Apr 17, 9:50am
30th Mar 17, 9:51am
Trade agreements for red meat exports are gaining momentum with 'progress' in China, Iran and Indonesia reports Allan Barber
Trade agreements for red meat exports are gaining momentum with 'progress' in China, Iran and Indonesia reports Allan Barber
30th Mar 17, 9:51am
8th Mar 17, 11:03am
Allan Barber assesses the changing meat industry employment landscape and the role of the MWU, seeing a slow improvement despite some recent bumps with Talleys
Allan Barber assesses the changing meat industry employment landscape and the role of the MWU, seeing a slow improvement despite some recent bumps with Talleys
8th Mar 17, 11:03am
22nd Feb 17, 10:52am
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Beef+Lamb NZ is about to launch a new comprehensive strategy that includes building credibility for our red meat with consumers in competition with other forms of protein
Beef+Lamb NZ is about to launch a new comprehensive strategy that includes building credibility for our red meat with consumers in competition with other forms of protein
22nd Feb 17, 10:52am
9th Feb 17, 8:39am
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Allan Barber reviews how large the risk is to New Zealand's beef trade with the USA if the Trump Administration ends the current favourable quota access
Allan Barber reviews how large the risk is to New Zealand's beef trade with the USA if the Trump Administration ends the current favourable quota access
9th Feb 17, 8:39am
27th Jan 17, 9:38am
Allan Barber says SFF needs to bed down its new shareholding, take advantage of its improved balance sheet, and convince its suppliers to stay with it
Allan Barber says SFF needs to bed down its new shareholding, take advantage of its improved balance sheet, and convince its suppliers to stay with it
27th Jan 17, 9:38am
19th Jan 17, 4:51pm
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Allan Barber reviews Silver Fern Farms latest financial results. He puts his microscope on the company's optimistic outlook
Allan Barber reviews Silver Fern Farms latest financial results. He puts his microscope on the company's optimistic outlook
19th Jan 17, 4:51pm
12th Jan 17, 10:32am
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Allan Barber shows there is no easy route to higher levels of farm profitability as the dark outlook for EU and UK farmers shows. NZ farmers will find it hard to duck global trends
Allan Barber shows there is no easy route to higher levels of farm profitability as the dark outlook for EU and UK farmers shows. NZ farmers will find it hard to duck global trends
12th Jan 17, 10:32am
23rd Dec 16, 2:12pm
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Allan Barber finds we are looking at dramatically increased uncertainty in 2017, where change is certain, but also a time where the bold will prosper
Allan Barber finds we are looking at dramatically increased uncertainty in 2017, where change is certain, but also a time where the bold will prosper
23rd Dec 16, 2:12pm
7th Dec 16, 8:12am
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Allan Barber finds the Kiwi way toward higher farmer incomes ignores what has worked in other countries, locking us out of hugely successful alliances and profit models
Allan Barber finds the Kiwi way toward higher farmer incomes ignores what has worked in other countries, locking us out of hugely successful alliances and profit models
7th Dec 16, 8:12am
2nd Dec 16, 12:29pm
Allan Barber looks closer at the financial results of the Alliance Group and finds plenty of operating improvement, but the profit gains touted look minor given the size of their business
Allan Barber looks closer at the financial results of the Alliance Group and finds plenty of operating improvement, but the profit gains touted look minor given the size of their business
2nd Dec 16, 12:29pm
23rd Nov 16, 10:02am
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Allan Barber finds the meat industry needing to adapt to unexpected changes in it export market prospects, yet still convert grass to payments to farmers fast. He sees increased challenges
Allan Barber finds the meat industry needing to adapt to unexpected changes in it export market prospects, yet still convert grass to payments to farmers fast. He sees increased challenges
23rd Nov 16, 10:02am
12th Nov 16, 8:38am
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An aggressive efficiency program has brought a dramatic reduction in debt, lower operating costs, and better customer engagement. Alliance is in its best shape in years
An aggressive efficiency program has brought a dramatic reduction in debt, lower operating costs, and better customer engagement. Alliance is in its best shape in years
12th Nov 16, 8:38am
9th Nov 16, 8:02am
In disbanding MIE fires shots at everyone else over its failure to bring the change it sought. But the industry has changed substantially in other ways. Will farm-gate returns rise?
In disbanding MIE fires shots at everyone else over its failure to bring the change it sought. But the industry has changed substantially in other ways. Will farm-gate returns rise?
9th Nov 16, 8:02am
28th Oct 16, 8:03am
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Allan Barber looks at the odd financial structure of the meat industry that sees huge revenues and tiny profits for processors and compares that to the Australian structure
Allan Barber looks at the odd financial structure of the meat industry that sees huge revenues and tiny profits for processors and compares that to the Australian structure
28th Oct 16, 8:03am

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