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 Aug 15, 5:30pm
High beef production volumes comes when prices are high, US demand strong, and exchange rate low
High beef production volumes comes when prices are high, US demand strong, and exchange rate low
15th Aug 15, 5:30pm
6th Aug 15, 10:49am
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Allan Barber says Fonterra’s restructure is more about poor strategy than milk price
Allan Barber says Fonterra’s restructure is more about poor strategy than milk price
6th Aug 15, 10:49am
29th Jul 15, 4:33pm
Farmer attitudes the key to earning top returns according to conference research. Industry in surprisingly good heart, reports Allan Barber
Farmer attitudes the key to earning top returns according to conference research. Industry in surprisingly good heart, reports Allan Barber
29th Jul 15, 4:33pm
24th Jul 15, 11:00am
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Will the better results improve the likelihood the two big meat co-ops can finally find a way to merge, asks Allan Barber
Will the better results improve the likelihood the two big meat co-ops can finally find a way to merge, asks Allan Barber
24th Jul 15, 11:00am
16th Jul 15, 10:11am
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Allan Barber explores the reasons the NAIT system was adopted and whether it will deliver when its data is really needed
Allan Barber explores the reasons the NAIT system was adopted and whether it will deliver when its data is really needed
16th Jul 15, 10:11am
5th Jul 15, 1:03pm
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Allan Barber questions the reliability of the compulsory tagging of cattle and deer with officially approved RFID tags
Allan Barber questions the reliability of the compulsory tagging of cattle and deer with officially approved RFID tags
5th Jul 15, 1:03pm
4th Jul 15, 10:08am
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Allan Barber reviews the high hopes, the reasons for failure, and wonders where to now
Allan Barber reviews the high hopes, the reasons for failure, and wonders where to now
4th Jul 15, 10:08am
3rd Jul 15, 6:54am
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Allan Barber reviews the capacity and financial situation at Silver Fern Farms, concluding 'there is no alternative' to outside capital
Allan Barber reviews the capacity and financial situation at Silver Fern Farms, concluding 'there is no alternative' to outside capital
3rd Jul 15, 6:54am
28th Jun 15, 3:46pm
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Allan Barber compares the prospects of two trade agreements currently being negotiated - the TPPA and the Gulf States FTA - and finds murky waters
Allan Barber compares the prospects of two trade agreements currently being negotiated - the TPPA and the Gulf States FTA - and finds murky waters
28th Jun 15, 3:46pm
19th Jun 15, 5:18pm
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Allan Barber wonders if the Government has learned its lesson over the 'farcical' Gulf States Agrihub venture
Allan Barber wonders if the Government has learned its lesson over the 'farcical' Gulf States Agrihub venture
19th Jun 15, 5:18pm
13th Jun 15, 10:37am
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Easy to say, hard to do: add value to our agricultural output. How do we build our 'powerhouses' with the 7 key attributes in their DNA
Easy to say, hard to do: add value to our agricultural output. How do we build our 'powerhouses' with the 7 key attributes in their DNA
13th Jun 15, 10:37am
30th May 15, 9:38am
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Allan Barber takes a brief look back at how meat schedules were set in the time taxpayers underpinned farmer incomes
Allan Barber takes a brief look back at how meat schedules were set in the time taxpayers underpinned farmer incomes
30th May 15, 9:38am
27th May 15, 10:42am
Allan Barber reviews the strategic and operational choices facing the Alliance Group, with its new industry-outsider CEO, David Surveyor
Allan Barber reviews the strategic and operational choices facing the Alliance Group, with its new industry-outsider CEO, David Surveyor
27th May 15, 10:42am
15th May 15, 1:50pm
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Allan Barber warns of the risks in the way MPI is setting its priorities and says it risks loss of focus on food safety and biosecurity
Allan Barber warns of the risks in the way MPI is setting its priorities and says it risks loss of focus on food safety and biosecurity
15th May 15, 1:50pm
3rd May 15, 5:50pm
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Allan Barber says alternate land use options are limited when all have restrained profitability at the same time. He reviews the outlook
Allan Barber says alternate land use options are limited when all have restrained profitability at the same time. He reviews the outlook
3rd May 15, 5:50pm
15th Apr 15, 12:01pm
Allan Barber sees little sign of enthusiasm among the meat processors for taking up MIE report recommendations
Allan Barber sees little sign of enthusiasm among the meat processors for taking up MIE report recommendations
15th Apr 15, 12:01pm
10th Apr 15, 11:34am
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British farmers in trouble, reports Allan Barber. Financial sustainability undermined by being forced to face global forces, threatening local 'food security'
British farmers in trouble, reports Allan Barber. Financial sustainability undermined by being forced to face global forces, threatening local 'food security'
10th Apr 15, 11:34am
1st Apr 15, 1:00pm
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MIE’s plan is heavy on production cost and efficiency analysis with a wish-list of what is desirable, but light on strategy for achieving it, says Allan Barber
MIE’s plan is heavy on production cost and efficiency analysis with a wish-list of what is desirable, but light on strategy for achieving it, says Allan Barber
1st Apr 15, 1:00pm
1st Apr 15, 9:24am
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Allan Barber explores the inherent conflict between cooperative members’ expectations and external investors’ desire for returns on their investment
Allan Barber explores the inherent conflict between cooperative members’ expectations and external investors’ desire for returns on their investment
1st Apr 15, 9:24am
28th Mar 15, 12:08pm
SOE's CEO focusing on key initiatives to drive improvements and beat the commodity cycles
SOE's CEO focusing on key initiatives to drive improvements and beat the commodity cycles
28th Mar 15, 12:08pm
18th Mar 15, 12:02pm
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Allan Barber reviews the major MIE report which contains some serious options for revitalising the red meat sector, but wonders whether it will lead to change
Allan Barber reviews the major MIE report which contains some serious options for revitalising the red meat sector, but wonders whether it will lead to change
18th Mar 15, 12:02pm
28th Feb 15, 11:10am
Allan Barber looks at the recent changes at ANZCO Foods and the new path Itoham Foods is taking them
Allan Barber looks at the recent changes at ANZCO Foods and the new path Itoham Foods is taking them
28th Feb 15, 11:10am
20th Feb 15, 1:47pm
Allan Barber takes on John McCarthy again ... arguing that seasons and market conditions make a much bigger contribution to price variability than ownership structures
Allan Barber takes on John McCarthy again ... arguing that seasons and market conditions make a much bigger contribution to price variability than ownership structures
20th Feb 15, 1:47pm
12th Feb 15, 4:10pm
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Allan Barber says that fast changing market conditions are behind the fall in all red meat prices and they would be faced by any industry structure
Allan Barber says that fast changing market conditions are behind the fall in all red meat prices and they would be faced by any industry structure
12th Feb 15, 4:10pm
7th Feb 15, 9:40am
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Allan Barber assesses the changes confronting A&P Shows and shows how one is adapting to the erosion of its traditional constituency
Allan Barber assesses the changes confronting A&P Shows and shows how one is adapting to the erosion of its traditional constituency
7th Feb 15, 9:40am

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