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

21st Jan 15, 9:51am
Allan Barber unpicks farmer scepticism of the wool trade and finds remarkable similarities to their red meat opinions - and a disconnect with their actions
Allan Barber unpicks farmer scepticism of the wool trade and finds remarkable similarities to their red meat opinions - and a disconnect with their actions
21st Jan 15, 9:51am
24th Dec 14, 4:25pm
After a torrid three years with combined pre-tax losses of $77 million the big meat processor claims positives even though it misses guidance
After a torrid three years with combined pre-tax losses of $77 million the big meat processor claims positives even though it misses guidance
24th Dec 14, 4:25pm
16th Dec 14, 10:11am
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Allan Barber wonders if the focus on processor industry reform is the key to better returns; perhaps the real solutions are to be found on-farm
Allan Barber wonders if the focus on processor industry reform is the key to better returns; perhaps the real solutions are to be found on-farm
16th Dec 14, 10:11am
12th Dec 14, 1:41pm
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Allan Barber is incredulous about the MyMilk offer from Fonterra, even more interested to know what Fonterra shareholding suppliers think
Allan Barber is incredulous about the MyMilk offer from Fonterra, even more interested to know what Fonterra shareholding suppliers think
12th Dec 14, 1:41pm
6th Dec 14, 8:03am
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Allan Barber reports on the reaction to the 'moratorium proposal' among the leaders of the key players affected
Allan Barber reports on the reaction to the 'moratorium proposal' among the leaders of the key players affected
6th Dec 14, 8:03am
22nd Nov 14, 5:05pm
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Allan Barber says that significant progress may soon be possible if a moratorium on new licences can underpin capacity rationalisation without stifling innovation or competition
Allan Barber says that significant progress may soon be possible if a moratorium on new licences can underpin capacity rationalisation without stifling innovation or competition
22nd Nov 14, 5:05pm
21st Nov 14, 2:04pm
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Allan Barber reviews the history of the redmeat processing industry which shows both farmers and processors have made tremendous progress
Allan Barber reviews the history of the redmeat processing industry which shows both farmers and processors have made tremendous progress
21st Nov 14, 2:04pm
13th Nov 14, 1:17pm
New Zealand's main meat co-operatives are undergoing change. Allan Barber assesses the recent history of both and prospects for each
New Zealand's main meat co-operatives are undergoing change. Allan Barber assesses the recent history of both and prospects for each
13th Nov 14, 1:17pm
11th Nov 14, 4:16pm
Allan Barber profiles a key personality who drove the sales of New Zealand lamb in the UK
Allan Barber profiles a key personality who drove the sales of New Zealand lamb in the UK
11th Nov 14, 4:16pm
31st Oct 14, 1:00pm
Allan Barber looks behind the latest Silver Fern Farms profit result and its change of senior managers, assessing the options for its future
Allan Barber looks behind the latest Silver Fern Farms profit result and its change of senior managers, assessing the options for its future
31st Oct 14, 1:00pm
23rd Oct 14, 11:10am
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Allan Barber wonders if the long-standing reluctance of Japan to open up its markets to agricultural imports may be coming to an end as its rice farming 'rots from the inside'
Allan Barber wonders if the long-standing reluctance of Japan to open up its markets to agricultural imports may be coming to an end as its rice farming 'rots from the inside'
23rd Oct 14, 11:10am
6th Oct 14, 4:52pm
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Allan Barber is hopeful, sceptical, and suspicious of the latest MIE group's survey and its prospects for adoption. Bridge, water, more
Allan Barber is hopeful, sceptical, and suspicious of the latest MIE group's survey and its prospects for adoption. Bridge, water, more
6th Oct 14, 4:52pm
1st Oct 14, 10:12am
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Allan Barber surveys the implications of the election result on the rural sector and finds most leaders see present policies delivering "the desired outcomes"
Allan Barber surveys the implications of the election result on the rural sector and finds most leaders see present policies delivering "the desired outcomes"
1st Oct 14, 10:12am
19th Sep 14, 2:34pm
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Allan Barber describes where MIE are at trying to improve 'a bad system', but suspects what we have is 'the best there is'
Allan Barber describes where MIE are at trying to improve 'a bad system', but suspects what we have is 'the best there is'
19th Sep 14, 2:34pm
17th Sep 14, 1:54pm
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Allan Barber is concerned about an industry inability to agree on an effective country-of-origin promotion strategy
Allan Barber is concerned about an industry inability to agree on an effective country-of-origin promotion strategy
17th Sep 14, 1:54pm
13th Sep 14, 11:01am
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Allan Barber likes what Federated Farmers is focusing on for the rural sector. The importance of bees and the core role science plays are key issues he says
Allan Barber likes what Federated Farmers is focusing on for the rural sector. The importance of bees and the core role science plays are key issues he says
13th Sep 14, 11:01am
5th Sep 14, 12:20pm
Voting for the proposed wool levy will start soon. Allan Barber assesses the arguments on both sides of the debate
Voting for the proposed wool levy will start soon. Allan Barber assesses the arguments on both sides of the debate
5th Sep 14, 12:20pm
4th Sep 14, 10:59am
Allan Barber investigates why stock prices differ so much between the Islands, looking to see whether the variances will ease soon
Allan Barber investigates why stock prices differ so much between the Islands, looking to see whether the variances will ease soon
4th Sep 14, 10:59am
28th Aug 14, 2:36pm
Should levy funds be used for country of origin marketing or be targeted at farm gate issues? Allan Barber reviews the choices ahead of the Beef+LambNZ referendum
Should levy funds be used for country of origin marketing or be targeted at farm gate issues? Allan Barber reviews the choices ahead of the Beef+LambNZ referendum
28th Aug 14, 2:36pm
20th Aug 14, 7:46pm
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Allan Barber reviews the complex issues surrounding 'foreign ownership' of rural businesses, points to ANZCO as an example of how it can work to advantage NZ
Allan Barber reviews the complex issues surrounding 'foreign ownership' of rural businesses, points to ANZCO as an example of how it can work to advantage NZ
20th Aug 14, 7:46pm
13th Aug 14, 8:47am
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Livestock numbers forecast shows little change - unlikely to achieve MPI’s optimistic revenue forecasts
Livestock numbers forecast shows little change - unlikely to achieve MPI’s optimistic revenue forecasts
13th Aug 14, 8:47am
10th Aug 14, 6:34pm
Despite the volatility, New Zealand red meat producers are urged to focus on the premium end of customer demand. The shortage in the East will benefit NZ
Despite the volatility, New Zealand red meat producers are urged to focus on the premium end of customer demand. The shortage in the East will benefit NZ
10th Aug 14, 6:34pm
6th Aug 14, 11:45am
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Allan Barber reports on the recent Red Meat Sector Conference, highlighting the key sessions and speakers
Allan Barber reports on the recent Red Meat Sector Conference, highlighting the key sessions and speakers
6th Aug 14, 11:45am
25th Jul 14, 11:11am
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Allan Barber finds some strong green shoots in the sheep and beef farming sector; half-full or half-empty?
Allan Barber finds some strong green shoots in the sheep and beef farming sector; half-full or half-empty?
25th Jul 14, 11:11am
23rd Jul 14, 11:53am
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Allan Barber says only the Government has the power to bring urgently needed change to a now disillusioned red meat industry that has been trying on its own for 30 years
Allan Barber says only the Government has the power to bring urgently needed change to a now disillusioned red meat industry that has been trying on its own for 30 years
23rd Jul 14, 11:53am

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