Better sheep breeding: buying the right rams for your flock with Annie O’Connell, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics

November 24, 2017

Beef + Lamb New Zealand provides funding to Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics so that New Zealand ram breeders have the best tools at their disposal, and sheep farmers benefit from rapid and effective genetic gain. On this podcast, National Sheep Genetics Manager, Annie O’Connell, discusses some recent advances in the information available to help choose rams, and how farmers can make the best use of it.

More information on the maternal and terminal indexes we discuss can be found at, the ram buyer guide is downloadable at and check out the B+LNZ Genetics website here:


Protect our future – Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity: Dave Harrison and Chris Houston, Beef + Lamb New Zealand

November 15, 2017

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is seeking farmers’ support for us to join other primary sector groups in signing the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed (GIA). On this podcast, Dave Harrison, B+LNZ’s General Manager Policy and Advocacy, and Chris Houston, Manager – Technical Policy, discuss the benefits of signing the GIA, the increased certainty and control over our own biosecurity destiny it will bring, and how this justifies potential costs. Plus, they explain what those costs could be.

To download a copy of B+LNZ’s Drystock Biosecurity Guidelines, which outline good management practice on farm, visit:


Farming for more than just money – Steve Wyn-Harris

September 25, 2017

Steve Wyn-Harris is well known in farming circles in New Zealand, with his weekly newspaper column, speaking engagements and radio show. For a change he is the subject of an interview, and we are discussing his thoughts and lessons learned about farming successfully. Steve is an entertaining speaker and writer, and at the same time achieving very high levels of performance and personal satisfaction from running a family farm (a version of the Farm Profit distribution graph Steve refers to can be seen here:


Hogget lambing – unlocking the potential: Professor Paul Kenyon, Massey University

August 24, 2017

Lambing hoggets can be an effective way to increase flock productivity and profit – if it is done well, and in the right circumstances. Professor Paul Kenyon is Head of the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University and has led research into successful hogget lambing for over 15 years. He joined us on the call to share what he has learned. For more details, check out Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s guide to hogget lambing at


B+LNZ Farmer Consultation 2017

August 22, 2017

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Chair and Farmer Director for Northern North Island James Parsons joins us to give an outline of B+LNZ’s refreshed strategy, and proposed priorities for the future. For more details, and to give your feedback, head to


‘Break-Feed’: Will Morrison, National Chair of Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Council

August 13, 2017

"Break-Feeds" are 5 minute podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Will Morrison was recently elected National Chair of the B+LNZ Farmer Council, which is the key group that provides advice, and a connection with other farmers, for B+LNZ directors and staff. At the National AGM 2017 he talks about the purpose and activities of B+LNZ Farmer Council and what he intends to achieve in his role. Make sure to follow Will on Twitter: @morrisonfarming


Better Beef Genetics and the Dairy Industry: The dairy-beef integration project, with Doug Lineham and Bob Thomson

August 13, 2017

The majority of New Zealand’s beef has dairy genetics in it, and most of that comes from calves born to dairy cows. Can the industry use improved beef genetics to safely and profitably produce calves from dairy cows, improve dairy farm profit and at the same time produce a fast growing, great eating animal? Doug Lineham and Bob Thomson were part of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Dairy Beef Integration Project and join us to talk about why the project was funded and what it found – opportunities for dairy farmers, calf rearers and beef finishers. The full report and a summary factsheet are available on the B+LNZ website.


‘Break-Feed’: Leptospirosis can kill farmers, with Matt and Lynley Wyeth

July 30, 2017

‘Break-Feeds’ are 5 minute podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Lynley and Matt Wyeth are well known for pushing the boundaries with their on-farm trials and running an intensive sheep and beef farm at large scale. This year Matt also nearly died from a leptospirosis infection. They join us to talk about the experience, the symptoms – and the silver lining with Matt forced to spend time working ON the business rather than in it.

For more information on protecting people on farms from leptospirosis, visit

For more information on the Wyeth’s Innovation Programme projects, visit, call 0800 233 352 or email


‘Break-Feed’: Three electronic opportunities for sheep and beef farms, with Neil Aitken, North Waikato

July 27, 2017

Neil Aitken is part of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Innovation Farm Programme. In the next couple of years, he is going to trial remote vehicle monitoring (for management and for Health and Safety), virtual fencing cattle via electronic ear-tag, and electric motorbikes. On this ‘Break-Feed’ podcast, he gives a quick overview of each technology and how he hopes to use them.


‘Break-Feed’: Feeding lambs on Fodder Beet, with Scott Linklater

July 26, 2017

‘Break-Feeds’ are short podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand to let you know about interesting things happening. Scott Linklater is part of the B+LNZ Innovation Farms, and has been looking at using Fodder Beet in sheep and beef systems. He gives us a quick 5-minute overview of the positive results to date of grazing lambs in autumn on Fodder beet. For more information on this project, contact B+LNZ on 0800 233 352 or