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The Beef Cattle Farming in New Zealand market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Movements in global production, consumption and prices affect domestic cattle farm revenue
  • Beef prices are expected to recover slightly over 2017-18 as export demand increases
  • Demand from the United States is expected to improve over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Beef Cattle Farming industry has displayed robust growth over the past five years. Low rainfall, pasture quality, and cattle and beef prices inhibited farm conditions in 2012-13. Prices have since rebounded and pastures have improved. Rising demand from meat processing, and downstream demand for beef products from export markets have supported industry revenue growth over the period. In particular, beef exports to China have exhibited substantial growth. The New Zealand dollar has depreciated relative to the US dollar, the currency in which many export trade contracts are denominated, which has boosted prices received from these markets. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 2.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $2.7 billion...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Beef Cattle Farming industry displays low market share concentration. The industry's largest players account for well below 40% of industry revenue. The vast majority of beef cattle farmers are expected to be family-owned, which results in the industry's highly fragmented nature. These businesses are typically run by the farm owner, with additional work undertaken by family members.

    Industry participation, as reflected by industry enterprises, has increased marginally over the past five years. However, the industry's market share concentration level is expected to have remained largely unchanged over the period. This is because no new entrants over the past five years have gained a significant share of the market.


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    Additional Insights for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Appropriate physical growing conditions
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Beef and veal production and Domestic price of beef in the Beef Cattle Farming industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Beef Cattle Farming in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry operators primarily farm, breed and graze beef cattle. Firms that primarily operate cattle feedlots or farm mixed livestock are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Calves and vealers
    Heifers and steers
    Cows and bulls
    Industry Activities
    Beef cattle farming
    Beef cattle breeding
    Beef cattle grazing
    Dairy cattle agistment and replacement services
    Domesticated buffalo grazing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Beef and veal production
  • Domestic price of beef
  • Demand from meat processing
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Global influences
  • Herds and prices
  • Participation and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Export markets
  • Profit and structure
  • Table: Beef Cattle Farming Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Beef Cattle Farming Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Meat Processing in New Zealand
  • Livestock and Other Agricultural Supplies Wholesaling in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef Cattle Farming in New Zealand
  • Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services in New Zealand
  • Veterinary Services in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Heifers and steers
  • Cows and bulls
  • Calves and vealers
  • Chart: Beef Cattle Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Downstream processors selling to other export markets
  • Downstream processors selling to the United States
  • Downstream processors selling to domestic markets
  • Other farmers for stocking or breeding
  • Export markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Beef Cattle Farming

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Beef Cattle Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Chilled Beef
  • Exported beef products that been refrigerated, rather than frozen.
  • Imputed Wage
  • The expected value of farm labour inputs by farm owners and their family members.
  • Turnoff Rate
  • The number of cattle produced by a farm that is made available to market.
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