Celebrations will be held in London and Oamaru on May 24 to mark the 140and anniversary of the first consignment of frozen lamb from New Zealand arriving in the UK in 1882.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) Chairman Andrew Morrison and New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Bede Corry will speak at Butchers Hall, headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Butchers in London.
The event, which will be attended by representatives of major UK lamb customers, will include a welcome and performance by the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club, as well as a New Zealand Lamb BBQ.
Meanwhile, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd will also mark anniversaries with dinner at Oamaru’s Loan and Mercantile Building.
Speakers include George Berry, former owner of Totara Estate, south of Oamaru, where the initial consignment of lamb was processed before leaving Port Chalmers for London on February 15, 1882.
Berry, who with his wife Carol owned the family farm Totara Estate for 50 years, will describe the early history of the meat export trade, including the pioneering role of Thomas Brydone, superintendent of the New Zealand and Australia Land Co.
Sirma Karapeeva, Managing Director of the Meat Industry Association, and Nicky Hyslop, Director of NZMB and Director of Farmers at B+LNZ Central South Island were also named speakers for the Oamaru event.
Morrison says the anniversary is particularly significant given that the NZMB is also celebrating its centenary this year.
“The Meat Board was established in 1922 and although its role has evolved, the Board now oversees $2.3 billion worth of red meat exports to the EU, UK and US quota markets. United States, financial reserves on behalf of the red meat sector and stimulates investment in the good activities of the industry such as genetics,” says Morrison.
Sam McIvor, Managing Director of B+LNZ and NZMB, says the UK event is a great opportunity to highlight innovation and successes in the red meat industry.
New Zealand farmers today are just as proud of the high quality of their naturally raised lamb as their predecessors were in 1882. This first expedition was the start of the New Zealand lamb industry. world famous lamb.
“In 2020-21, New Zealand exported over 406,000 tonnes of sheep meat, worth $3.86 billion, to a total of 87 countries. The sector has also made exceptional productivity gains since the 1990s. Sheep numbers have fallen, but lamb export volumes have increased and greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by more than 30%.