B+LNZ works with a range of domestic and international primary industry organisations to improve access to overseas markets for New Zealand meat and related products.

Building these relationships with other countries ensures we can work together on trade policy and technical issues in key markets, and engage with international regulators so they better understand our position and – in some cases – lend their support.

Domestic partnerships

International partnerships

Domestic partnerships

New Zealand United States Council

The NZ-US Council is a non-partisan body funded by business and the government to foster a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between New Zealand and the United States.

The council is an advocate for the expansion of trade and economic links between the two countries. This two-way trade is currently worth NZ$8 billion a year.

Together with its counterpart in Washington, the council organises the US-NZ Partnership Forum – a round table for discussing trade and business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Find out more about the NZ-US Council  

International Business Forum

We represent sheep and beef farmers’ interests among this collaboration of business leaders from New Zealand’s export, manufacturing and service sectors.

The forum believes global alliances are critical to New Zealand’s economic future, and is focused on expanding the country’s international business opportunities.

Its top priority is nurturing and developing our business and economic relationship with Japan. Other forum projects include Korea and India, a watching brief on Russia and the European Union and support for existing strategies with Australia, the United States and China.

Land and Water Forum

B+LNZ is part of the Land and Water Forum, which advises the environment and agriculture ministers on long-term strategies for New Zealand’s fresh water.

The forum includes primary industry groups, iwi and environmental and recreational 
non-governmental organisations with an interest in freshwater and land management.

National Animal Identification and Tracing

We are a shareholder in the industry-owned company responsible for implementing an animal identification and traceability system to protect New Zealand’s access to overseas markets and safeguard farmers’ incomes.

The scheme will become mandatory in 2012. Meanwhile, we continue to work to ensure the system is robust, affordable, and has strict rules to protect private farmer data.

Animal Health Board

The Animal Health Board’s mission is to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) in New Zealand. It has a legal responsibility to manage and implement the National Pest Management Strategy for bovine TB, with powers under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Board representatives come from the farming sector and local government. It is accountable to its member organisations and to the Minister of Agriculture.

International partnerships

International Beef Alliance

The International Beef Alliance (IBA) includes the national organisations representing beef cattle producers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay and the United States. These countries account for 46% of global beef cattle production and 63% of global beef exports. 

The IBA provides a forum for the nations to discuss animal health and welfare, and market access issues, and to co-ordinate responses on issues that affect trade in beef and livestock.

Each year the alliance meets in one of the member countries.

Tri-Lamb Group

B+LNZ is committed to the Tri-Lamb Group, a forum that enables us to work with Australian and United States lamb producer groups to develop the US market.

The group’s major focus has been raising awareness among Americans of the health benefits of eating lamb, regardless of origin.

Members have also agreed to align policy positions on various issues wherever possible and share information and networks in areas like sheep genomics.

International Meat Secretariat

The International Meat Secretariat provides an excellent opportunity to work with other producer nations from around the world.

We discuss issues like sustainability, animal welfare, animal identification and traceability, and food safety risks, to ensure they don’t become barriers to international markets.