Angus Programme

Unlocking a Premium Edge

The Silver Fern Farms Backbone® Angus Programme rewards you for being dedicated to delivering the highest-quality grass-fed Angus beef. Our Plate to Pasture strategy is focused on driving increased sales of value-added products, increasing our profitability so that we can return premiums to our suppliers. And, Silver Fern Farms Angus is one of our most highly valued products.

The quality of Silver Fern Farms Angus is made possible by the skill of our farmers. It’s what allows us to offer this world-class product to our customers.

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Receiving financial reward for stock management and genetic selection practices that lead to quality stock through the Silver Fern Farms Eating Quality™ (EQ) System

Being linked with a select group of leading global Foodservice customers

Having access to individual animal data, through the FarmIQ management system, helping to identify opportunities on-farm to lift Angus Programme eligibility

Drive our New Zealand Grass-fed Angus Story

As a member of the Silver Fern Farms Backbone® Angus Programme, you are a key part of our story of perfecting the bold, beef taste of Angus, as it should be.

A story of the Silver Fern Farmers’ New Zealand farms, where grass-fed beef can be raised to the highest levels of quality.

And, as the farmers who understand the character and strength of Angus, consistently producing the very finest examples of the breed.

A bold, naturally marbled grass-fed beef, delivered to the chef with a promise of quality and consistency that comes from the skill of our farmers and processors.

Our Angus Programme is creating an ingredient for the imagination – rich, tender, juicy, Silver Fern Farms Angus Beef.


75% Angus (Angus sire over Angus or Angus-cross dam)

pH up to and including 5.8

P1 and P2-graded steer and heifer only

220.5kg – 370.0kg


Guideline age 36 months or less (measured by dentition of no more than four teeth in wear)

NAIT – all animals to be tagged with NAIT-approved RFID tags

All cattle must be 60 days Farm Assured

All cattle must be grass fed

Customer Programmes

  • United States – MARX Imports (Foodservice)
  • New Zealand – Bidvest (Foodservice)
  • China – Angliss (Foodservice)
  • Singapore – Ben Foods (Foodservice)

For more information on becoming a Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Shareholder, supply options, Backbone® contract terms and conditions, full details on stock eligibility criteria and the availability of our Backbone® programmes, please contact your Silver Fern Farms Livestock Representative or customer services on 0800 362 362