Rewarded for Performance
Involvement in the Backbone® Reserve Programme delivers you significant advantages:
Receiving financial reward for all aspects of herd quality, and management, including genetic selection practices with premiums that are directly related to quality stock production measured by the Silver Fern Farms Eating Quality™ System for beef (BeefEQ)
Having eligibility for all stock, of all breeds (including heifers and younger cattle) to meet the BeefEQ criteria
Being linked with a select group of leading global customers
Having access to individual animal data, through the FarmIQ management system, helping to identify opportunities on-farm to lift Reserve Programme eligibility
Achieving absolute clarity of herd performance as measured against eating quality
Drive our Reserve Story – Rare Quality
As a member of the Silver Fern Farms Backbone® Reserve Programme, you are a key part of our story of true rarity and absolute quality that we are telling to the world.
A story of selected farms, in the rarest of places – New Zealand.
And the selected farmers who work the land with rare skill to produce grass-fed beef to a level of quality with no equal.
Judged to the highest standards by trained graders and a system that allows us to offer a rare promise.
Extraordinary eating quality, guaranteed. Consistent tenderness, juiciness and flavour, backed by your skills and our eating quality system, BeefEQ.
Your beef can carry the Reserve mark – a mark of rare quality so exceptional that only 4 in 100 carcases will earn it.
Silver Fern Farms Beef EQ grading system – attributes to be assessed (to meet Reserve EQ score):
pH, Rib Fat, Marbling, Ossification, Meat Colour, Fat Colour
220.5kg – 370.0kg
P1 and P2-graded steer and heifer only
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