About us

Eyes to the sky – the Blue Sky Way

In the mid-80s, three pioneers of the meat industry saw the southern New Zealand landscape and climate as the perfect collision of natural resources to produce the world’s most tender, succulent, grass-fed, free-range lamb.

Nature provided the perfect tools of untouched, fertile farmland and temperate climate. Combined with people who shared a pioneering spirit, Blue Sky Pastures emerged with a dynamic future focus, eyes-upward mindset and, most importantly, a commitment to people and excellence.

More than just an alternative to the large players, Blue Sky Pastures was about setting a local precedent by using their smaller size to be nimble and provide high-quality boutique offerings. The philosophy was simple: the very best land and environment for rearing the best lamb in the world, a commitment to people, fostering excellence in all areas, staying nimble, and an eyes to the sky approach of always looking up. This was the beginning of The Blue Sky Way.

To be competitive, Blue Sky Pastures had to get it right from the start. By providing equitable returns, representation for farmers and ensuring staff were proud and took enjoyment from their work, Blue Sky Pastures paved the way for meat processing excellence in Southland.

Thirty years later, our eyes to the sky approach has proven itself and we’ve built our strong international reputation on that basis.

We’ve continued to build strong relationships based on traditional values, and the pioneering spirit that launched us continues to shine through everything we do today.


We employ more than 350 people, including our sales and marketing team based in Auckland. We are proud to still be working with many of the staff and their families who have been with us from the beginning, allowing us to maintain a highly experienced knowledge base.

Staff share our vision of supplying locally-grown, world-class meat.


We are proud of the strong partnerships we’ve forged with southern farmers and their families, many of whom have been supplying to us since we began in 1987.

They share our vision of providing exceptional quality products to our customers and we reward our farmers for their loyalty and hard work. The scale and vastness of the environment they operate in never intimidates them. In a shared and hard-working spirit, they choose to work with their surroundings, not against them. We admire that.

Our Plant

In the heart of southern New Zealand sits our Morton Mains processing plant. Our location allows us to be close to our farmers who are committed to growing stock on our fertile land to peak condition and delivering them to our plant just a short journey away. We strive to be better instead of bigger, as such, our focus is on providing you with a range of boutique, specialist cuts. Our single chain, multi-shift plant uses modern technology to produce high-quality, market-leading sheep and lamb cuts with efficiencies that enable us to be competitive while providing a fair return to our farmers.

Our processing plant is capable of processing up to 30,000 stock units per week and includes specialised boning and cutting rooms that, during the peak season, operate 20 hours per day, seven days a week.

Our commitment to safety