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World News: New Zealand
5 March 2015
Dairy farmers urged to test water

Clutha Development's Hamish Anderson is asking dairy farmers to start testing the water on their properties to meet the Otago Regional Council's new 2020 water standards. Mr Anderson attended the t...


5 March 2015
Global dairy auction prices keep firming

Dairy prices firmed at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, backing expectations that Fonterra will meet its $4.70 a kg farmgate milk price this season, but concerns remain about muted demand from New...


4 March 2015
Govt to tighten dairy product traceability

The Government is tightening up the rules for tracing dairy products and says they may be extended to other food sectors as well. It follows recommendations from a Dairy Traceability Working Group,...


4 March 2015
Frustrated Manawatu farmers desperate for rain

Weather predictions for a drier and warmer than usual autumn may be great news for people enjoying summer , but they're bad news for Manawatu farmers who are desperate for rain. Niwa has just compl...


2 March 2015
NZ terms of trade knocked by dairy dive

Export prices are falling, with diving dairy prices overwhelming strong beef prices in the December quarter, and import prices are going up. That knocked back New Zealand's terms of trade by 1.9 pe...


27 February 2015
Robotics and automation take off for farmers

New research released last week by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is predicting that advanced robotics will boost productivity by up to 30% in many industries by 2025. Robotics will also lower tota...


27 February 2015
Try the Dutch approach to dairy and use barns

New Zealand has developed a unique, extensive dairy system with a low cost price. The Netherlands has gained a reputation for highly productive and efficient dairy farming using the latest technologie...


26 February 2015
NZ's Fonterra holds dairy payout as global prices stay volatile

New Zealand diary co-operative Fonterra held the price it pays to its milk suppliers at an eight-year low on Thursday, and said the recent rise in global dairy prices was largely due to a cut in globa...


24 February 2015
Australian fruit fly invasion threatens New Zealand farmers

They are spreading rapidly across Australia, costing farmers hundreds of millions of dollars of lost revenue. Now, Queensland fruit flies are threatening New Zealand, where a major biosecurity operati...


19 February 2015
Dairy and oil price falls offset by beef rise

Last year's slump in world milk product prices saw returns fall about 10 per cent for dairy product makers and farmers in the December quarter. Oil and coal prices also dropped sharply, but higher...


18 February 2015
Bank settlements to farmers top $24m

A probe into how three banks marketed interest rate swaps to farmers will see up to $24.2 million go back to rural customers and their communities, with Westpac following ANZ and ASB and settling with...


18 February 2015
Farmers told to care about environment

Dairy farmers want to know more about how they might stop nitrogen running off their pasture. It is one of the major nutrients affecting water quality of rivers and streams. DairyNZ's southern L...


18 February 2015
Dairy prices surge 10 per cent at latest auction

Dairy prices posted their fifth consecutive gain at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade auction, the GDT price index surging by 10.1 per cent since the last auction a fortnight ago. Analysts had expect...


10 February 2015
Dairy farmer gloom worsens

The fall in dairy prices coupled with dry conditions have seen farmer confidence slump further into negative territory, Federated Farmers latest farm confidence survey shows. Federated Farmers pres...


9 February 2015
Champion UK farmer out to replicate success in NZ

New Zealand grass, farmed properly, is "amazing stuff", says Englishman Dave Robertson, whose Waikato dairy farm is one of the North Island's top performers. Robertson, in his fourth season milking...


5 February 2015
Farmers managing despite the dry

South Canterbury farmers are not yet pushing for a drought to be declared, but are managing in spite of the persistent dry conditions. A Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) spokesperson said the ...


4 February 2015
Christchurch dairy robber chased with pitchfork

A Christchurch shopkeeper grabbed a pitchfork and chased an armed robber after being forced to hand over a small amount of cash. Police believe the robbery at an Aranui dairy today is linked to a s...


4 February 2015
U.S. burger demand a boon to hard-up NZ dairy farmers

Supersized U.S. demand for burgers is a godsend for New Zealand farmers who have been struggling with weak dairy prices but are now earning good money for cows sent to slaughter for beef. Years of ...


2 February 2015
Stock truck crash traps cattle

A crane is being called in to right one of two stock trucks that have crashed, blocking the highway north of Otorohanga. Two veterianarians and emergency services are currently at the scene of the...


28 January 2015
New Zealand dairy industry's production predicted to fall

New Zealand's dairy farmers are facing their most challenging conditions in over a decade. A lack of rain is leading to irrigation restrictions and, with milk prices dropping by a third, many farme...


23 January 2015
Dairy downturn takes toll on New Zealand land prices

The downturn in dairy prices extended its pressure on farmland values in New Zealand, the top milk exporting country, where a lack of rainfall is adding to producers' concerns. New Zealand dairy fa...


20 January 2015
HSBC says global dairy prices should recover

Paul Bloxham, HSBC's chief economist in Sydney, said Chinese imports had dropped to seemingly unsustainably low levels. He said once China begins buying again, prices should at least partly rebound...


16 January 2015
Marlborough farmers resilient despite parched land

Continuing dry weather has not yet forced any drought management action on Marlborough farmers. No appreciable rain has fallen in the province since last April, followed by a cold, dry spring but, ...


15 January 2015
Fears over suicide rates for Manawatu farmers

Concerns over the mental wellbeing of Manawatu farmers have been raised after several suicides in the past year following a drastically reduced dairy payout and ongoing dry weather throughout the coun...


14 January 2015
Beef exports reach record highs

Beef and veal exports reached record highs in the months from October to December, both in value and tonnages. While sheep and mutton volumes dropped over the same period, their values also increas...


8 January 2015
Dairy prices regain ground

Worried Canterbury farmers have taken some heart from a continued turnaround in dairy prices. Analysts say a drop in production across the country will help dairy returns rebound from a five-year l...


8 January 2015
New Zealand sheep numbers fall to their lowest for 75 years

New Zealand has long been the butt of sheep jokes but latest figures show the nation’s woolly flock has slumped to its lowest number since World War II. The latest national livestock survey showed ...


22 December 2014
Scientists breed cattle to thrive in tropics

LIC has started a breeding programme crossing the Senepol breed from the Caribbean with New Zealand Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle. The programme came about, ironically, from scientists' investigat...


19 December 2014
Dairy farmers warned of possible New Zealand/EU trade deal

Concerns have been voiced for the Irish dairy farmers as New Zealand pushes for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by Sean Kelly MEP for Ireland south. Kelly, who is Ireland’s only member of ...


19 December 2014
Help on offer for depressed farmers

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope. That is the advice Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant offers farmers feeling the pressure following the fall in payout this season. Farming was an isolated...