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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 27 March 2015
Dairy futures trading halt lifted

Exchange operator NZX said trading of dairy futures has resumed after a trading halt was put on this morning pending clarification of the volume of Australian skim milk powder being put on the GlobalD...


New Zealand | 26 March 2015
Fonterra sees dairy industry glass half full

Fonterra says it is optimistic milk powder prices will recover, even as the world’s biggest dairy supplier reported a drop in interim profits and slashed its forecast dividend payment due to “tough co...


New Zealand | 25 March 2015
Fonterra profit slides 16pc, dividend forecast cut

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings is not ruling out job cuts as the company looks to make the "tough decisions" needed to lift its game. The country's biggest exporter reported a net profit o...


New Zealand | 23 March 2015
Greens call for dairy moratorium discussion

Federated Farmers denial that it called for a moratorium on dairy conversions in the Waikato region hasn't discouraged the Green Party, which supports the idea anyway. Federated Farmers says commen...


New Zealand | 20 March 2015
NZ dairy farm values revive, as milk prices recover

New Zealand dairy farm prices have revived amid the recovery in commodity prices, according to data from real estate agents, noting a drop in properties for sale in the country's overall land market. ...


New Zealand | 19 March 2015
Dairy farmers pin hopes on dividend

Farmers will be looking to Fonterra's dividend to at least partially offset what is likely to be a low farmgate milk price this season after dairy prices fell by 8.8 per cent at the latest GlobalDairy...


New Zealand | 16 March 2015
Sabotage fear for dairy sheds

It might be time for farmers to adopt a "food defence" mentality with tougher on-farm security, especially round the milking shed, says dairy leader Andrew Hoggard. The Federated Farmers dairy chai...


New Zealand | 13 March 2015
No bans on New Zealand dairy products after poison threat

New Zealand has received no indications that any foreign countries would stop buying its dairy products following a threat to poison infant formula with a toxic pesticide, the agriculture ministry sai...


New Zealand | 11 March 2015
New Zealand prime minister says poison threat to milk powder ‘ecoterrorism’

Anonymous threats to poison New Zealand milk powder have been sent to farmers’ groups by anti-pesticide protesters – a revelation that has been condemned as “a form of ecoterrorism” by prime minister ...


New Zealand | 11 March 2015
Kiwi dollar drops on dairy poison threat

New Zealand's dairy industry scrambled to reassure customers about the safety of its milk supplies after police revealed an anonymous blackmail threat to poison infant milk formula. Fonterra, the w...


New Zealand | 10 March 2015
Dairy company defies dry spell

Open Country, which is 70 percent owned by the Talleys Group, operates three plants in Waikato, Southland and Wanganui, processing well over a billion litres of milk a year. It estimates it has a five...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Falling dairy prices hold down New Zealand manufacturing sales values

New Zealand manufacturers sold more by volume in the quarter to the end of December last year, but their sales values fell due to falling dairy prices, the government statistics agency said Monday. ...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Investigations into fatal farming incident in Canterbury

Canterbury Police and WorkSafe NZ investigations into fatal farming incident ongoing. Canterbury Police are now able to name the victim of the fatal farming incident at a rural property in Purau wh...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Red meat sector at crossroads

The next year is crunch time for the red meat sector, with farms that have been in families for generations poised to be lost to foreigners and dairy farming, say the publishers of a no-holds-barred r...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Drought-stricken farmers still without rain

South Canterbury's Federated Farmers president Ivon Hurst said the foothills got some rain and there was a shower or two on the coast, but not a skerrick where he farms, midway between Timaru and Fair...


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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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,...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...


New Zealand | 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...