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New Zealand | 22 September 2016
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra whips up bumper profit

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra posted a 65 percent rise in annual net profit on Thursday, despite "challenging" conditions in the global market. Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, said...


New Zealand | 21 September 2016
Global dairy prices inch higher in overnight auction

International milk prices rose in the overnight Global Dairy Trade auction but the increase was less than expected. The GDT Price Index, which covers a variety of products and contract periods, cl...


New Zealand | 20 September 2016
NZ dairy sector optimism jumps to 9-year high, Rabobank says

Two-thirds of dairy farmers have told agri-lender Rabobank they expect conditions to improve as the jump in commodity prices at recent auctions flows through to sentiment. The response from the sec...


New Zealand | 19 September 2016
Prisoners train to fill farming labour gap

New Zealand needs to fill 50,000 new jobs in the farming sector over the next decade, and hundreds of prisoners are training up to fill the gap. More than 400 prisoners nationwide have earned NCEA ...


New Zealand | 16 September 2016
Agri-giants merger ripples NZ

Bayer's US$66 billion acquisition of Monsanto, creating the world's biggest supplier of seeds and agri-chemicals to farmers, will be closely watched by New Zealand's rural sector as the latest in a se...


New Zealand | 16 September 2016
Officials crack down on dairy farmers for breaching employment obligations

Officials have discovered that half of the 28 dairy farms they visited in the last two months in Waikato were in breach of their employment obligations and have fined some farmers $2000 each. The L...


New Zealand | 15 September 2016
Farmers getting top dollar for beef calves

Farmers selling beef calves are getting top dollar for their animals this spring because of the drop in dairy cow numbers, says a Waikato livestock auctioneer. AgriHQ figures show top hereford and ...


New Zealand | 13 September 2016
Dairy farmers earn more by using proven genetics for beef cattle

Dairy farmers stand to earn a lot more if they use proven genetics for beef breeding rather than bulls of unknown genetic merit. Beef+Lamb NZ has released the preliminary results of a five-year stu...


New Zealand | 12 September 2016
Family puts cropping skills to good use on sheep and beef farm

The McLauchlan family has gone against the dairy flow to stock a Mid Canterbury farm with sheep and beef, writes Heather Chalmers. When the McLauchlan family bought their Mid-Canterbury farm in 201...


New Zealand | 9 September 2016
Dairy prices rise, volumes drop at auction - New Zealand's Fonterra

International milk prices rose while volumes dropped in this month's first auction held by New Zealand's Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world's biggest dairy exporter. Fonterra's GDT Price Index ...


New Zealand | 7 September 2016
Man arrested over Christchurch dairy robbery

An 18-year-old has been arrested in an armed police raid over the robbery of a Christchurch dairy. Police said three people, one armed with a pistol, were disguised when they robbed workers at the ...


New Zealand | 6 September 2016
Young Farmers and Careers NZ commit to promoting agri-careers together

NZ Young Farmers and Careers New Zealand formally document their relationship and commitment to promoting careers in the Primary Industry. NZ Young Farmers Chief Executive Officer Terry Copeland an...


New Zealand | 1 September 2016
North Canterbury farmer frustrated by mobile technology

Do you have access to high-speed broadband? If you live in the country then you probably don't. Cellphone coverage is also probably patchy. And that is significantly holding back farmers, says Nort...


New Zealand | 31 August 2016
Agribusiness: Managing risk key to dairy farming future

Few industries generate as much discussion or concern in New Zealand as dairy farming. Currently, there is much discussion about the high levels of dairy debt. Those with long memories will know th...


New Zealand | 31 August 2016
Stolen herd of dairy cows would cost at least $1m

The theft of 500 dairy cows worth $1 million is no joke and if it had been a bank robbed of this amount there would be a big fuss, says Federated Farmers. Dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard said the the...


New Zealand | 30 August 2016
500 cows stolen in New Zealand's biggest cattle farm theft

As many as 500 cows have been stolen from a New Zealand dairy farm in what is believed to be the largest cow theft in the country’s history. Locals in the town of Ashburton on the south island said...


New Zealand | 26 August 2016
$45m boost for North farmers

A rise in the forecast farmgate milk price will rake in $427.5 million for Northland dairy farmers this season - $45 million more than predicted earlier this month. Fonterra yesterday increased its...


New Zealand | 24 August 2016
Australia, NZ dairy companies stir hopes of market revival

Strong profit results from Australian and New Zealand dairy processors on Wednesday fanned hopes of a market revival as farmers globally curb milk production after a glut that pushed prices to multi-y...


New Zealand | 19 August 2016
Low export volumes could hurt deer industry, importer warns

A major importer of New Zealand venison in Germany says the deer industry risks eroding its market share if export volumes continue their downward trend. While there was steady demand for New Zeala...


New Zealand | 18 August 2016
Low returns discourage feed grain planting in Canterbury

Methven arable farmer Ron Hydes normally grows four to five paddocks of feed grain, but low returns mean he will only plant one this year. He was sowing a paddock of spring wheat this week, likely ...


New Zealand | 17 August 2016
Climate change deal to be sealed this year, farming industry help enlisted

The farming and forestry sector will try to agree on how to reduce New Zealand's carbon footprint, as the country's climate change commitments are set to be ratified by the end of the year. New Zea...


New Zealand | 17 August 2016
Joy on the horizon for South Island farmers after dairy price increase

A South Canterbury farmer is cautiously optimistic about increasing dairy prices but says "one swallow doesn't make a summer". South Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chairman Ryan O'Sullivan said...


New Zealand | 15 August 2016
Gleam of hope for our dairy farmers

Dairy farmers are in line for a confidence booster if futures market pricing for this week's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction is anything to go by. The last auction saw the GDT price index gain 6.6 p...


New Zealand | 10 August 2016
Dairy farmer turned miner hopes to find gold in Te Waikoropupu valley

A fourth generation Takaka dairy farmer has been issued a permit to mine an area in Te Waikoropupu valley in Golden Bay. Gold miner Matthew Crawford, 27, will apply for a resource consent for a low...


New Zealand | 9 August 2016
Attempted robbery at Dunedin dairy

A man entered a Dunedin dairy and threatened a staff member before running off empty-handed. Police confirmed the attempted robbery in Highgate about 6.45pm on Monday. The man ran off when he r...


New Zealand | 8 August 2016
Dairy advice for coping with wet conditions

Manawatu/Whanganui dairy farmers battling very wet conditions are encouraged to not only protect their pasture growth for spring but also take care of their own welfare. DairyNZ Lower North Island ...


New Zealand | 5 August 2016
Farmers urged to talk to banks

Dairy farmers are being urged to keep up relationships with the bank and be proactive to get through the tough times. Crowe Horwath's head of corporate agribusiness, Hayden Dillon, said discussions...


New Zealand | 3 August 2016
Global Dairy prices make sharp rise at trade auction

Dairy prices may have turned a corner but it is too early to judge based on the results of one auction, Federated Farmers says. At the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time)...


New Zealand | 2 August 2016
Cities targeted for future farmers

Cities are the new targets to replenish a dairy workforce facing a surge in industry support roles. Research commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ says the...


New Zealand | 1 August 2016
NZ's tech and agriculture crossover - building the talent pool

Agriculture used to be New Zealand's main bread and butter. Our small Pacific nation at the edge of the earth was bred on a "number eight wire" mentality, where ingenuity and resourcefulness was at...