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New Zealand | 5 December 2016
Livestock company employees pay $105,000 fines

Four current or former employees of PGG Wrightson and one former employee of Elders Rural Holdings Limited have been ordered to pay $105,000 worth of penalties for their roles in a price fixing agreem...


New Zealand | 1 December 2016
NZ on road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture

A colleague a mine, Ben Reid, tweeted the other day that New Zealand is in danger of fast becoming the "Detroit of Agriculture" – a rustbelt left behind after production has moved elsewhere. Unfortuna...


New Zealand | 30 November 2016
Beware: Milk price fundamentals remain weak

Fonterra's recent upgraded estimate of $6 per kg milksolids (fat plus protein) for the 2016-17 milk price has been welcomed by everyone in the industry. Given that it is only six months since Fonterra...


New Zealand | 28 November 2016
Milk price welcome boost for the farmer

DairyNZ has welcomed the increased forecast milk price announced recently as a boost to dairy farmers as well as the regional and national economies. The increase of 75 cents brings Fonterra's 2016...


New Zealand | 21 November 2016
Dairy farmers upbeat after milk price hike

A rise in the milk price has dairy farmers smiling at last after three tough years. Fonterra's 75 cents lift to its forecast milk price now at $6 a kilogram of milksolids has added $1.3 billion in...


New Zealand | 17 November 2016
Hard-hit Kaikoura dairy farmers dumping milk after earthquake

Kaikoura dairy farmer Graham Collins is a hardy bloke. In his 44 years of farming, he remembers a severe flood in 1993 and a "wind disaster" in 1975 that blew everyone's milk sheds down but his. ...


New Zealand | 15 November 2016
Meat industry could learn from Trump

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has pulled off a remarkable achievement. His is a victory for courage and for democracy. He had no money (by comparison to the Clinton machine) little support and...


New Zealand | 15 November 2016
Uphill cattle: stranded cows rescued after New Zealand earthquake

Two cows and a calf made famous worldwide after they were filmed stranded on a tiny pillar of land after the New Zealand earthquake have been rescued. Pictures of the cattle were beamed around the ...


New Zealand | 14 November 2016
Earthquake: Damage to dairy sheds delays milking

Several dairy sheds near Culverden have been damaged by this morning's quake, leaving farmers unable to milk their cows. Sam Smith, who lives on a dairy farm at Culverden, said he'd been lucky to h...


New Zealand | 14 November 2016
North Canterbury farmers confronted by milk crisis

Dairy farmers across the Kaikoura and North Canterbury region will have to dump their milk into effluent systems or find other ways to deal with it because it cannot be picked up. Fonterra said roa...


New Zealand | 4 November 2016
Unreported rustling will lead to 'wild west' says farmer

Rural areas will turn into the 'wild west' if people don't remain vigilant in reporting thefts, says a farmer who's had 50 lambs stolen. Doug Avery is a sheep and beef farmer in Marlborough and sai...


New Zealand | 2 November 2016
Dairy price rise boosts farmer's morale

The key whole-milk powder price has risen above the average break-even point for the first time since March 2014. Farmers generally needed about US$3000 a tonne for whole-milk powder to break even....


New Zealand | 1 November 2016
Dairy value drop in 'challenging' year revealed

The figures show the value of the dairy industry to the economy has nearly halved since milk prices boomed in the 2013/14 season. In the 2015/16 season farmers produced 1.862 billion kilograms of m...


New Zealand | 31 October 2016
Harvard expands dairy interests in South Island

Prestigious Ivy League university Harvard has expanded its dairy holdings in New Zealand now that the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved the sale of 143 hectares in Central Otago for $1.3 m...


New Zealand | 28 October 2016
Southland farmer fined $36,000 for Oreti River changes

A farmer who allowed a contractor to carry out earthworks affecting the path of the Oreti River has been fined nearly $36,000. Northern Southland man Adolf Puis Hardegger, 52, appeared before Judge...


New Zealand | 28 October 2016
Low dairy payout drains $7.5b from NZ economy

Dairying's multi-billion dollar value to the national economy has almost halved since Fonterra's payout fell from its peak in 2013-14. Milk was only worth $8 billion to the national economy for 201...


New Zealand | 27 October 2016
Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner

In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay. According to figures released on Wednesday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation's top e...


New Zealand | 26 October 2016
Dairy farmers 'treat those calves like their babies'

Farmers have hit back at claims of widespread mistreatment of bobby calves, after a video emerged of calves being thrown onto the back of trucks. The hidden-camera footage, obtained by activist gro...


New Zealand | 21 October 2016
Government moves to make dairy industry more competitive

The Government has announced a shake-up in the way the dairy industry is regulated in order to foster more competition. But Labour has described the move as giving in to foreign investors and big b...


New Zealand | 14 October 2016
Waikato farmer irate about hidden camera

A dairy farmer is ropeable after someone snuck into his milking shed and installed a camera. "Call me a p*****-off farmer, because that's what I am. I'd rather be p***** on by my cows than p***** o...


New Zealand | 11 October 2016
Dairy compliance continues to improve in Southland

Dairy farmers' compliance on effluent discharge consents continues to improve, highlighted in the Environment Southland 2015/16 Compliance Monitoring Report. The rate is now at 1.7 per cent, down f...


New Zealand | 10 October 2016
Stronger dairy prices could last into 2017

Rabobank's latest Dairy Quarterly report said dairy export surpluses were expected to reduce by 3.4 million tonnes year-on-year - more than at any time since the global financial crisis. Rabobank d...


New Zealand | 10 October 2016
Average spells trouble in farming and farmers need to excel

This comment applies now to many New Zealand businesses and will be a major issue for many families. Why do we need to be better than average? The answer lies in front of us.This season lamb prices...


New Zealand | 6 October 2016
GDT fall as dairy 'catches breath'

Dairy prices have registered their first fall in the headline GlobalDairyTrade index since July, following a price surge over the past two months. This week's 3% fall was a touch weaker than expect...


New Zealand | 5 October 2016
Global dairy prices slip, denting nascent recovery

Global dairy milk prices fell in this month's first auction after a two-month rally, raising questions over the sustainability of the recent recovery, according to analysts. The Global Dairy Trade ...


New Zealand | 28 September 2016
Weed free crops? Science may have the answer

Australian scientists are working on a revolutionary new way to help farmers rid their crops of weeds. With billions of dollars lost by farmers every year because of weeds, scientists from Charles ...


New Zealand | 27 September 2016
New Zealand to help boost local dairy industry

Thousands of Filipinos stand to benefit from technical interventions New Zealand committed to provide to boost the local dairy industry. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Tuesday said Nathan ...


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Foreign investment in food raises fears over loss of control

Silver Fern Farms' controversial $260 million deal with Shanghai Maling received the final tick of approval from the government last week, based on its belief the purchase would be a substantial benef...


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Fonterra profits jump 65% despite ongoing challenges in dairy markets

Despite ongoing challenges in the dairy market, Fonterra, the New Zealand-based co-op, has posted a 65% increase in profits for the 2015/2016 financial year. The co-op has seen net profits increase...


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Southland dairy cow welfare programme to go nationwide

A southern-run project for measuring dairy cow welfare and production is launching nationwide. WelFarm was a pilot project created by XLVets as a tool for dairy farmers to use to measure animal wel...