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New Zealand | 18 January 2017
Confidence low for NZ southern sheep and beef farmers

The lowest farmer confidence in the sheep and beef sector has been recorded in the southern South Island. The latest quarterly report, commissioned by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, showed "a tale of two...


New Zealand | 16 January 2017
DairyNZ's grass-fed policy could be adding to our nitrate woes

The grass-fed dairy system advocated by DairyNZ is the cause of New Zealand's nitrate pollution problem and this could be alleviated if dairy cows were fed a more balanced diet, claims South Canterbur...


New Zealand | 16 January 2017
NZ dairy price rebound pushes grocery bill higher in 2016

Vegetable prices dropped for the fourth month in a row in December, but resurgent dairy prices pushed the cost of food up in 2016. Figures from Statistics New Zealand released on Monday showed that...


New Zealand | 11 January 2017
This Kiwi farming mum's in charge

One of the first things Hawke's Bay farmer Caroline Smith does when she stops for a cup of tea after drafting cull ewes is to breastfeed baby Clara. She juggles looking after a young family and far...


New Zealand | 10 January 2017
Ways for NZ dairy farmers to avoid environmental backlash

A well known dairy farmer asked me what they can do to reach out with the industry's critics and better highlight the work done to better its environmental record. The plea, I believe, came out of ...


New Zealand | 9 January 2017
NZ Farming volunteers heed call to help quake-affected Marlborough farmers

An army of volunteers is about to descend on southern Marlborough to help take the burden off farmers battling in the wake of the earthquake. The earthquake ripped up farms along the east coast, tr...


New Zealand | 4 January 2017
Dairy prices make soft start to 2017 amid supply boost

International milk prices posted their largest fall in three months in the year's first auction held early Wednesday, dragged down by a sharp drop in whole milk powder prices as an expected rally fail...


New Zealand | 4 January 2017
Whistling up kiwi all in a night's work for a farmer

Even though he grew up on the farm that has been in his family for five generations, Chris Rickard and his siblings weren't encouraged to go farming after tough times in the 1980s that brought New Zea...


New Zealand | 26 December 2016
Armed man robs dairy on Christmas night

An armed man brandishing a machete and wearing a bandana robbed a South Island dairy on Christmas night. The aggravated robbery happened just before 10.30pm yesterday at the Night and Day dairy in ...


New Zealand | 21 December 2016
NZ farmers' confidence in beef and lamb drops

A new report shows that farmers' confidence in the Beef and Lamb sector has dipped 11 percent down to 32 percent in the past four months, driven by uncertainty in sheep meat markets. Statistics New...


New Zealand | 21 December 2016
World dairy prices trimmed at GlobalDairyTrade auction

As the futures market predicted earlier this week, world dairy prices have flat lined following the overnight global dairy auction. Nevertheless, after a year when prices for whole milk powder (WM...


New Zealand | 20 December 2016
NZ dollar falls to six-month low ahead of dairy auction

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a new six-month low ahead of tonight night's dairy auction, which may see prices little changed, as traders became more risk averse in subdued pre-Christmas trading. ...


New Zealand | 19 December 2016
New Zealand dairy farmers, 'second class citizens,' in Australian dairy assistance program

New Zealand dairy farmers who have been farming in Australia for more than a decade say they are struggling to survive with no access to the Federal Government's industry assistance. This year, dai...


New Zealand | 15 December 2016
$200 million dairy factory proposed for Otorohanga

A $200 million dairy factory is proposed for a King Country town, creating 50 to 60 jobs. Otorohanga District Council has accepted a resource consent application from Happy Valley Milk Ltd (HVM) to...


New Zealand | 14 December 2016
NZ dairy revival likely to lift export returns and counteract meat and wool decline

Agriculture's volatility isn't letting up but the revival of dairy from two low payout years appears to be making up for declining meat and wool returns. The overall brighter outlook based on the d...


New Zealand | 12 December 2016
Northland dairy farmers optimistic of a good payout

An announcement on the revised forecast farmgate milk price is imminent and Northland dairy farmers hope the figure is in the mid- to high $6 per kilogram this week's global dairy auction. Wholemil...


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...