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New Zealand | 25 July 2016
Ballance's new partnership to put more data at farmer's fingertips

A new partnership is set to give Manawatu farmers access to more data about their properties through their mobile phones. Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Hill Laboratories have joined together to creat...


New Zealand | 25 July 2016
Dairy farmers prepare for the busiest time of the year

Dairy farmers are readying themselves for a hectic start to the dairying season. Jill Galloway talks to Federated Farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president James Stewart about the busy period. The ...


New Zealand | 21 July 2016
LIC makes a loss as dairy slump endures

Listed farmer co-operative Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) has posted a $4 million loss for the financial year, a reflection it says of the dairy industry price slump. By contrast the artif...


New Zealand | 20 July 2016
No lift in global dairy prices

Prices have held steady in the global dairy auction overnight. The average price was unchanged at $US2336 a tonne. It follows a 0.4 percent drop at the previous auction. The important whole-m...


New Zealand | 19 July 2016
'Good momentum' on Indonesia beef dispute

A World Trade Organisation panel is due to make a ruling on the long-running disagreement before the end of the year but Prime Minister John Key, who met with the Indonesian president last night, said...


New Zealand | 18 July 2016
South Canterbury dairy farmers shy from big tractors in midst of dairy slump

The dairy downturn may be dissuading some South Canterbury farmers from buying new tractors. Paul Wilkins, of Paul Wilkins Tractors, said he had sold only one tractor to a dairy farmer this year - ...


New Zealand | 18 July 2016
Manuka honey buzz boosts farmland prices

The manuka honey industry has surged, with exports growing by 45 percent last year to $281 million. New Zealand is now the third largest exporter of honey by value. Bayleys Real Estate rural agent ...


New Zealand | 13 July 2016
Lamb flap price increases

New Zealand lamb flap prices rose to their highest level in a year, driven by increased demand from China where the meat is used in traditional hotpot dishes. Lamb flap prices rose to US$4.40 per k...


New Zealand | 12 July 2016
Decision on NZ Super Fund's Southland farm buy-up future yet to be made

The NZ Super Fund has yet to formally decide what to do with its multimillion-dollar buy-up of Southland dairy farms. However, community leaders says the purchase of more than a half-dozen farms sh...


New Zealand | 7 July 2016
NZ dairy exports have dodged Brexit bullet - economist

A rural economist says our dairy exports have dodged the Brexit bullet. Overall dairy auction prices were down just 0.4 percent overnight. ASB economist Nathan Penny said Britain's exit from the...


New Zealand | 7 July 2016
Alliance woos its women farmers

About half of Alliance Group's shareholders are women but that wouldn't be obvious if you went to a male-dominated shareholder's function. That bothered director Dawn Sangster, so she pushed for a ...


New Zealand | 6 July 2016
Agriculture set for slowdown - OECD

The latest 10-year outlook from the OECD warns the recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over. The report, produced with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, said ove...


New Zealand | 6 July 2016
Global dairy prices continue to fall on subdued demand

International dairy prices fell in this month's first Global Dairy Trade auction as demand remains subdued. The GDT Price Index, which covers a variety of products and contract periods, dipped 0.4 ...


New Zealand | 5 July 2016
Farming high flyers have a future in the next technology era

The only time I remember going to the careers advisor at high school was after watching the movie Top Gun. Like many teenage boys at the time I was sold on the glamour of flying fighter jets in the...


New Zealand | 30 June 2016
North Canterbury Farmers praised for livestock welfare

North Canterbury farmers are being commended for the care of their livestock as the region has weathered an unprecedented 18-month drought. Provincial President Lynda Murchison said North Canterbur...


New Zealand | 27 June 2016
Farmers need to use social media to get the farm story out

Rural people need to tell their farm stories to customers on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, says a media consultant. Grassroots Media owner and consultant Chelsea Millar told about 30 ...


New Zealand | 27 June 2016
Less cows as dairy farmers cope with another low milk payout

Some dairy farmers cannot afford to pay staff during low payouts and a few of them were leaving dairy farming, says DairyNZ regional manager James Muwunganirwa​. He said most farmers, after two yea...


New Zealand | 23 June 2016
Auckland couple win top farm award for farming and environment record

Richard and Dianne Kidd from Hellensville are the national winners of the 2016 Ballance farm environment awards, the first time an Auckland farm has won. This was also the first year that the Auckl...


New Zealand | 22 June 2016
Gritty North Otago woman inspired to become a dairy leader

A gritty Scotswoman who is now a North Otago dairy farmer is more prepared to help lead the dairy farming, writes Brittany Pickett. Times may be tough for the dairy industry but an innovative lead...


New Zealand | 21 June 2016
'Urban dogs are a huge problem for urban fringe farmers'

He first saw the dog "casing" his chicken-shed early in the morning. The chickens survived unscathed, but a few hours later, Australian farmer John Lakey saw the dog again, as well as the sheep it ...


New Zealand | 21 June 2016
More girls than guys in Hamilton agriculture course

The agriculture industry is looking for more skilled workers but men still vastly outnumber women in the zone. Yet that's not the case in a Hamilton agriculture class, where numbers tilt the other ...


New Zealand | 20 June 2016
Fonterra chairman expects dairy market recovery in next six months to year

Fonterra chairman John Wilson is backing the Ministry for Primary Industries' prediction of a dairy bounceback in early 2017. Wilson said all indications were that the dairy market would balance ou...


New Zealand | 20 June 2016
Low dairy price does not keep farmers from attending South Island Dairy Event

Young dairy farmers need to ensure they are money-smart in order to survive in an industry which is demanding change, an agri-business expert says. Westpac Otago Southland agribusiness manager Pete...


New Zealand | 17 June 2016
Farmers show resilience as low price for milk persists

There is no "get out of jail free" card for dairy farmers in the current dairy downturn, but the sector has nevertheless shown resilience and an ability to work its way through what looks likely to be...


New Zealand | 16 June 2016
Global dairy prices remain unchanged, whole milk prices drop

Global dairy prices plateaued as whole milk prices dropped on Thursday at the second dairy auction held in June. The Global Dairy Price Index was unchanged at $2,339 after rising for two consecutiv...


New Zealand | 15 June 2016
New initiative aims to attract more people into agriculture

A programme to promote careers in the primary industry has been launched on the eve of the Fieldays by Prime Minister John Key, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and senior Ministers at National ...


New Zealand | 13 June 2016
Major parts of agriculture are in crisis

Major parts of New Zealand's primary industry are in crisis, is the conclusion of a new book. Milk products have been responsible for a third of New Zealand's export dollars, but as international p...


New Zealand | 13 June 2016
The environment not agriculture is New Zealand's economic backbone

The environment and not agriculture is the backbone of the New Zealand economy, says 2015 Nuffield Scholar Dan Steele. Steele said farming and tourism depended on the New Zealand's environmental im...


New Zealand | 10 June 2016
Organic kiwifruit growing success

The average organic kiwifruit production is 7-8000 trays per ha, while conventional growers with all the advantages of artificial fertilisers and chemical sprays manage an average 10-11,000 trays. The...


New Zealand | 8 June 2016
EU gives more for Pacific energy and agriculture

The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, told yesterday's Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland the money will promote sustainable energy and agriculture projects, inv...