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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...


New Zealand | 1 August 2016
NZ milk price squeeze makes farmers cull cows

Faced with falling income from milk, more dairy farmers in New Zealand are reducing the size of their herds. A record 520,705 cows were slaughtered in the three months through June, according to S...


New Zealand | 29 July 2016
Robbery at the Kensington Avenue dairy - Waihi

At 12.50pm today, Thursday 28 July, a man entered the Kensington Avenue dairy in Waihi armed with what appeared to be a pistol. He is described as Maori or Polynesian of solid build who was wearing a ...


New Zealand | 27 July 2016
Farmers struggle to lift confidence as outside markets and politics weigh heavily

Downbeat farmers have little to cheer about as low dairy prices and political upheaval from Brexit put pressure on farming. Farmer confidence remains weak, only picking up slightly since January in...


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...