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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 21 May 2015
Dairy research plan has funding shortfall

Farmers behind a planned dairy research farm in Southland are hoping they will get the green light to proceed, despite coming up well short of their share of the funds. The Southern Dairy Developme...


New Zealand | 20 May 2015
'Encouraging' signs despite dairy price fall

Postive signs are emerging for the dairy industry despite the latest fall in international prices, an analyst says. Prices fell overall by 2.2 percent at Fonterra's global dairy trade auction overn...


New Zealand | 19 May 2015
Adverts give false reflection of farming

Poorly written job advertisements by dairy farm employers are being blamed for giving a false impression of the industry, according to Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard. The advertise...


New Zealand | 19 May 2015
Changes to waste farm livestock rules

A new "locked-gate" policy will soon be coming into force on Taranaki's controversial oil industry waste farms, to ensure livestock are not grazed on the land until it is safe. A year ago, the Gove...


New Zealand | 18 May 2015
New state-of-the-art dairy shed opened

A state-of-the art dairy shed which was a year in the building, and 5 months in the planning and design has been opened near Levin. The Bagrie's 54 rotary dairy was opened by the Minister for Prim...


New Zealand | 14 May 2015
Banks should not punish dairy farmers: Federated Farmers

Banks should not punish dairy farmers who have been caught out by falling milk prices, although it might be the right time for some to exit the industry, Federated Farmers says. On Wednesday the Re...


New Zealand | 14 May 2015
Dairy debt risk to NZ's financial system

The Reserve Bank is being urged to look at making rural lenders hold more capital against highly indebted farmers. The central bank said yesterday that it had identified high levels of debt in part...


New Zealand | 13 May 2015
High dairy debt and low payout a worry

The Reserve Bank says there is a risk to the banking system from the dairy sector where payouts to farmers have slumped after a fall in international prices. And the central bank warns that forced ...


New Zealand | 12 May 2015
Dairy warning comes too late - consultant

Research from DairyNZ scientist John Roche has found that the intensification of the dairy sector - with its increasing reliance on imported feed and larger herds - has not increased profits for the a...


New Zealand | 12 May 2015
Dairy farmers warned against being mean spirited with wages

The people element of the dairying represents the industry's final frontier of productivity. People created the industry's wealth, but the opposite was also true. Poorly led people within a busines...


New Zealand | 12 May 2015
NZ dairy payout threatens production, debt levels

May 12 New Zealand's farmgate milk prices are likely to be weaker than previously expected in the next year, raising the risk that cash-strapped farmers will be forced to curb production and take on m...


New Zealand | 11 May 2015
Dairy warning comes to late - consultant

Research from DairyNZ scientist John Roche has found that the intensification of the dairy sector - with its increasing reliance on imported feed and larger herds - has not increased profits for the a...


New Zealand | 6 May 2015
Genetics the answer for high quality pasture-fed beef

South Canterbury angus breeders Gerald and Sue Hargreaves are convinced New Zealand is missing the boat when it comes to producing high quality pasture-fed beef of an international standard. The wo...


New Zealand | 6 May 2015
Dairy prices down at Global Dairy Trade auction

Farmers have received more bad news, with prices falling in the latest Global Dairy Trade auction. The GDT Price Index fell 3.5 percent, as more product was offered for sale. It is the fourth consecu...


New Zealand | 4 May 2015
Dairy prices poised to fall again

Market signals suggest international dairy prices will again fall at this week's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction. Based on NZX dairy futures trading, the price of whole milk powder - a key determina...


New Zealand | 1 May 2015
Dairy salaries on the way up

This year's Federated Farmers-Rabobank employee remuneration survey shows a 4 percent increase in the mean (average) salary for the dairy industry. In the grain sector, salaries have risen by more ...


New Zealand | 1 May 2015
Fonterra move blow to farmers

Fonterra has fallen into line with market expectations after oversupply and extreme volatility on world dairy markets prompted the co-operative to once again lower its farmgate milk price forecast for...


New Zealand | 29 April 2015
NZ's dairy pollution cost may be $15b

The costs of repairing the damage from dairy farming could be as high as $15 billion, according to a new scientific paper. That figure does not include the cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem d...


New Zealand | 24 April 2015
Prime lamb prices rise at Canterbury livestock sales

Store lamb prices rose $4 to $5 a head at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park, in Christchurch, this week. Prime cattle had a strong sale with several heavy steers making $2000 and heif...


New Zealand | 21 April 2015
Boost for Maori leadership in agriculture

Whenua Kura is a tribal-led training partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ngāi Tahu Farming and Lincoln University. It started last year as a one-year certificate in agric...


New Zealand | 20 April 2015
John Key reassures drought stricken farmers

Prime Minister John Key has told farmers in drought-stricken North Canterbury that New Zealand has a bright future in feeding the region's growing wealth. Key arrived in an Air Force helicopter to ...


New Zealand | 20 April 2015
Dairy industry competition report looming

The state of competition in the dairy industry is soon to come under the Government microscope again. From June 1, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is required under the Dairy Industry Restru...


New Zealand | 17 April 2015
Winter feed crops need more rain now

The drought's impact on winter feed crops is concerning South Canterbury farmers, with many crops requiring further rain and warm temperatures to reach a decent yield. Rain the last few weeks has p...


New Zealand | 17 April 2015
Dairy farmers told to prepare for worst

As industry body DairyNZ prepares farmers for the consequences of depleting cash flows, a Lincoln University economist has said the fall in milk prices is the best thing that could happen because it w...


New Zealand | 16 April 2015
Dairy prices fall at Fonterra GlobalDairyTrade auction

Milk prices are tumbling closer to five-year lows, with Labour's finance spokesperson Grant Robertson describing the decline as an "economic black hole" of almost $7 billion. Dairy prices fell 3.6 ...


New Zealand | 15 April 2015
Beef and veal exports reach record highs

Beef and veal export returns have reached a record high of $1.6 billion for the past six months, a jump of $480 million over the same period in 2013-14. The premium prices exporters have received ...


New Zealand | 15 April 2015
Winter feed crops need more rain now

The drought's impact on winter feed crops is concerning South Canterbury farmers, with many crops requiring further rain and warm temperatures to reach a decent yield. Rain the last few weeks has put ...


New Zealand | 14 April 2015
24 ways to survive the next drought

Ask a group of farmers with over 500 years' experience between them how to manage a property before, during and after a drought, and you get a lot of practical tips and wisdom. AgResearch asked 20 Sou...


New Zealand | 13 April 2015
Diversity of opinion welcomed at Federated Farmers

A few weeks ago I went through a bit of a learning curve about how to inadvertently make headlines. I'd thrown out a few thoughts at a Federated Farmers' executive meeting on where our industry mi...


New Zealand | 7 April 2015
Australian Vet recruited by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra

An Australian veterinarian is leaving the country to take charge of one of the largest corporate dairy herds in the world. New Zealand owned Fonterra International is building what it calls dairy h...