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New Zealand | 31 July 2015
Auckland dairy owner's killer jailed for six years

The full story of the killing of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar began before his teen attacker's birth, the judge said as he delivered a jail sentence to a 14-year-old boy. The boy, who has name s...


New Zealand | 29 July 2015
June floods still hitting Taranaki farmers

Heavy rain across the western and lower North Island in June caused slips, erosion and flooding. Roads, bridges, fences and farm land have been washed away and communities are facing many months of...


New Zealand | 29 July 2015
New Zealand central bank says dairy slump could worsen

New Zealand's central bank warned Wednesday that a prolonged slump in dairy prices could get worse, forcing interest rates down to maintain growth in the farm-reliant economy. Reserve Bank of New Z...


New Zealand | 27 July 2015
Falling dairy prices: winners & losers

The recent fall in dairy prices has been a key driver for the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates in June and again last week at its official cash rate (OCR) review. The fall in dairy prices has br...


New Zealand | 27 July 2015
Southern dairy farmers could cut back on environmental practices

Southern farmers may opt to lower their environmental budgets following the low dairy payout, industry leaders say. Following on from national Federated Farmers president William Rolleston's commen...


New Zealand | 24 July 2015
Dairy farmers crack down on costs

North Canterbury dairy farmers resigned to a second low payout are unlikely to break even let alone make a profit in a difficult season ahead of them. Farmers are clutching at few positives apart f...


New Zealand | 23 July 2015
Farmland sales Bill defeated in Parliament

A Labour Party Bill that would have imposed strict controls on the sale of farmland to foreigners has been narrowly defeated in Parliament. Phil Goff, who drafted the member's Bill, says the Govern...


New Zealand | 22 July 2015
Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland

The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Ph...


New Zealand | 21 July 2015
Govt concerned at milk payout forecast

The Government says it now expects dairy prices to stay lower for longer, and it is concerned about a reduced forecast payout from New Zealand's second biggest dairy processor. Open Country has red...


New Zealand | 21 July 2015
Dairy industry facing a 'perfect storm' of excess supply

Bill English says China is sitting on "mountains" of excess dairy product, part of a global glut, but he remains confident prices will recover this year. Dairy prices hit a six year low in July ami...


New Zealand | 20 July 2015
John Key tells Kiwis to look on the bright side for dairy exports and economy

John Key has urged Kiwis to avoid a "gloomy mind set", painting a bright future for dairy exports. The prime minister said Finance Minister Bill English had returned from a recent visit to China mo...


New Zealand | 20 July 2015
NZ dairy processor a2 rejects takeover offer

New Zealand dairy processor a2 Milk Company Ltd rejected a takeover approach on Monday, but said it was considering other potential suitors as foreign firms circle dairy assets in the world's largest ...


New Zealand | 17 July 2015
Dollar hits 6-year low on dairy jitters

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a six-year low after a surprisingly sharp slump in dairy prices fuelled concerns about the broader economy. The developments fuelled expectations the Reserve Bank ...


New Zealand | 17 July 2015
Farmers have dealt with a crash in dairy prices before - Steven Joyce

As the price of dairy continues to dive the country's economic development minister says farmers are resilient and have dealt with this kind of challenge before. Fonterra's global dairy trade (GDT)...


New Zealand | 16 July 2015
Dairy farmers' incomes dropping below expenditure

Dairy farmers are already earning less than they needed to operate and are importing less palm kernel to feed cattle. "If you need $6 to operate and you're getting $4 - and they are talking of less...


New Zealand | 16 July 2015
Guidelines for toxic waste on New Zealand farmland raise concerns

The New Zealand government Wednesday released new guidelines for spreading potentially toxic oil drilling waste on farmland, which critics called "woefully inadequate." Waste from onshore oil and g...


New Zealand | 15 July 2015
Some dairy calves arriving earlier than expected

Dairy calves have started to arrive early as Manawatu farmers gear up for the bulk of calves to start coming next week. But farmers say cows are lighter than they should be going into calving seaso...


New Zealand | 15 July 2015
Farmers warned - "pain" before gain

Farmers will need to get used to "pain" as the Government moves to improve water quality around the country says environment minister Dr Nick Smith. Smith made the comments aboard a catamaran on La...


New Zealand | 15 July 2015
New pasture research to boost livestock farming

The Pastoral Genomics partnership covers the dairy, sheep and beef, deer and seed industries and includes AgResearch and Dairy Australia. The consortium's research over the previous six years inclu...


New Zealand | 13 July 2015
Dairy industry's toll on environment too high

There's criticism of new figures from Federated Farmers that highlight how much dairy farmers are spending on the environment. They show an annual spend of around $18,000 each year, on things like ...


New Zealand | 9 July 2015
Farmers told to speak up over TB

Bay of Plenty farmers are being urged to have their say on a review of the TB Plan, which could see levies decrease for beef farmers, but hardly anyone has shown up to meetings in the region. Whaka...


New Zealand | 7 July 2015
Dairy farmers accused of milking during ban

The trial has begun of Marlborough's biggest dairy farmers who are accused of milking 1000 cows during a court-ordered milking ban. Phillip Woolley and his wife Suzanne Woolley from Tuamarina are d...


New Zealand | 6 July 2015
The bad and good news on dairy prices

Hopes of a dairy price recovery this year have fizzled as market watchers see nothing to signal a recovery any time soon, with predictions that prices may weaken further with new-season New Zealand pr...


New Zealand | 3 July 2015
'Dairy is sound' says Fonterra, even as it mulls job cuts

Fonterra restated its faith in the future of dairy markets, even as it revealed it was consulting staff over job cuts, and hours after a major food report forecast milk powder prices not returning to ...


New Zealand | 3 July 2015
Clashes in Parliament over dairy price

There's been a rowdy clash in Parliament over the falling price of dairy products. Opposition MPs have accused the Government of refusing to acknowledge the danger posed by an international milk gl...


New Zealand | 1 July 2015
Dairy farmers help out flood-stricken colleagues

Taranaki dairy farmers rallied to give a helping hand to three flood-stricken fellow farmers at Strathmore in eastern Taranaki on Tuesday. About 40 farmers from all over Taranaki spent the day clea...


New Zealand | 25 June 2015
Landcorp to stick with Waikato dairy conversions

Landcorp has not backed away from converting more Waikato forestry land to dairying. At present the 26,000-hectare Wairakei Estate north of Taupo, where conversions began in 2004, has 17,000 dairy ...


New Zealand | 24 June 2015
Farmers earning premiums for milk from grass-fed cows

Dairy farmers in New Zealand are weighing up what they feed and when they milk their cows, with a processor offering premiums for milk from cows fed exclusively on grass, or milked in the middle of th...


New Zealand | 23 June 2015
NZ farmer confidence slumps to decade-low on dairy woes

New Zealand farmer confidence slumped to the lowest level in a decade in the second quarter as dairy farmers turned gloomy. Farmer confidence in the agricultural economy turned to a negative net 45...


New Zealand | 22 June 2015
Dairy downturn hits consumer confidence

The drumbeat of bad news around the dairy sector has seen consumer confidence take a turn down to its lowest levels since early 2013. The Westpac McDermott Miller Consumer Confidence Index fell to ...