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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 28 August 2015
Parents put children off going into agriculture

Chief executive of the state-owned enterprise Landcorp Steven Carden says the agriculture industry needs to have a serious look at how it can keep people safe. Government safety watchdog Worksafe h...


New Zealand | 27 August 2015
Dairy slump hits Lancorp farm plans hard

The state-run farmer Landcorp appears to be giving up on plans to create the world's biggest dairy farm, after posting a $20 million loss as the dairy slump bites. And critics are comparing it to b...


New Zealand | 24 August 2015
Drought risk a blow for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers suffering low prices could be hit twice over if drought conditions bring a cut in production this summer. The risk of drought stems from the return of El Nino to the Pacific. An El...


New Zealand | 24 August 2015
Report on cattle death linked swedes due out

Early tests showed the herbicide tolerant swedes had very high levels of glucosinolates, which can be toxic to livestock - 16 times higher than would occur in a natural swede. Herbicide tolerant sw...


New Zealand | 21 August 2015
Farmers cut super spending to save money

Farmers are buying less superphosphate this season as they look to cut costs. Ballance general manager of sales Andrew Sanders predicted less spending next year as well. "It's the one where dair...


New Zealand | 21 August 2015
Labour leader sledges farmers for not speaking up about health and safety

Labour leader Andrew Little has slammed farmers for failing to speak out about new health and safety rules that deem worm farming riskier than cattle and continue to put the lives of agriculture staff...


New Zealand | 21 August 2015
Culling of dairy cattle increases as farmers look to maximise milk profit

Cash-strapped dairy farmers are slaughtering thousands more cattle than usual in response to slumping milk prices. The national cow kill is up by more than 160,000 head on a year ago. Meat Board s...


New Zealand | 20 August 2015
Glimmer of hope for dairy farmers

Prices in the global dairy trade auction jumped 15 percent and the key commodity, whole milk powder, soared 19 percent to $US1856 a tonne. A main driver behind the lift was Fonterra reducing the am...


New Zealand | 19 August 2015
Dairy increase has farmers smiling

Dairy farmers are cautiously optimistic that increased prices overnight from the GlobalDairyAuction are the start of more good news for the industry. The overall price index rose by 14.8 percent, t...


New Zealand | 18 August 2015
Farmers fail to feed livestock correctly

More than 700 farmers have registered for the visits which are intended to help farmers grow and harvest more pasture to save costs. DairyNZ productivity team leader Rob Brazendale said more than 4...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
Farmers urged to rethink drastic reaction to low milk price

Dairy farmers are considering drastic action from partial or full herd slaughter to drying off cows in response to the milk price plunge, but they're being urged not to torpedo opportunities for young...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
Dairy conversion under scrutiny after Solid Energy debacle

The Government denies it badly managed the collapsed state-owned Solid Energy, as it reveals it is "digging into" a 25,000-hectare conversion from trees to dairy in Waikato. The coal company went i...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
South Island farmers had enough of snow

In contrast with the mild winter last year, this one has brought frequent snow storms through much of the South Island - and the North Island has not escaped either. The most recent dump left hills...


New Zealand | 12 August 2015
Global dairy trade player bales out

The calls from some farmers and political parties come in response to the continuing slide in prices for dairy products sold in the twice-a-month auction. Fonterra said the GDT was not to blame for...


New Zealand | 11 August 2015
Dairy slump lifts chances of New Zealand rate cuts

A sharp drop in the amount that dairy giant Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. expects to pay its farmer shareholders has solidified expectations of more New Zealand rate cuts this year. Even though ...


New Zealand | 10 August 2015
Got too much milk? NZ PM thinks so

Dairy is hugely important to New Zealand's economy, making up around a third of its annual exports, but NZ Prime Minister John Key told CNBC a "perfect storm" was brewing in the industry. Fonterra,...


New Zealand | 10 August 2015
Fonterra helps out hard-hit farmers with loan

Hard-hit Fonterra dairy farmers have the ability to get an extra 50 cents a kilogram of milksolids via an interest-free loan. The giant dairy co-op revealed the interest-free loan offer on the back...


New Zealand | 7 August 2015
Milk price 'bloody ugly', says Manawatu farmer

The latest slash to Fonterra's payout has been described as "bloody ugly" by Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers president James Stewart. Fonterra announced an advance milk price for the coming s...


New Zealand | 7 August 2015
Fonterra slashes farmgate milk price to $3.85

Fonterra has announced that the forecast total payout available to farmers in the 2015/16 season will be $4.25-$4.35. That comprises a forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $3.85 per kilogram of milksoli...


New Zealand | 6 August 2015
Canterbury dairy farms facing big bills as milk payout crashes

South Canterbury farmer Ben Jaunay is "farming for free" and facing losing hundreds of thousands of dollars if milk prices keep falling. Banks are tipping dairy giant Fonterra's payout for its late...


New Zealand | 5 August 2015
Farmers warned over 'excessive' payments to children

Farmers have been warned by an agri-tax specialist to be careful about how much they pay their children for farm work, and that they should treat them like any other employees. Crowe Horwath's Tony...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
New Zealand regulator alleges livestock firms' price fixing

New Zealand's competition regulator said on Monday it had started legal action against two livestock companies and five individuals for price fixing over the introduction of a national animal identity...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
Further fall in global dairy prices predicted

The average price dropped by a whopping 10.7 percent at the last sale a fortnight ago and the key commodity, whole milk powder, by even more: 13 percent. AgriHQ analyst Susan Kilsby said dairy mark...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
Illegal birds' nests 'could devastate poultry industry'

Tian Chi Lee was fined $15,000 in the Manukau District Court last week after he tried to illegally import the swiftlet birds' nests, which are a Chinese delicacy. Poultry Industry Association chief...


New Zealand | 3 August 2015
Farming growth opportunities identified

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and the Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy released the report last week. Mr Guy says the report identified potential growth in sectors like fresh veg...


New Zealand | 3 August 2015
New Zealand regulator alleges livestock firms' price fixing

Aug 3 New Zealand's competition regulator said on Monday it had started legal action against two livestock companies and five individuals for price fixing over the introduction of a national animal id...


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...