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World News: New Zealand
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...


New Zealand | 6 April 2015
Man arrested after dairy 'incident'

A "suspicious male" is in the custody of Christchurch police following an incident at a New Brighton dairy. Police were called about 9.50am on Monday following an alleged theft at a dairy on Bowhi...


New Zealand | 2 April 2015
Townies need better understanding of farming

A rural business leader wants to see improvements in urban people's understanding of farming. Dirty dairying headlines shaped the urban view of rural communities, Ballance Agri-Nutrients CEO Mark W...


New Zealand | 30 March 2015
Farming leader hails 'wake-up call' result

Farmers of New Zealand president, and a Kaitaia retailer, Ian Walker said New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' win was a wake-up call for the Government and other political parties not to ignore t...


New Zealand | 30 March 2015
Judge 'mystified' at company's dairy farm failures

A company that got a resource consent for farm work then didn't follow its conditions, has been fined $26,000. Judge Craig Thompson fined J and J Watt Ltd of Cambridge for a range of offences,inclu...


New Zealand | 27 March 2015
Dairy futures trading halt lifted

Exchange operator NZX said trading of dairy futures has resumed after a trading halt was put on this morning pending clarification of the volume of Australian skim milk powder being put on the GlobalD...


New Zealand | 26 March 2015
Fonterra sees dairy industry glass half full

Fonterra says it is optimistic milk powder prices will recover, even as the world’s biggest dairy supplier reported a drop in interim profits and slashed its forecast dividend payment due to “tough co...


New Zealand | 25 March 2015
Fonterra profit slides 16pc, dividend forecast cut

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings is not ruling out job cuts as the company looks to make the "tough decisions" needed to lift its game. The country's biggest exporter reported a net profit o...


New Zealand | 23 March 2015
Greens call for dairy moratorium discussion

Federated Farmers denial that it called for a moratorium on dairy conversions in the Waikato region hasn't discouraged the Green Party, which supports the idea anyway. Federated Farmers says commen...


New Zealand | 20 March 2015
NZ dairy farm values revive, as milk prices recover

New Zealand dairy farm prices have revived amid the recovery in commodity prices, according to data from real estate agents, noting a drop in properties for sale in the country's overall land market. ...


New Zealand | 19 March 2015
Dairy farmers pin hopes on dividend

Farmers will be looking to Fonterra's dividend to at least partially offset what is likely to be a low farmgate milk price this season after dairy prices fell by 8.8 per cent at the latest GlobalDairy...


New Zealand | 16 March 2015
Sabotage fear for dairy sheds

It might be time for farmers to adopt a "food defence" mentality with tougher on-farm security, especially round the milking shed, says dairy leader Andrew Hoggard. The Federated Farmers dairy chai...


New Zealand | 13 March 2015
No bans on New Zealand dairy products after poison threat

New Zealand has received no indications that any foreign countries would stop buying its dairy products following a threat to poison infant formula with a toxic pesticide, the agriculture ministry sai...


New Zealand | 11 March 2015
New Zealand prime minister says poison threat to milk powder ‘ecoterrorism’

Anonymous threats to poison New Zealand milk powder have been sent to farmers’ groups by anti-pesticide protesters – a revelation that has been condemned as “a form of ecoterrorism” by prime minister ...


New Zealand | 11 March 2015
Kiwi dollar drops on dairy poison threat

New Zealand's dairy industry scrambled to reassure customers about the safety of its milk supplies after police revealed an anonymous blackmail threat to poison infant milk formula. Fonterra, the w...


New Zealand | 10 March 2015
Dairy company defies dry spell

Open Country, which is 70 percent owned by the Talleys Group, operates three plants in Waikato, Southland and Wanganui, processing well over a billion litres of milk a year. It estimates it has a five...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Falling dairy prices hold down New Zealand manufacturing sales values

New Zealand manufacturers sold more by volume in the quarter to the end of December last year, but their sales values fell due to falling dairy prices, the government statistics agency said Monday. ...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Investigations into fatal farming incident in Canterbury

Canterbury Police and WorkSafe NZ investigations into fatal farming incident ongoing. Canterbury Police are now able to name the victim of the fatal farming incident at a rural property in Purau wh...


New Zealand | 9 March 2015
Red meat sector at crossroads

The next year is crunch time for the red meat sector, with farms that have been in families for generations poised to be lost to foreigners and dairy farming, say the publishers of a no-holds-barred r...