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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 12 August 2013
Livestock farmers warned over feed grain supply

Feed grain stocks are down on last year despite a good harvest, and livestock farmers are being urged to secure supplies early. The Arable Marketing Initiative report on cereal areas and volumes at...


New Zealand | 6 August 2013
Botulism scare halts NZ milk-powder sales to China

China and Russia halted imports of some milk powder from New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. after the largest dairy exporter warned of a contaminated ingredient. The kiwi dollar fell to a o...


New Zealand | 30 July 2013
Dairy giant Fonterra's profits set to fall

New Zealand dairy co-operative, Fonterra, has forecast a downgrade in profits this financial year. Fonterra's blaming the drought in New Zealand, and the cost of restructuring dairy operations in A...


New Zealand | 26 July 2013
Lamb price lift heralds better days

The return of $100 lambs for the 2013-14 season will go some way to lifting the spirits of sheep farmers. Farmer confidence was hard to find during the worst drought in 70 years in parts of the Nor...


New Zealand | 25 July 2013
Farmers' confidence on the up, survey shows

Another rural confidence survey has shown a turnaround in New Zealand farmers' expectations for the economy and their own businesses. The Federated Farmers survey asked 647 farmers across all the m...


New Zealand | 23 July 2013
Thieves target Linwood dairy again

An armed hold-up at a Christchurch dairy was the fourth time robbers have targeted the store since a husband and wife bought the business three years ago. Two masked men armed with a knife demanded...


New Zealand | 18 July 2013
Currency moves give windfall to dairy sector

The best news for dairy price watchers in Fonterra's latest Global Dairy Trade auction wasn't so much the third average price rise in a row, but what the fine print indicated for the market in January...


New Zealand | 18 July 2013
Committed to milking shorthorn cattle

Taranaki milking shorthorn breeders Ross and Joanne Soffe are keen to protect the species for the future. Shorthorn cattle have been in New Zealand for almost two centuries, having been shipped he...


New Zealand | 17 July 2013
Young farm manager's passion for dairying

Happy cows equal good milk production and happy cows mean happy people, says Manawatu dairy farm manager Amy Lowe. That's her mantra. She scratches an upset cow and tells her to settle down. The co...


New Zealand | 15 July 2013
Farm sales up around NZ

Farm sales are up, fuelled by interest in lifestyle blocks, with more than 1700 sold in the three months ended June, statistics released today show. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)...


New Zealand | 4 July 2013
Drug protest at dairy

Protesters have been picketing the Belt Road dairy this morning, demanding it stops selling controversial synthetic cannabis. About 20 people are chanting and waving placards and signs reading "hu...


New Zealand | 4 July 2013
Dairy farmers 'unfairly pilloried'

Politicians, academics and the news media neglect urban pollution but highlight any dairy spills, Federated Farmers' dairy leader Willy Leferink says. Academics and politicians make "outrageous sou...


New Zealand | 3 July 2013
Foul-smelling farm faces action

Pools of waste, rotting carcasses and soiled public roads at Tuamarina dairy farmer Philip Woolley's Awarua Farm are to be considered at a hearing of the Environment Court this month. The condition...


New Zealand | 3 July 2013
Europe's threat to NZ dairy

Theo Spierings flourishes a page from a Fonterra internal briefing document, minus the confidential figures which spell out the full extent of the competitive threat it faces due to major changes loom...


New Zealand | 3 July 2013
World dairy prices lift overnight

Prices of dairy products rose for the second time in a row at Fonterra's latest GlobalDairyTrade auction and the volume sold jumped to a six-month high. The GDT-TWI Price Index rose 0.7 per cent co...


New Zealand | 1 July 2013
Agriculture begging for graduates

The number of university graduates in agriculture-related fields has dropped in recent years. Of the 22,820 undergraduate degrees awarded to domestic students across the country in 2011, only 68 we...


New Zealand | 24 June 2013
Chopper visits snow-stranded farmers

Civil Defence authorities sent a helicopter into Central Otago today to check on families who have been isolated for four days by heavy snow. The helicopter attempted to land at all farms in the Mo...


New Zealand | 24 June 2013
Farmers say flooding was avoidable

A jet ski is the best way to get around one Motukarara dairy farm. As result of last week's rain, the entire property is now underwater. Down the road, Winston Vanderspek's cattle farm used border ...


New Zealand | 19 June 2013
'Massive gains' by NZ sheep farmers

New Zealand's sheep farmers should take a bow. Collectively they have received a well-earned pat on the back from industry leaders for their outstanding improvement in productivity in the last 25 year...


New Zealand | 18 June 2013
Prices soar for elite cattle

The recent Royal Presentation sale saw a new benchmark set for elite dairy cattle prices in New Zealand. Held at Clover-Lane farm in Pencarrow Rd, the sale of 58 holstein-friesian and jersey yearli...


New Zealand | 11 June 2013
Family makes itself a big power in farming

Fieldays will be in a really good mood this year, reckons Brett Maber. The 36-year-old scion of the Maber family whose name is synonymous with Morrinsville and the New Zealand tractor industry, is ...


New Zealand | 7 June 2013
Wairarapa dairy robbed with machete

Police are seeking two men who robbed a Masterton dairy armed with a machete. The two men robbed the Lincoln Rd dairy about 6pm on Monday, stealing money from the till. The machete-wielding man ...


New Zealand | 4 June 2013
New agriculture vehicle regulations

New rules for agricultural vehicles came into force on June 1 with rural contractors – and farmers –being encouraged to familiarise themselves with these changes. Rural Contractors New Zealand – th...


New Zealand | 3 June 2013
Drought recovery: Agriculture in 2025

The world's population is increasing rapidly - estimates show that by 2025 it could be near eight billion - an increase of 14 per cent from today. Feeding these people will require agricultural sys...


New Zealand | 29 May 2013
Dairy development helping environment

A controversial dairying development near Omarama is leading the way with its environmental practices. It is still early days but the structure, fertility, health and depth of Little Ben dairy farm...


New Zealand | 29 May 2013
Farmers face depression, anxiety over winter

The drought might be over, but the battle is not yet won. Recent rain has brought relief for New Zealand sheep and cattle farmers but while grass is starting to grow and fields are beginning to gre...


New Zealand | 27 May 2013
Protest over genetically modified crops

Hundreds of people marched down Riccarton Rd and obstructed traffic to protest against genetically modified crops. The protests in Christchurch are part of nationwide and international marches agai...


New Zealand | 23 May 2013
Farmers relieved as Chinese meat embargo ends

Federated Farmers says it is hugely relieved meat exports will be allowed back into China after an administrative error led to shipments being left at the border. Meat exports have been blocked fro...


New Zealand | 22 May 2013
NZ farmers seek trade relations with China after export delays

The head of New Zealand's farm industry body said Wednesday that farmers are hoping to get the trade relationship with China running smoothly again after meat exports were held up on Chinese wharves b...


New Zealand | 17 May 2013
Customers reassured NZ milk is safe

The Ministry of Primary Industries has moved to reassure overseas consumers that New Zealand milk is safe after a Sri Lankan government minister warned it could be contaminated with radioactive chemic...