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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 29 November 2013
NZ dairy leader sells farm for $25m to Italians

Dairy leader Willy Leferink and his wife are satisfied the Italian family who bought their Rakaia dairy farm through the Overseas Investment Office process for $25.1 million have the "right intentions...


New Zealand | 25 November 2013
Dairy workers plead for better treatment

A couple tell of going "from the frying pan to the fire" in the dairy industry, moving from long, hard days, unappreciated and sacked without warning to a job of 16-hour days and bullying. They are...


New Zealand | 21 November 2013
Dairy farming harming water

New Zealand's changing farming landscape is badly affecting water quality in the region, with it likely to continue deteriorating. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today released ...


New Zealand | 18 November 2013
Over 1600 NZ farms sold in 12 months

Annual farm sales have topped 1600 for the first time in more than 4½ years, though the $24,590 median hectare price remains significantly below its peak. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figur...


New Zealand | 18 November 2013
Angus farmers get lesson from NZ

Scottish angus breeder James Playfair-Hannay would like to take New Zealand bloodlines back with him to the home of the breed, after judging the angus fields in the cattle ring at the Canterbury A&P S...


New Zealand | 13 November 2013
Tumbling tomato prices lower NZ food bills

New Zealand food prices fell in October from September as the price of tomatoes tumbled, leading a seasonal decline in fruit and vegetables. Food prices declined one per cent in October from the pr...


New Zealand | 12 November 2013
Bullish outlook for seed growers

New Zealand's vegetable seed industry centred on Canterbury has the potential to generate $100 million in exports in the next five years. Midland Seeds head of research Dr Jo Townshend says this is...


New Zealand | 11 November 2013
Farmers opting to bury, burn plastic

Organisers of a collection in Taranaki for empty plastic containers this week have blasted farmers' response, saying they are choosing to dump or burn the waste instead. Only four containers were d...


New Zealand | 11 November 2013
Use of quad bikes on farms questioned

Quad bikes should not be referred to as all-terrain vehicles, and consideration should be given to stopping the use of quad bikes for farming altogether, a coroner has suggested in his written finding...


New Zealand | 4 November 2013
Farmers asked for ideas on best uses for farm robot

AgResearch scientists who have developed a multi-tasking farm robot are asking farmers for their ideas how it could be used. The Agri-Rover, as it's called is about the size of a low slung four whe...


New Zealand | 23 October 2013
Differing views on foreign owners of NZ farmland

New Zealand farmers hold strongly divergent views on whether foreign investors should be able to buy into farmland in this country, Federated Farmers says. The comments come after Chinese conglome...


New Zealand | 22 October 2013
NZ dairy farm values lag, despite milk price rises

Prices of New Zealand dairy farms are lagging the average despite a marked revival in the profits outlook for milk producers, enjoying strong rises in both output levels and prices. Prices for New ...


New Zealand | 16 October 2013
West Coast cops blame for cattle's TB

A case of bovine tuberculosis in South Canterbury appears to have come from cattle brought in from the West Coast. TBFree New Zealand has sent out letters to more than 85 farms in South Canterbury ...


New Zealand | 15 October 2013
Farm receives record fine for dairy pollution

Fenwick Farms has been handed the largest ever fine imposed for deliberately discharging dairy effluent into a stream in the Waikato region. Auckland District Court Judge Melanie Harland has convi...


New Zealand | 15 October 2013
NZ billionaire's farming exit continues

New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart continues to exit the farming sector, putting a property leased for cattle grazing and a pig breeding operation at Maramarua, north Waikato, on the block. The 1...


New Zealand | 14 October 2013
Dairy scare rocks small NZ companies

About 30 small-to-medium-sized companies are said to be suffering on-going adverse effects from the Fonterra botulism scare and some are at risk of going belly-up. SMEs that manufacture and supply ...


New Zealand | 9 October 2013
Farmers warned to check for nests to avoid fires

Federated Farmers has warned farmers to check their machinery for starling nests to avoid tractor fires this summer. Starlings like to build their nests in dry areas, and their favourite spot is in...


New Zealand | 8 October 2013
Rising beef shipments restoring confidence

Confidence among New Zealand beef farmers has been boosted by a kind spring, says a new Rabobank report. In line with the usual seasonal low point in beef supply, farmgate prices have improved, whi...


New Zealand | 4 October 2013
Dryland techniques can help cropping farmers

Cropping farmers with storm-damaged irrigators may need to adopt dryland farming techniques to maintain production until repairs are complete and water restored, the Foundation for Arable Research (Fa...


New Zealand | 2 October 2013
Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve dairy recall dispute

New Zealand's Fonterra (FSF.NZ), the world's biggest dairy exporter, said it is in talks to resolve a dispute with Danone (DANO.PA) over a contamination scare involving a Fonterra ingredient used by t...


New Zealand | 24 September 2013
Three year fight against invasive weed

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is mounting a strong response to try to prevent black grass, one of the worst invasive plants of arable farming systems in Europe, becoming established in Mid ...


New Zealand | 17 September 2013
Bull breeders 'blown away' by demand

Waikato's bull breeders are smiling because of strong prices at the annual on-farm sales this spring. Bull prices have been good at many of the sales at beef studs across the region, boosted in par...


New Zealand | 16 September 2013
Farmer facing drought water theft charges

A Reporoa drystock farmer has become the first person in the wider Waikato region in nearly 20 years to be charged with unlawfully taking water. The Waikato Regional Council has filed seven charges...


New Zealand | 16 September 2013
Chinese consumers won't taste NZ products

A New Zealand exporter of fresh milk to China has told TV One’s Q+A programme that Chinese consumers won’t try a supermarket promotion sample of her dairy products once they find out they’re from New ...


New Zealand | 13 September 2013
Foreign dairy workers help fill labour gap

The first two graduates from a new scheme to train overseas visitors to work on dairy farms are now milking cows on a property at Te Pirita. Chileans Marcelo Delgado and Daniella Jaramillo, both 18...


New Zealand | 9 September 2013
Stratford farmer underpaid worker in dry season

A message has gone out to farmers that they cannot underpay workers by paying them less in the dry season. In a test case which has put the dairy sector's wages under the microscope, a Stratford fa...


New Zealand | 9 September 2013
Lamb numbers down 2 million

Widespread drought last season will mean an estimated two million fewer lambs this spring. The Beef and Lamb New Zealand Economic Service's annual stock number survey has been released and confirme...


New Zealand | 3 September 2013
Food and agriculture bodies send government wishlist

A coalition of the country's leading food and agricultural bodies has told the government what it expects to see in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement when it's finally wrapped up. ...


New Zealand | 2 September 2013
Good dairy prices improve terms of trade

New Zealand's terms of trade, which measures the amount of imports the country can buy with a set amount of exports, improved in the second quarter as dairy products drove a gain in export prices whil...


New Zealand | 30 August 2013
It's time to stop booing our dairy farmers

We all like a good villain, a pantomime baddie with black cape, twirling moustache and evil leer. But there comes a time when we have to stop booing, when Salty Sam gets tired of tying Sweet Sue to...