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World News: New Zealand
14 March 2013
Drought impacts on cattle sales

The three blokes who bought two pens of sheep for their freezer have achieved their task. A flurry of dust and spits of gravel lay in their wake as they exit the Rangiruru sales yard, ewes bundled tig...


12 March 2013
Bone dry and at breaking point

Dave McGaveston does not mince words. It is, he says, his worst season in 40 years of farming. He has just returned from a meeting with his bank manager to discuss how to make it through on his big...


12 March 2013
Farmer has edge over drought

As drought bites in the Waikato, Te Aroha dairy farmer Kevin White seems to have a secret for staving off panic. White has farmed for seven years and manages a 350-cow herd just south of the mounta...


11 March 2013
Government issues warning to drought-ravaged farmers

Farmers should know in a few days if Tropical Cyclone Sandra, forming off the coast of Australia, will bring some vital rain to parched New Zealand farmland, forecasters say. MetService meteorologi...


8 March 2013
Dairy giant gives $20m for wetlands

Dairy giant Fonterra will provide a massive cash injection towards the fight to save the internationally recognised but threatened Waituna Lagoon in Southland. A $20 million partnership was signed ...


8 March 2013
Manufacturing rises despite fall in meat and dairy

Total manufacturing rose for December 2012, despite a small drop in meat and dairy product manufacturing, Statistics New Zealand said today. After adjusting for price changes and seasonal variation...


7 March 2013
Beef and sheep farm income under threat

Low lamb prices and the ongoing drought are predicted to slash sheep and beef farm income this season. Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Economic Service mid-season update estimates that farm profit before...


7 March 2013
Milk prices expected to rise as drought hits farmers hard

Drought conditions across the North Island are threatening to hit consumers in the pocket. Northland was declared a drought-zone on February 27 and yesterday the Government extended the cover to So...


6 March 2013
NZ fears fuel jump in dairy prices to 21-month top

Dairy prices rocketed to a 21-month high at GlobalDairyTrade, led by the biggest rise in whole milk powder since 2010, amid growing concerns over the impact of poor weather on New Zealand production. ...


6 March 2013
Drought-stricken farmers sell stock

Hawke's Bay farmers coping with one of the driest summers on record are desperately trying to get rid of stock. The Government today officially declared Hawke's Bay, South Auckland, Waikato and Bay...


6 March 2013
Drought declared in more North Island regions

Six regions in the North Island are officially in drought and the Ministry for Primary Industries says rainfall in the next two months will be critical as farmers prepare for winter. Primary Indust...


4 March 2013
Rain no sop to drought hit farmers

Light rain across the North Island brought little relief to farmers plagued by extremely dry soil conditions, though showers are forecast over the next few days. Niwa declared conditions of "extrem...


4 March 2013
Farmers fear foot and mouth risk from imports

The Government says it is reviewing a report by farmers which raises concerns that imported palm kernel could bring foot and mouth disease to New Zealand. The dairy industry imports palm kernel exp...


28 February 2013
Big dry raises fears of dairy crash

MetService says it will be weeks before any significant rain falls in key farming areas, putting the country's two leading exports, meat and dairy, under enormous pressure with production beginning to...


27 February 2013
Drought declaration brings some relief for Northland farmers

Northland farmers, desperate for rain, have received some relief with the Government declaring a drought in the region. The recognition of the dry conditions means more support can be given to farm...


25 February 2013
Northland farmers asking to declare drought zone

Northland farmers are asking the Government to declare the region a drought zone. A Northland Rural Support Trust meeting will be held tomorrow to decide whether most of the region is affected enou...


22 February 2013
Big dry forces farmers to sell stock

Dry weather has forced many farmers to sell their stock much earlier than usual - and there are fears things will get worse. Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills said farmers were becom...


21 February 2013
Farmers praying for respite from summer sun

North Island farmers are considering extreme measures as they become increasingly desperate for relief from soaring temperatures. Waikato farmers are on the verge of declaring a drought in their re...


20 February 2013
Dry summer pushes up world dairy prices

Dry conditions in the North Island helped drive milk product prices higher at the latest fortnightly global dairy auction, but ongoing strength in the New Zealand dollar is acting to take the cream of...


13 February 2013
Dairy prices likely to keep rising

Global dairy commodity prices are continuing to trend up, due to weather extremes in the main milk producing countries, says Rabobank. This trend was expected to continue in coming months, with mil...


5 February 2013
Farmers diversify as lamb and wool continues decline

South Canterbury farmers say the live export of dairy cattle is becoming increasingly important for the region's economy. A Federated Farmers survey indicates its members are expecting a bleak year...


31 January 2013
Farmers to decide fate of sheep + beef project

A $65 million project aimed at lifting the nation's income from sheep and beef farming will stand or fall on a farmer poll in five weeks. The vote by sheep and beef farmers will be counted at Beef ...


28 January 2013
New Zealand agriculture officials deny chemical cover-up

New Zealand government and dairy industry officials continued to reassure consumers around the globe Monday that New Zealand dairy products while denying claims they had delayed publication of tests s...


25 January 2013
NZ's water attracts Chinese dairy investment

Chinese investment in the New Zealand dairy industry is partly about the export of water, DairyNZ chairman John Luxton says. His comments come as the debate over such investment flares again as Chi...


24 January 2013
Product recall to protect dairy exports

The recall of nitrate-reducing products from shelves today, to protect New Zealand's dairy export trade, is a blow to both the dairy industry and efforts to reduce nitrates leaching into water and gre...


21 January 2013
Higher milk payouts may spur investment

One of the country's biggest dairy farming operators is picking increased interest in buying dairy farms this year driven by higher milk payouts. MyFarm manages more than 40 dairy farms on behalf o...


17 January 2013
Cattle shipment stirs animal welfare debate in New Zealand

About 7,200 dairy cows will depart New Zealand for China next week in what is believed to be New Zealand's largest-ever shipment of live cattle, Radio New Zealand reported Wednesday. The cattle wil...


11 January 2013
Sheep farmers encouraged to aim for Chinese market

New Zealand sheep farmers are being encouraged to think like the tourism industry, and aim for the niche, top end Chinese market. Lamb prices have fallen hard over the past year, with recession in ...


7 January 2013
Fishermen urge ban on cattle in rivers

Evidence showing cattle getting into rivers and anecdotal stories of animals being slaughtered next to streams have renewed calls for the introduction of a bylaw to exclude stock from Hawkes Bay's wat...


4 January 2013
Global dairy prices bounce back

The price of dairy products rose 2 per cent in the first GlobalDairyTrade auction of the year, recovering losses through the tail-end of last year. The average winning trade-weighted price increase...