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World News: New Zealand
9 April 2013
Delay in slaughter of TB-infected cattle

Dairy cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis are still on Taranaki farms waiting for slaughter because there is no space for them at the freezing works. TB has been found in three dairy herds nea...


9 April 2013
Big dry shows risk of investing in agriculture

Capital growth has always been an important factor in successful dairy farm investment, but it would be unwise for investors to assume land prices always go up. The drought ravaging many parts of t...


8 April 2013
New TB flare-up in dairy herds

Taranaki is experiencing an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in dairy herds. New TB infections have just been found in three Taranaki dairy herds, two months after the disease was found in a dairy h...


8 April 2013
Cattle to be slaughtered over TB outbreak

The infected animals in four herds of cattle are set to be slaughtered, in an attempt to get rid of an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Taranaki. Three herds near Ingelwood, and one close to Opun...


5 April 2013
Dairy trade feels heat of New Zealand drought

In today's increasingly globalized dairy industry, events halfway around the world can profoundly impact U.S. milk producers and dairy processors. That is why the U.S. dairy industry is closely watchi...


4 April 2013
Dairy farmer slapped with $40k fine

A Northland dairy farmer is "flabbergasted" by the $40,000 he's been fined for polluting a stream. But the region's environment watchdog says the damage from an effluent spill justifies the penalty...


28 March 2013
Milk rout ending on worst NZ drought in 30 years

Milk futures are poised to end their longest slump since 2008 in Chicago as drought reduces production in New Zealand, the largest exporter, forcing China and other buyers to import more from the U.S....


27 March 2013
NZ rain boosts confidence

Rain last week made farmers feel better. But the follow-up rain they were hoping for this week is not likely to happen. The next rain forecast for the region is Easter Monday. Many farmers have ...


21 March 2013
China food fears raise potential for NZ

China's long-running food-safety scares and milk powder contamination problems have increased demand for reliable overseas supplies, creating sound investment opportunities for New Zealand's agricultu...


20 March 2013
Dairy prices soar but gloom ahead

Westpac is warning that the country's milk production could drop for the first time in five years if drought conditions in the North Island continue. The bank's agri-economist, Nathan Penny, said m...


19 March 2013
Fewer than 12 farmers sign for drought package

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says fewer than a dozen people have signed up for the Government's rural assistance package for drought relief. But a Rural Support Trust coordinator says it'...


18 March 2013
Pig farmers lose pork import battle

Pig farmers have failed in their legal bid to overturn a government decision allowing raw pork imports from countries with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). The disease, also kn...


18 March 2013
Drought: Farmers smell their grass rotting

Some Grey Valley farmers could smell the grass rotting in their browned paddocks this morning after the rain that brought some relief to the South Island, passed up the country. Most areas got a go...


14 March 2013
Will rain this weekend end the drought?

Rain is forecast to fall across most of the country over the weekend and early next week, but will it be enough to help drought-hit farmers? Federated farmers president Bruce Wills says it won't, u...


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...