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New Zealand | 18 August 2015
Farmers fail to feed livestock correctly

More than 700 farmers have registered for the visits which are intended to help farmers grow and harvest more pasture to save costs. DairyNZ productivity team leader Rob Brazendale said more than 4...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
Farmers urged to rethink drastic reaction to low milk price

Dairy farmers are considering drastic action from partial or full herd slaughter to drying off cows in response to the milk price plunge, but they're being urged not to torpedo opportunities for young...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
Dairy conversion under scrutiny after Solid Energy debacle

The Government denies it badly managed the collapsed state-owned Solid Energy, as it reveals it is "digging into" a 25,000-hectare conversion from trees to dairy in Waikato. The coal company went i...


New Zealand | 17 August 2015
South Island farmers had enough of snow

In contrast with the mild winter last year, this one has brought frequent snow storms through much of the South Island - and the North Island has not escaped either. The most recent dump left hills...


New Zealand | 12 August 2015
Global dairy trade player bales out

The calls from some farmers and political parties come in response to the continuing slide in prices for dairy products sold in the twice-a-month auction. Fonterra said the GDT was not to blame for...


New Zealand | 11 August 2015
Dairy slump lifts chances of New Zealand rate cuts

A sharp drop in the amount that dairy giant Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. expects to pay its farmer shareholders has solidified expectations of more New Zealand rate cuts this year. Even though ...


New Zealand | 10 August 2015
Got too much milk? NZ PM thinks so

Dairy is hugely important to New Zealand's economy, making up around a third of its annual exports, but NZ Prime Minister John Key told CNBC a "perfect storm" was brewing in the industry. Fonterra,...


New Zealand | 10 August 2015
Fonterra helps out hard-hit farmers with loan

Hard-hit Fonterra dairy farmers have the ability to get an extra 50 cents a kilogram of milksolids via an interest-free loan. The giant dairy co-op revealed the interest-free loan offer on the back...


New Zealand | 7 August 2015
Milk price 'bloody ugly', says Manawatu farmer

The latest slash to Fonterra's payout has been described as "bloody ugly" by Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers president James Stewart. Fonterra announced an advance milk price for the coming s...


New Zealand | 7 August 2015
Fonterra slashes farmgate milk price to $3.85

Fonterra has announced that the forecast total payout available to farmers in the 2015/16 season will be $4.25-$4.35. That comprises a forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $3.85 per kilogram of milksoli...


New Zealand | 6 August 2015
Canterbury dairy farms facing big bills as milk payout crashes

South Canterbury farmer Ben Jaunay is "farming for free" and facing losing hundreds of thousands of dollars if milk prices keep falling. Banks are tipping dairy giant Fonterra's payout for its late...


New Zealand | 5 August 2015
Farmers warned over 'excessive' payments to children

Farmers have been warned by an agri-tax specialist to be careful about how much they pay their children for farm work, and that they should treat them like any other employees. Crowe Horwath's Tony...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
New Zealand regulator alleges livestock firms' price fixing

New Zealand's competition regulator said on Monday it had started legal action against two livestock companies and five individuals for price fixing over the introduction of a national animal identity...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
Further fall in global dairy prices predicted

The average price dropped by a whopping 10.7 percent at the last sale a fortnight ago and the key commodity, whole milk powder, by even more: 13 percent. AgriHQ analyst Susan Kilsby said dairy mark...


New Zealand | 4 August 2015
Illegal birds' nests 'could devastate poultry industry'

Tian Chi Lee was fined $15,000 in the Manukau District Court last week after he tried to illegally import the swiftlet birds' nests, which are a Chinese delicacy. Poultry Industry Association chief...


New Zealand | 3 August 2015
Farming growth opportunities identified

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and the Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy released the report last week. Mr Guy says the report identified potential growth in sectors like fresh veg...


New Zealand | 3 August 2015
New Zealand regulator alleges livestock firms' price fixing

Aug 3 New Zealand's competition regulator said on Monday it had started legal action against two livestock companies and five individuals for price fixing over the introduction of a national animal id...


New Zealand | 31 July 2015
Auckland dairy owner's killer jailed for six years

The full story of the killing of Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar began before his teen attacker's birth, the judge said as he delivered a jail sentence to a 14-year-old boy. The boy, who has name s...


New Zealand | 29 July 2015
June floods still hitting Taranaki farmers

Heavy rain across the western and lower North Island in June caused slips, erosion and flooding. Roads, bridges, fences and farm land have been washed away and communities are facing many months of...


New Zealand | 29 July 2015
New Zealand central bank says dairy slump could worsen

New Zealand's central bank warned Wednesday that a prolonged slump in dairy prices could get worse, forcing interest rates down to maintain growth in the farm-reliant economy. Reserve Bank of New Z...


New Zealand | 27 July 2015
Falling dairy prices: winners & losers

The recent fall in dairy prices has been a key driver for the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates in June and again last week at its official cash rate (OCR) review. The fall in dairy prices has br...


New Zealand | 27 July 2015
Southern dairy farmers could cut back on environmental practices

Southern farmers may opt to lower their environmental budgets following the low dairy payout, industry leaders say. Following on from national Federated Farmers president William Rolleston's commen...


New Zealand | 24 July 2015
Dairy farmers crack down on costs

North Canterbury dairy farmers resigned to a second low payout are unlikely to break even let alone make a profit in a difficult season ahead of them. Farmers are clutching at few positives apart f...


New Zealand | 23 July 2015
Farmland sales Bill defeated in Parliament

A Labour Party Bill that would have imposed strict controls on the sale of farmland to foreigners has been narrowly defeated in Parliament. Phil Goff, who drafted the member's Bill, says the Govern...


New Zealand | 22 July 2015
Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland

The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Ph...


New Zealand | 21 July 2015
Govt concerned at milk payout forecast

The Government says it now expects dairy prices to stay lower for longer, and it is concerned about a reduced forecast payout from New Zealand's second biggest dairy processor. Open Country has red...


New Zealand | 21 July 2015
Dairy industry facing a 'perfect storm' of excess supply

Bill English says China is sitting on "mountains" of excess dairy product, part of a global glut, but he remains confident prices will recover this year. Dairy prices hit a six year low in July ami...


New Zealand | 20 July 2015
John Key tells Kiwis to look on the bright side for dairy exports and economy

John Key has urged Kiwis to avoid a "gloomy mind set", painting a bright future for dairy exports. The prime minister said Finance Minister Bill English had returned from a recent visit to China mo...


New Zealand | 20 July 2015
NZ dairy processor a2 rejects takeover offer

New Zealand dairy processor a2 Milk Company Ltd rejected a takeover approach on Monday, but said it was considering other potential suitors as foreign firms circle dairy assets in the world's largest ...


New Zealand | 17 July 2015
Dollar hits 6-year low on dairy jitters

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a six-year low after a surprisingly sharp slump in dairy prices fuelled concerns about the broader economy. The developments fuelled expectations the Reserve Bank ...