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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 27 May 2014
Kiwi dairy farmers go high tech

When Murray King's ancestors first took up dairy farming, their tools of the trade likely consisted of little more than a stool, a bucket and a steady pair of hands. But with New Zealand farmers un...


New Zealand | 27 May 2014
Falling dairy prices to hit trade figures

A run of trade surpluses may have hit its peak, with falling world dairy product prices expected to show through as soon as the next monthly trade figures, economists say. New Zealand ran a lower t...


New Zealand | 26 May 2014
Police warning over dairy season crashes

Wandering stock are causing an increased number of car accidents and farmers need to ensure they are contained as the dairy season gets under way, police say. Monday marks the start of the dairy se...


New Zealand | 26 May 2014
Farmers fed up with water blame game

South Canterbury farmers say they are becoming fed up with a "them and us" attitude when it comes to the conservation and management of waterways. Hundreds of people attended a forum in Geraldine o...


New Zealand | 21 May 2014
Sharing cattle industry tips across the Tasman

They might have it over us in the dairy stakes, but a New Zealand cattle breeder says he's impressed with how sustainable Australia's beef industry is. Pip Robinson recently spent a few weeks visit...


New Zealand | 20 May 2014
'Drought-breaking rains' revive NZ farmland market

"Drought-breaking rains" fostered a sharp recovery in the price of farms in New Zealand, even as the country's important dairy sector has seen some fall-off in milk prices. Prices of New Zealand fa...


New Zealand | 14 May 2014
Dairy warned on China dependency

A Chinese dairy analyst is warning the New Zealand dairy industry not to become too dependent on that market. Rabobank's senior dairy and beverages analyst, Sandy Chen is visiting New Zealand to sp...


New Zealand | 13 May 2014
Kiwis warned off 'mega-dairy' farming model

New Zealand's farming systems are unique in the world. They are characterised by grazed pasture farming, co-operative structures and information sharing. It is these factors that the industry ha...


New Zealand | 8 May 2014
Goodman Fielder accelerates NZ dairy sale

Goodman Fielder has stepped up its defence against a A$1.27 billion (NZ$1.36b) takeover offer by kicking off a sale process for its New Zealand dairy business, which could be worth at least A$600 mill...


New Zealand | 5 May 2014
Land for sale is ours, says Patuharakeke

A Whangarei hapu wants to halt the sale of Marsden Pt land it has a Treaty of Waitangi claim over and wants it land banked by the Government until its claim is settled. Government-owned Mighty Rive...


New Zealand | 2 May 2014
Cereal and seed crops at risk

Wet weather is hampering harvesting in South Canterbury. Federated Farmers South Canterbury grain and seed chairman Colin Hurst said dull conditions in the past four weeks had delayed many crops. ...


New Zealand | 1 May 2014
Danone to buy NZ dairy firms

French food giant Danone looks set to buy two New Zealand dairy companies. Sutton Group and Gardians said last night they have entered into an agreement to sell both business operations to Danone N...


New Zealand | 28 April 2014
Bridging the gap between meat and dairy profits

There has been a lot of discussion recently about New Zealand's meat industry. We all want more profitable and sustainable farming. Meat farmers have been concerned that their gross incomes are ...


New Zealand | 28 April 2014
Farmers warned to prepare for the worst as risk of El Nino grows

Farmers are being cautioned to prepare contingency plans amid early signs of a large El Nino climate event this year. In New Zealand, the ocean-driven system typically brings cooler, wetter conditi...


New Zealand | 28 April 2014
How going digital helps dairy farmers grow productivity

It's not surprising that there are lots of bulls at Livestock Improvement Corporation's (LIC) Hamilton campus. Hundreds of them graze in a complex of paddocks out the back. LIC's business, after all, ...


New Zealand | 23 April 2014
Flood-hit farmers face 'massive task'

Farmers and grapegrowers along the East Coast are facing a huge clean-up task following last week's torrential rain, community representatives say. Labour's Kaikoura electorate candidate Janette Wa...


New Zealand | 23 April 2014
Cattle parasites may spread further

An outbreak of the cattle disease, theileriosis in the upper North Island is predicted to get worse and farmers are being warned to take precautions. Theilerisosis is caused by a blood-borne parasi...


New Zealand | 22 April 2014
Jail for dairy robber

The Waitara victim of a machete-wielding robber pleaded for him not to hurt her because she was pregnant. Richard Sagi Sagi, 41, was later arrested and charged with the aggravated robbery of BJ's C...


New Zealand | 21 April 2014
Farmers counting costs of storm

Marlborough farmers are facing huge cleanup bills after floodwaters raged through paddocks, taking out stock and fencing. While many had moved stock to higher ground on Thursday, floodwaters quickl...


New Zealand | 17 April 2014
New fall in dairy prices

Fonterra's record farmgate milk price forecast may have to come back slightly after international dairy prices fell again at last night's dairy auction, but the decline should not detract from what ha...


New Zealand | 16 April 2014
Dairy prices extend decline, pressuring Fonterra milk payout

Dairy prices fell for a fifth straight auction, suggesting Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. (FSF) may have to reduce its forecast milk payout to New Zealand farmers. The GlobalDairyTrade Price Index...


New Zealand | 7 April 2014
NZ risks missing golden opportunity in agriculture

New Zealand risks ‘missing golden opportunity in agriculture’ – new report on competitiveness warns. New Zealand risks missing ’a golden opportunity’ to grow its agricultural sector, and addressing...


New Zealand | 4 April 2014
Southern farmers sympathise with drought-stricken

North Canterbury farmers seem to have escaped the drought creeping over much of the North Island. Paddocks have greened up from consistent rain since a cool start to summer in contrast to pastures ...


New Zealand | 2 April 2014
Drought hits Auckland farmers the hardest

Auckland is the worst drought-affected area in the country and there is no end in sight, Federated Farmers says. Federated Farmers Auckland president Wendy Clark said Auckland had gone about three ...


New Zealand | 26 March 2014
Farmer confidence drops - survey

The latest rural confidence survey shows farmers' business outlook for the coming 12 months remains robust - but they aren't quite as bright as they have been. The Rabobank surveys 450 farmers acro...


New Zealand | 26 March 2014
Fonterra first half earnings drop, dairy prices shrink margins

New Zealand's Fonterra reported a 41 percent fall in first-half earnings on Wednesday as the farmer-owned co-operative's margins were hit by higher costs, too much milk, and a lack of capacity to proc...


New Zealand | 21 March 2014
Chinese still think NZ dairy less safe

Chinese consumers regard New Zealand milk products as less safe than those produced in our key dairy competitors like the United States and Europe, Massey University research suggests. The universi...


New Zealand | 14 March 2014
Fonterra to plead guilty on eve of China visit

Days ahead of a bridge-building exercise by Prime Minister John Key in China, Fonterra said it would plead guilty to a series of charges stemming from a global food safety scare it sparked last year. ...


New Zealand | 14 March 2014
Dairy still under threat from supermarket

Supermarket giant Foodstuffs is continuing with plans to force a popular Christchurch dairy out of a suburban shopping centre. More than 2700 people have signed a petition to save Halswell's Willy ...


New Zealand | 10 March 2014
Dairy industry hits back at survey

The dairy industry has hit back at a "lame duck" survey which says they are damaging New Zealand's international reputation through a poor environmental record. A survey by Horizon Research, funded...