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World News: New Zealand
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...


New Zealand | 30 August 2013
Migrants filling NZ's dairy worker void

The best way to treat migrant workers on dairy farms is the same way you would treat any worker, says a United States expert. University of California labour management specialist Professor Gregori...


New Zealand | 28 August 2013
From lawyer to beef farmer

Nick Carey represents the new generation of farm kids. While his father runs the 170-hectare family farm under the gaze of Mt Taranaki, Carey spends most of his time in supermarkets or at food shows, ...


New Zealand | 28 August 2013
Investors can pave way to farm ownership

A new farm-investment model has been unveiled this month that provides an alternative pathway to farm ownership for sharemilkers. The model was created by Cambridge-based farm consultancy group Rur...


New Zealand | 27 August 2013
Livestock company warned over mutant calves

A genetics company which provided defect bull semen to farmers last year has received a warning from the Commerce Commission about its marketing. About 900 farmers were affected after they used sem...


New Zealand | 27 August 2013
Salmonella kills hundreds of sheep

Hundreds of sheep in Otago and Southland have died following an outbreak of Salmonella. The bacteria causes pregnant ewes to abort their foetuses and may cause the death of the ewe. The strain i...


New Zealand | 26 August 2013
NZ dairy products delayed at Chinese ports

New Zealand dairy products ranging from milk powder to mozzarella cheese are being held on the wharves at Chinese ports as officials debate what form of additional testing should be applied following ...


New Zealand | 23 August 2013
Strong demand driving up barley price

Prospects for the dwindling number of arable farmers in North Canterbury have improved with strong demand for barley from the dairy industry combining with favourable growing conditions. "I doubt w...


New Zealand | 22 August 2013
Tb devastates dairy farmer's herd

Stu Husband loves his cows. Like many dairy farmers, he has a healthy interest in genetics and matches bulls to his cows to achieve the required breeding result. His 400-cow herd are cattle he has bre...


New Zealand | 22 August 2013
Don't ignore health and safety, farmers warned

Rural contractors are predicting demands for safety standards in the agricultural industry will increase to meet expectations from international markets. While Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) ...


New Zealand | 22 August 2013
Cattle-crash carnage prompts warning

A Taranaki policeman who attended a crash where a truck had ploughed into a herd of cattle has described the carnage he encountered. The crash, on State Highway 3 near Mokau, happened about 7pm on ...


New Zealand | 20 August 2013
Tainted milk powder angers farmers

Farmers will pay the price for tainted milk powder exported to China by a South Island dairy company, one of their biggest shareholders says. Batches of specialist milk powder exported to China by ...


New Zealand | 15 August 2013
Tax changes to hit dairy herd values

Many dairy farmers will have to factor in increased values of $400 a head for young dairy cows in their tax returns with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) changing the way they will be valued in one...


New Zealand | 14 August 2013
NZ 'working closely' with Russia over Fonterra scare

Government officials are working closely with Russian authorities to provide the reassurance they need over New Zealand dairy products following the Fonterra botulism scare, ministers say. Russi...


New Zealand | 13 August 2013
New Zealand dairy giant faces new milk scare in Sri Lanka

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, already under pressure over a global botulism scare, is facing fresh trouble over milk powder in Sri Lanka allegedly mixed with a farm chemical. The company said S...


New Zealand | 13 August 2013
Too much of a good thing testing farmers

Too much long grass on Waikato farms is proving to be a headache for the region's dairy farmers, DairyNZ says. The mild winter has caused this unseasonal growth and pasture management usually reser...


New Zealand | 12 August 2013
Livestock farmers warned over feed grain supply

Feed grain stocks are down on last year despite a good harvest, and livestock farmers are being urged to secure supplies early. The Arable Marketing Initiative report on cereal areas and volumes at...


New Zealand | 6 August 2013
Botulism scare halts NZ milk-powder sales to China

China and Russia halted imports of some milk powder from New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. after the largest dairy exporter warned of a contaminated ingredient. The kiwi dollar fell to a o...


New Zealand | 30 July 2013
Dairy giant Fonterra's profits set to fall

New Zealand dairy co-operative, Fonterra, has forecast a downgrade in profits this financial year. Fonterra's blaming the drought in New Zealand, and the cost of restructuring dairy operations in A...


New Zealand | 26 July 2013
Lamb price lift heralds better days

The return of $100 lambs for the 2013-14 season will go some way to lifting the spirits of sheep farmers. Farmer confidence was hard to find during the worst drought in 70 years in parts of the Nor...


New Zealand | 25 July 2013
Farmers' confidence on the up, survey shows

Another rural confidence survey has shown a turnaround in New Zealand farmers' expectations for the economy and their own businesses. The Federated Farmers survey asked 647 farmers across all the m...


New Zealand | 23 July 2013
Thieves target Linwood dairy again

An armed hold-up at a Christchurch dairy was the fourth time robbers have targeted the store since a husband and wife bought the business three years ago. Two masked men armed with a knife demanded...


New Zealand | 18 July 2013
Currency moves give windfall to dairy sector

The best news for dairy price watchers in Fonterra's latest Global Dairy Trade auction wasn't so much the third average price rise in a row, but what the fine print indicated for the market in January...


New Zealand | 18 July 2013
Committed to milking shorthorn cattle

Taranaki milking shorthorn breeders Ross and Joanne Soffe are keen to protect the species for the future. Shorthorn cattle have been in New Zealand for almost two centuries, having been shipped he...


New Zealand | 17 July 2013
Young farm manager's passion for dairying

Happy cows equal good milk production and happy cows mean happy people, says Manawatu dairy farm manager Amy Lowe. That's her mantra. She scratches an upset cow and tells her to settle down. The co...


New Zealand | 15 July 2013
Farm sales up around NZ

Farm sales are up, fuelled by interest in lifestyle blocks, with more than 1700 sold in the three months ended June, statistics released today show. The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)...


New Zealand | 4 July 2013
Drug protest at dairy

Protesters have been picketing the Belt Road dairy this morning, demanding it stops selling controversial synthetic cannabis. About 20 people are chanting and waving placards and signs reading "hu...


New Zealand | 4 July 2013
Dairy farmers 'unfairly pilloried'

Politicians, academics and the news media neglect urban pollution but highlight any dairy spills, Federated Farmers' dairy leader Willy Leferink says. Academics and politicians make "outrageous sou...