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World News: New Zealand
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...


New Zealand | 3 March 2014
Dairy pushes terms of trade to 40-year high

Booming world dairy prices and a rebound in production volumes are pushing New Zealand's terms of trade to their highest levels since 1973. Dairy export values jumped 27% in the December quarter, a...


New Zealand | 28 February 2014
New Zealand gathers pace as dairy farmers fuel trade

Record payments to dairy farmers and a China-led trade turnaround added to evidence New Zealand will outpace developed-world peers this year, cementing bets the central bank will raise interest rates ...


New Zealand | 27 February 2014
Caution urged after record dairy payout

A word of caution to dairy farmers following a record payout. Fonterra's Farmgate Milk Price is going up by 35 cents to $8.65 per kilo of milk solids. Federated Farmers spokesman Willy Leferink ...


New Zealand | 21 February 2014
Green outrage at cattle exposed to oil waste

The Green Party is outraged that a new report by the Taranaki Regional Council shows cattle in the region last year on paddocks that had oil industry waste recently spread on them. Greens energy sp...


New Zealand | 20 February 2014
Farmers buoyant after earnings boost

Farmers are welcoming a jump in predicted primary export returns. The Ministry for Primary Industries is forecasting the sector will earn $36.4 billion from exports in the year to June; nearly $5 b...


New Zealand | 18 February 2014
Farmers taking fight to an invisible threat

Steve and Sandra Parrott want to know what facial eczema costs their farming business. The disease has always been an issue on their 800ha sheep and beef farming operation west of Huntly, affecting...


New Zealand | 17 February 2014
“Massive” increase in land and livestock values

The sheep and beef sector has an “incredible” opportunity to realise on wealth most farmers don’t know they are sitting on. Mike Peterson, who is stepping down after 10 years with Beef+Lamb, says ...


New Zealand | 14 February 2014
High interest forces farmers off land

Farm lobby group says those 'set up to fail' may take class action against major banks. Aggressive lending practices by the major banks have forced 30 Northland farmers off their land in the past 1...


New Zealand | 10 February 2014
Seismic shift in global beef industry

The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change. The mega forces include a huge increase in demand from China, an ongoing decline in American ranching, and the proposed opening up of ...


New Zealand | 6 February 2014
Dairy staff complain to ensure fair pay

Dairy farm workers lodged 200 complaints against their employers from August 2012 to December 2013, including 13 from the Bay of Plenty. Figures released under the Official Information Act from the...


New Zealand | 4 February 2014
Wheat is not the enemy

Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated cereal grain. The demand for consumption is growing as countries adopt Western eating patterns. So what's all the talk behind cutting it out of our diets? D...


New Zealand | 29 January 2014
Cattle top NZ's most dangerous farm animal list

Cattle are New Zealand's most dangerous farm animals according to ACC. Figures obtained by Fairfax Media under the Official Information Act show that in 2013 there were 2262 cattle-related injuries...


New Zealand | 27 January 2014
Decline in dairy cow fertility may have halted

New dairy industry data indicates a long-term decline in dairy cow fertility may have been halted. It's an issue that's been challenging dairy scientists and farmers in New Zealand and overseas, be...


New Zealand | 16 January 2014
OIO assent to buy dairy farms

Large-scale farming business Craigmore Farming has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy two large dairy farms in North Otago. Both in the Waiareka Valley, inland from Oamaru, the pro...


New Zealand | 17 December 2013
NZ's dairy cattle population hits 6.6 million

New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers continue to grow with latest figures putting the head count at 6.6 million. Statistics New Zealand said today that the past year's increase continues a trend whic...


New Zealand | 16 December 2013
Hail stones break windows, destroy crops

A severe thunderstorm has swept across the Canterbury Plains, hurtling golf ball-sized hail stones through windows and destroying crops. A MetService spokesperson said the storm began mid-afternoon...


New Zealand | 16 December 2013
Dairy herd outpacing NZ population growth

There are now 1.5 dairy cattle for every New Zealander as the nation's dairy herd continues to grow faster than the human population. The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show the number ...


New Zealand | 16 December 2013
NZ's dairy cattle population hits 6.6 million

New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers continue to grow with latest figures putting the head count at 6.6 million. Statistics New Zealand said today that the past year's increase continues a trend whic...


New Zealand | 12 December 2013
NZ vows to improve dairy safety, trade

The New Zealand government pledged Wednesday it will strengthen regulation on dairy product safety and boost the number of staff to support trade with China. This follows an inquiry into a contami...


New Zealand | 11 December 2013
NZ vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare

The New Zealand government Wednesday pledged to tighten its food safe regime, despite claiming it is already one of the best in the world, in line with the recommendations in a report on August's fals...


New Zealand | 6 December 2013
Milk production high despite drought

Milk production fell just 1.6 per cent during the year despite the season being shortened by drought. The country's cows produced 1.66 billion kilograms of milksolids in the 2012-13 season, Livesto...


New Zealand | 6 December 2013
Farmers divided on Goff's farmland bill

Labour MP Phil Goff's private members bill which would make it tougher for foreigners to buy farmland has been described as a bit simplistic by a farming leader. Mr Goff's Overseas Investment (Owni...


New Zealand | 2 December 2013
Danone may take legal action over dairy recall

New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra said on Monday it may face legal action from France's Danone over the recall of infant formula containing a potentially contaminated Fonterra ingredient. In Augu...


New Zealand | 29 November 2013
NZ dairy leader sells farm for $25m to Italians

Dairy leader Willy Leferink and his wife are satisfied the Italian family who bought their Rakaia dairy farm through the Overseas Investment Office process for $25.1 million have the "right intentions...


New Zealand | 25 November 2013
Dairy workers plead for better treatment

A couple tell of going "from the frying pan to the fire" in the dairy industry, moving from long, hard days, unappreciated and sacked without warning to a job of 16-hour days and bullying. They are...


New Zealand | 21 November 2013
Dairy farming harming water

New Zealand's changing farming landscape is badly affecting water quality in the region, with it likely to continue deteriorating. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment today released ...


New Zealand | 18 November 2013
Over 1600 NZ farms sold in 12 months

Annual farm sales have topped 1600 for the first time in more than 4½ years, though the $24,590 median hectare price remains significantly below its peak. Real Estate Institute of New Zealand figur...


New Zealand | 18 November 2013
Angus farmers get lesson from NZ

Scottish angus breeder James Playfair-Hannay would like to take New Zealand bloodlines back with him to the home of the breed, after judging the angus fields in the cattle ring at the Canterbury A&P S...