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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 16 January 2015
Marlborough farmers resilient despite parched land

Continuing dry weather has not yet forced any drought management action on Marlborough farmers. No appreciable rain has fallen in the province since last April, followed by a cold, dry spring but, ...


New Zealand | 15 January 2015
Fears over suicide rates for Manawatu farmers

Concerns over the mental wellbeing of Manawatu farmers have been raised after several suicides in the past year following a drastically reduced dairy payout and ongoing dry weather throughout the coun...


New Zealand | 14 January 2015
Beef exports reach record highs

Beef and veal exports reached record highs in the months from October to December, both in value and tonnages. While sheep and mutton volumes dropped over the same period, their values also increas...


New Zealand | 8 January 2015
Dairy prices regain ground

Worried Canterbury farmers have taken some heart from a continued turnaround in dairy prices. Analysts say a drop in production across the country will help dairy returns rebound from a five-year l...


New Zealand | 8 January 2015
New Zealand sheep numbers fall to their lowest for 75 years

New Zealand has long been the butt of sheep jokes but latest figures show the nation’s woolly flock has slumped to its lowest number since World War II. The latest national livestock survey showed ...


New Zealand | 22 December 2014
Scientists breed cattle to thrive in tropics

LIC has started a breeding programme crossing the Senepol breed from the Caribbean with New Zealand Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle. The programme came about, ironically, from scientists' investigat...


New Zealand | 19 December 2014
Dairy farmers warned of possible New Zealand/EU trade deal

Concerns have been voiced for the Irish dairy farmers as New Zealand pushes for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by Sean Kelly MEP for Ireland south. Kelly, who is Ireland’s only member of ...


New Zealand | 19 December 2014
Help on offer for depressed farmers

Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope. That is the advice Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant offers farmers feeling the pressure following the fall in payout this season. Farming was an isolated...


New Zealand | 18 December 2014
Gladstone dairy robbed at gunpoint

Robbers have targeted an Invercargill dairy for the second time in 10 days. Two masked offenders, armed with a pistol, demanded cigarettes and cash from a worker at the Gladstone Night 'n Day dairy...


New Zealand | 11 December 2014
Small towns face dairy payout pain

The payout has fallen below $5 to $4.70 per kilogram of milksolids - down from $5.30/kg. It's the third time Fonterra has lowered its farmgate milk price since the opening forecast for the 2014/15 ...


New Zealand | 9 December 2014
NZ government, Fonterra ill-prepared for 2013 dairy recall

A New Zealand inquiry into a food safety scare involving the Fonterra dairy co-operative has found that both the government and the world's largest dairy exporter were unprepared to deal with a 2013 g...


New Zealand | 8 December 2014
NZ will reduce farming emissions - Key

New Zealand is prepared to find a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its agriculture sector Prime Minister John Key says, as climate talks get under way in Peru. Climate Change Minister Ti...


New Zealand | 4 December 2014
Fears rise of longer dairy slump

Concern is mounting that the slump in dairy prices could last until next season, hurting the New Zealand economy and putting farmers under financial pressure. Attention has begun turning to next s...


New Zealand | 3 December 2014
Southland's go-to dairying man gone fishing

Russell Winter says it cheerfully. He spends his working day standing around talking a load of s..t. By his own count he has 800-odd friends there in Southland. "There's only one tragic part abo...


New Zealand | 3 December 2014
El Nino limits water for New Zealand farmers

New Zealand farmers are facing summer water restrictions in some regions as an El Nino weather pattern develops, hitting dairy farmers already feeling the effects of plunging milk prices. An El Nin...


New Zealand | 2 December 2014
Falling dairy prices drive down New Zealand's terms of trade

New Zealand's merchandise terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the quarter to the end of September, dragged down by plunging international dairy prices, the government statistics agency said Monday. ...


New Zealand | 1 December 2014
New Zealand to make some moo-lah from Chinese dairy agreements

Chinese president Xi Jinping was able to craft 25 agreements with New Zealand during his recent visit to the country, four being solely related to the dairy business. This signals New Zealand's status...


New Zealand | 1 December 2014
Beef boom partly offsets dairy dive

Diving dairy prices have pulled New Zealand's terms of trade off a 40-year high, statistics released today show. But export beef prices hitting their highest levels in 12 years helped limit the imp...


New Zealand | 28 November 2014
Cattle prices ease at Canterbury sales

Top prime steers made more than $2000 a head as cattle prices eased at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park this week. Prime steers made $2.65 a kilogram to $2.90/kg with a top price of ...


New Zealand | 26 November 2014
Drought insurance in peas and oats

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season. It is a crop used more commonly in the lower South Island for baleage. He says it...


New Zealand | 24 November 2014
Dairy deal latest in Chinese investment

Chinese dairy giant Yili's plan to spend a further $400 million on developments at its South Canterbury processing site has capped a flurry of investment announcements coinciding with the visit of Chi...


New Zealand | 24 November 2014
Cattle disease confirmed in south

The dairy industry organisation Dairy NZ is warning South Island farmers to be on the lookout for the cattle disease Theileria Ikeda because it has now become established there. The Ministry for Pr...


New Zealand | 20 November 2014
Dairy price slump makes surplus a challenge

New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English said slumping commodity prices will reduce economic output and curb tax revenue, making it more difficult for the government to deliver a budget surplus this ...


New Zealand | 17 November 2014
Dairy farmers miss out on guaranteed price

Some dairy farmers will be kicking themselves for not signing up to Fonterra's guaranteed milk price scheme, which is paying out $7 a kilogram of milk solids for this season. Under the scheme, only...


New Zealand | 17 November 2014
Fonterra waits for China dairy rebound

Fonterra is confident demand for dairy products in China will rebound sooner rather than later. Chief executive Theo Spierings said China's recent stockpiling of dairy products was not surprising a...


New Zealand | 13 November 2014
World events hampering milk forecast

A farmer shareholder criticised the co-operative's marketing strategy at its annual meeting yesterday and questioned how it could set an opening milk price forecast for the season of $7 per kilo of mi...


New Zealand | 13 November 2014
Fears for dairy farms unless payout improves

There are concerns that an increasing number of dairy farmers will struggle to meet their loan repayments unless the forecast milk payout improves. The Reserve Bank says risks to the dairy sector h...


New Zealand | 12 November 2014
New Zealand dairy puts Canada’s protectionist system under scrutiny

Stephen Harper begins a second Pacific Rim trip this month in New Zealand, a natural ally on nearly every topic except for Canada’s heavily sheltered dairy industry, where the small country that’s bee...


New Zealand | 10 November 2014
Farm cadets could be back

The much-mourned Farm Cadet Scheme could be on the way back in response to farmer demand for a higher- quality, better-trained workforce. New Primary Industry Training Organisation chief executive ...


New Zealand | 5 November 2014
Prices stabilise in latest dairy auction

International dairy prices showed signs of stabilising at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, with the GDT price index easing by just 0.3 per cent from the last sale in mid October. The ...