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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 24 June 2013
Chopper visits snow-stranded farmers

Civil Defence authorities sent a helicopter into Central Otago today to check on families who have been isolated for four days by heavy snow. The helicopter attempted to land at all farms in the Mo...


New Zealand | 24 June 2013
Farmers say flooding was avoidable

A jet ski is the best way to get around one Motukarara dairy farm. As result of last week's rain, the entire property is now underwater. Down the road, Winston Vanderspek's cattle farm used border ...


New Zealand | 19 June 2013
'Massive gains' by NZ sheep farmers

New Zealand's sheep farmers should take a bow. Collectively they have received a well-earned pat on the back from industry leaders for their outstanding improvement in productivity in the last 25 year...


New Zealand | 18 June 2013
Prices soar for elite cattle

The recent Royal Presentation sale saw a new benchmark set for elite dairy cattle prices in New Zealand. Held at Clover-Lane farm in Pencarrow Rd, the sale of 58 holstein-friesian and jersey yearli...


New Zealand | 11 June 2013
Family makes itself a big power in farming

Fieldays will be in a really good mood this year, reckons Brett Maber. The 36-year-old scion of the Maber family whose name is synonymous with Morrinsville and the New Zealand tractor industry, is ...


New Zealand | 7 June 2013
Wairarapa dairy robbed with machete

Police are seeking two men who robbed a Masterton dairy armed with a machete. The two men robbed the Lincoln Rd dairy about 6pm on Monday, stealing money from the till. The machete-wielding man ...


New Zealand | 4 June 2013
New agriculture vehicle regulations

New rules for agricultural vehicles came into force on June 1 with rural contractors – and farmers –being encouraged to familiarise themselves with these changes. Rural Contractors New Zealand – th...


New Zealand | 3 June 2013
Drought recovery: Agriculture in 2025

The world's population is increasing rapidly - estimates show that by 2025 it could be near eight billion - an increase of 14 per cent from today. Feeding these people will require agricultural sys...


New Zealand | 29 May 2013
Dairy development helping environment

A controversial dairying development near Omarama is leading the way with its environmental practices. It is still early days but the structure, fertility, health and depth of Little Ben dairy farm...


New Zealand | 29 May 2013
Farmers face depression, anxiety over winter

The drought might be over, but the battle is not yet won. Recent rain has brought relief for New Zealand sheep and cattle farmers but while grass is starting to grow and fields are beginning to gre...


New Zealand | 27 May 2013
Protest over genetically modified crops

Hundreds of people marched down Riccarton Rd and obstructed traffic to protest against genetically modified crops. The protests in Christchurch are part of nationwide and international marches agai...


New Zealand | 23 May 2013
Farmers relieved as Chinese meat embargo ends

Federated Farmers says it is hugely relieved meat exports will be allowed back into China after an administrative error led to shipments being left at the border. Meat exports have been blocked fro...


New Zealand | 22 May 2013
NZ farmers seek trade relations with China after export delays

The head of New Zealand's farm industry body said Wednesday that farmers are hoping to get the trade relationship with China running smoothly again after meat exports were held up on Chinese wharves b...


New Zealand | 17 May 2013
Customers reassured NZ milk is safe

The Ministry of Primary Industries has moved to reassure overseas consumers that New Zealand milk is safe after a Sri Lankan government minister warned it could be contaminated with radioactive chemic...


New Zealand | 13 May 2013
Agriculture extravaganza in Feilding

Feilding's Manfeild Park has become a sort of one stop shop for beef and sheep farmers this week. Three farmer events that have been running for years in Manawatu are being rolled into a single fou...


New Zealand | 8 May 2013
Massey agriculture ranked 21st in world

Massey University's agriculture programme has been rated among the world's best - coming in at 21, according to a major rankings company. The QS World University Rankings evaluates about 600 univer...


New Zealand | 23 April 2013
Concerns For Sheep and Beef Farmer Viability

Half of New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers are worried about their ongoing viability as the impact of drought and a sharp fall in lamb prices over the past year take their toll, the latest quarterly...


New Zealand | 22 April 2013
Algae and fish farm link prospects on global science agenda

Some of the best scientific minds in the world will this week focus on exploring any potential link between harmful algal blooms and fish farms. The issue has been put on the agenda of an internati...


New Zealand | 19 April 2013
NZ given voice on world farming body

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills has been appointed to the board of a group which represents farmers from more than 50 countries. Wills will step onto the World Farmers' Organisation board a...


New Zealand | 19 April 2013
Breakthrough at World Farming meeting in Japan

New Zealand farming representatives say a significant trade breakthrough has been achieved at a World Farming Organisations' meeting in Japan. Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills says a trade p...


New Zealand | 9 April 2013
Delay in slaughter of TB-infected cattle

Dairy cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis are still on Taranaki farms waiting for slaughter because there is no space for them at the freezing works. TB has been found in three dairy herds nea...


New Zealand | 9 April 2013
Big dry shows risk of investing in agriculture

Capital growth has always been an important factor in successful dairy farm investment, but it would be unwise for investors to assume land prices always go up. The drought ravaging many parts of t...


New Zealand | 8 April 2013
New TB flare-up in dairy herds

Taranaki is experiencing an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in dairy herds. New TB infections have just been found in three Taranaki dairy herds, two months after the disease was found in a dairy h...


New Zealand | 8 April 2013
Cattle to be slaughtered over TB outbreak

The infected animals in four herds of cattle are set to be slaughtered, in an attempt to get rid of an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in Taranaki. Three herds near Ingelwood, and one close to Opun...


New Zealand | 5 April 2013
Dairy trade feels heat of New Zealand drought

In today's increasingly globalized dairy industry, events halfway around the world can profoundly impact U.S. milk producers and dairy processors. That is why the U.S. dairy industry is closely watchi...


New Zealand | 4 April 2013
Dairy farmer slapped with $40k fine

A Northland dairy farmer is "flabbergasted" by the $40,000 he's been fined for polluting a stream. But the region's environment watchdog says the damage from an effluent spill justifies the penalty...


New Zealand | 28 March 2013
Milk rout ending on worst NZ drought in 30 years

Milk futures are poised to end their longest slump since 2008 in Chicago as drought reduces production in New Zealand, the largest exporter, forcing China and other buyers to import more from the U.S....


New Zealand | 27 March 2013
NZ rain boosts confidence

Rain last week made farmers feel better. But the follow-up rain they were hoping for this week is not likely to happen. The next rain forecast for the region is Easter Monday. Many farmers have ...


New Zealand | 21 March 2013
China food fears raise potential for NZ

China's long-running food-safety scares and milk powder contamination problems have increased demand for reliable overseas supplies, creating sound investment opportunities for New Zealand's agricultu...


New Zealand | 20 March 2013
Dairy prices soar but gloom ahead

Westpac is warning that the country's milk production could drop for the first time in five years if drought conditions in the North Island continue. The bank's agri-economist, Nathan Penny, said m...