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New Zealand | 23 February 2017
Dairy prices fall, after New Zealand market got ahead of itself

Milk prices at the Global Dairy Trade auction fell, under pressure from ample global supplies, and cooling demand from China. The Global Dairy Trade index, which tracks prices at the bi-monthly auc...


New Zealand | 20 February 2017
Merino farmers find success in hard times

Awatere Valley merino farmer Simon Harvey was once told by his father, John, a former sawmiller, "do the simple things well, and you are half way there." Harvey, with wife Lynda and son Tom, recent...


New Zealand | 20 February 2017
Kiwi company launches new heat tolerant dairy genetics

Bull semen that produces dairy cows capable of performing in tropical countries has been released by Waikato company Dairy Solutionz. The three bulls from the new Kiwipole breed - Slick Pathos, Sli...


New Zealand | 15 February 2017
Ingham's sees New Zealand's chicken oversupply persisting

Ingham's Group expects New Zealand's oversupply of chicken to continue this year, keeping prices cheap and crimping the trans-Tasman poultry producer's local earnings. The Sydney-based company's Ki...


New Zealand | 14 February 2017
New Zealand's dirty dairy

New Zealand is proud of its share of worldwide dairy export; it has 6 million of the world’s 271 million dairy cows, which is substantial given that the human population is only 4.5 million. The g...


New Zealand | 10 February 2017
Dairy volatility offers tax options

The 2017 National Standard Cost (NSC) value for livestock have now been released. Advisory firm Crowe Horwath says ongoing volatility in the dairy cattle market presents both opportunity and risk i...


New Zealand | 2 February 2017
New dairy awards chairman wants more farmers to prosper in industry

A dairy farmer near Woodville is the new chairman of the Dairy Industry Awards Trust. Ben Allomes​ and his wife Nicky are past winners of the awards, having won the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Y...


New Zealand | 30 January 2017
Lifestyle and family come first now for Linkwater dairy farmer

Marlborough Sounds dairy farmer Nigel Morrison has a bucket list of interests he wants to enjoy as he winds down from a lifetime of working 16 hour days. Fishing and travelling, with wife Chris, ar...


New Zealand | 30 January 2017
Low farming profits, hard work and keeping conflict to a minimum

If it was easy to be in business then everybody would be in business. The same applies to farming. New Zealand farming is, for the most part, a fragile and volatile business because of low profitab...


New Zealand | 27 January 2017
5000 NZ dairy cows heading to China on Saudi businessman's ship

More than 5000 New Zealand dairy cows are due to be shipped to China by a Saudi businessman, amid complaints from an animal welfare group and opposition politicians. But livestock agent Peter Walsh...


New Zealand | 18 January 2017
Confidence low for NZ southern sheep and beef farmers

The lowest farmer confidence in the sheep and beef sector has been recorded in the southern South Island. The latest quarterly report, commissioned by Beef + Lamb New Zealand, showed "a tale of two...


New Zealand | 16 January 2017
DairyNZ's grass-fed policy could be adding to our nitrate woes

The grass-fed dairy system advocated by DairyNZ is the cause of New Zealand's nitrate pollution problem and this could be alleviated if dairy cows were fed a more balanced diet, claims South Canterbur...


New Zealand | 16 January 2017
NZ dairy price rebound pushes grocery bill higher in 2016

Vegetable prices dropped for the fourth month in a row in December, but resurgent dairy prices pushed the cost of food up in 2016. Figures from Statistics New Zealand released on Monday showed that...


New Zealand | 11 January 2017
This Kiwi farming mum's in charge

One of the first things Hawke's Bay farmer Caroline Smith does when she stops for a cup of tea after drafting cull ewes is to breastfeed baby Clara. She juggles looking after a young family and far...


New Zealand | 10 January 2017
Ways for NZ dairy farmers to avoid environmental backlash

A well known dairy farmer asked me what they can do to reach out with the industry's critics and better highlight the work done to better its environmental record. The plea, I believe, came out of ...


New Zealand | 9 January 2017
NZ Farming volunteers heed call to help quake-affected Marlborough farmers

An army of volunteers is about to descend on southern Marlborough to help take the burden off farmers battling in the wake of the earthquake. The earthquake ripped up farms along the east coast, tr...


New Zealand | 4 January 2017
Dairy prices make soft start to 2017 amid supply boost

International milk prices posted their largest fall in three months in the year's first auction held early Wednesday, dragged down by a sharp drop in whole milk powder prices as an expected rally fail...


New Zealand | 4 January 2017
Whistling up kiwi all in a night's work for a farmer

Even though he grew up on the farm that has been in his family for five generations, Chris Rickard and his siblings weren't encouraged to go farming after tough times in the 1980s that brought New Zea...


New Zealand | 26 December 2016
Armed man robs dairy on Christmas night

An armed man brandishing a machete and wearing a bandana robbed a South Island dairy on Christmas night. The aggravated robbery happened just before 10.30pm yesterday at the Night and Day dairy in ...


New Zealand | 21 December 2016
NZ farmers' confidence in beef and lamb drops

A new report shows that farmers' confidence in the Beef and Lamb sector has dipped 11 percent down to 32 percent in the past four months, driven by uncertainty in sheep meat markets. Statistics New...


New Zealand | 21 December 2016
World dairy prices trimmed at GlobalDairyTrade auction

As the futures market predicted earlier this week, world dairy prices have flat lined following the overnight global dairy auction. Nevertheless, after a year when prices for whole milk powder (WM...


New Zealand | 20 December 2016
NZ dollar falls to six-month low ahead of dairy auction

The New Zealand dollar dropped to a new six-month low ahead of tonight night's dairy auction, which may see prices little changed, as traders became more risk averse in subdued pre-Christmas trading. ...


New Zealand | 19 December 2016
New Zealand dairy farmers, 'second class citizens,' in Australian dairy assistance program

New Zealand dairy farmers who have been farming in Australia for more than a decade say they are struggling to survive with no access to the Federal Government's industry assistance. This year, dai...


New Zealand | 15 December 2016
$200 million dairy factory proposed for Otorohanga

A $200 million dairy factory is proposed for a King Country town, creating 50 to 60 jobs. Otorohanga District Council has accepted a resource consent application from Happy Valley Milk Ltd (HVM) to...


New Zealand | 14 December 2016
NZ dairy revival likely to lift export returns and counteract meat and wool decline

Agriculture's volatility isn't letting up but the revival of dairy from two low payout years appears to be making up for declining meat and wool returns. The overall brighter outlook based on the d...


New Zealand | 12 December 2016
Northland dairy farmers optimistic of a good payout

An announcement on the revised forecast farmgate milk price is imminent and Northland dairy farmers hope the figure is in the mid- to high $6 per kilogram this week's global dairy auction. Wholemil...


New Zealand | 5 December 2016
Livestock company employees pay $105,000 fines

Four current or former employees of PGG Wrightson and one former employee of Elders Rural Holdings Limited have been ordered to pay $105,000 worth of penalties for their roles in a price fixing agreem...


New Zealand | 1 December 2016
NZ on road to becoming the Detroit of agriculture

A colleague a mine, Ben Reid, tweeted the other day that New Zealand is in danger of fast becoming the "Detroit of Agriculture" – a rustbelt left behind after production has moved elsewhere. Unfortuna...


New Zealand | 30 November 2016
Beware: Milk price fundamentals remain weak

Fonterra's recent upgraded estimate of $6 per kg milksolids (fat plus protein) for the 2016-17 milk price has been welcomed by everyone in the industry. Given that it is only six months since Fonterra...


New Zealand | 28 November 2016
Milk price welcome boost for the farmer

DairyNZ has welcomed the increased forecast milk price announced recently as a boost to dairy farmers as well as the regional and national economies. The increase of 75 cents brings Fonterra's 2016...