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New Zealand | 16 December 2015
Dairy prices continue to rebound, but gain less than expected

Global dairy prices continued to stabilise but rose less than the market anticipated in the last auction for the year. The benchmark GlobalDairy Trade (GDT) price index rose 1.9 percent to $2,458 ...


New Zealand | 16 December 2015
Forces combine to create horrible year for farmers

Without wanting to be too gloomy, I'm quoting Taranaki Rural Support Trust (TRST) co-ordinator Marcia Paurini who said 2015 has been an "annus horribilis" for many Taranaki farmers. Weather, econom...


New Zealand | 16 December 2015
Farmers reminded about Christmas toll of children dying on farms

The sad toll of eight children dying on farms over the summer holidays is being used as a reminder for farmers to keep them safe this Christmas. Of the 23 children aged between one and 15 who have ...


New Zealand | 15 December 2015
Number of dairy cattle falls for first time in a decade

The number of dairy cattle has dropped for the first time in a decade according to provisional figures from Statistics New Zealand's 2015 Agricultural Production Survey. Latest figures show a total...


New Zealand | 14 December 2015
Farmers dodge climate costs

New Zealand farmers appear to have won a reprieve from any rapid movement to make them pay for the cost of their greenhouse gas emissions. At the climate change talks in Paris, United Nations (UN) ...


New Zealand | 10 December 2015
Fonterra maintains milk payout on outlook for world dairy

Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd., the world’s largest dairy exporter, maintained its forecast milk payout to New Zealand farmers, saying it was confident that “unsustainably low” global prices would co...


New Zealand | 9 December 2015
Sheep drift from dry South Island tests mental health of farmers

Sheep drift to greener pastures is picking up pace as an El Nino summer takes its toll on east coast farmers in the South Island. Farmers are looking to move their stock as the hot and dry weather ...


New Zealand | 8 December 2015
Research to see if grassfed beef leads to healthier hearts

The possibility that grass-fed red meat could help reduce heart disease is to be explored by AgResearch and Hawke's Bay company Firstlight Foods, in a project awarded a share of a $7 million research ...


New Zealand | 7 December 2015
Business programme for women farmers expanded

The Agri-Women's Development Trust started the programme - Understanding Your Farming Business - last year to improve performance and profitability of farms. The trust's executive director Lindy Ne...


New Zealand | 7 December 2015
'New Zealand dairy contaminated with cruelty'

Federated Farmers dairy industry chairman Andrew Hoggard says he is disappointed that a SAFE advertisement in the UK aims at smearing the NZ dairy industry. "Pretty disappointed that they target th...


New Zealand | 4 December 2015
Govt to build Saudi businessman abattoir

The government is about to spend more than $2.5 million of taxpayers' money building an abattoir for a disaffected Saudi businessman. The kit-set abattoir is part of the Government's $12m attempt t...


New Zealand | 3 December 2015
Chinese demand for New Zealand dairy heifers falls

Chinese demand for dairy heifers is falling, with prices dropping by 30 per cent. At its peak a year ago exporters were sending 64,728 heifers and other breeding cattle to China for a return of $14...


New Zealand | 2 December 2015
South Island farmers face feed crisis

Federated Farmers South Canterbury meat and fibre chair Miles Anderson said they were hoping to organise farm share arrangements in the North Island, because of a lack of feed in southern regions. ...


New Zealand | 2 December 2015
Pig hunters threaten farmers' livelihoods in North Taranaki

The owner of a remote North Taranaki station who killed a wild boar found it "chock-full of lambs" when he cut it open. Aren Roche and fellow Rerekapa Station owner Hamish Lawn say wild pigs are fe...


New Zealand | 1 December 2015
John Key commits $20 million to help reduce agriculture emissions

Prime Minister John Key has committed $20 million to find a fix for farmers to reduce emissions from agriculture. Key is in Paris at the UN Climate Change Conference and acknowledged that half of N...


New Zealand | 30 November 2015
Farmers keen on decent weather after June floods

Torrential rain and flooding hit parts of the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Rangitikei regions in late June, causing millions of dollars worth of damage to both flat and hill country farms. Bee...


New Zealand | 30 November 2015
Bobby calf abuse footage investigated by NZ ministry

Footage of cruel and violent abuse of newborn male calves in the dairy industry is being investigated by the Ministry for Primary Industries. In the investigation by Farmwatch and welfare organisat...


New Zealand | 30 November 2015
Online tractor scams catching out unfortunate farmers

Tractor scams are catching out Kiwi farmers who are writing off deposits after farm machinery was never delivered or who have forked out for expensive cleaning bills for dirty machinery. The Tracto...


New Zealand | 27 November 2015
Dairy farmers pitch in together for tough season

Culverden sharemilker Matt Hamilton likes the idea he can easily ring up a dairy farmer for advice when the going gets tough or be able to bounce ideas off someone else. Not so long ago he was scra...


New Zealand | 27 November 2015
Dairy supply down as farmers react

Low product prices and bad weather have taken a toll on milk production. According to data from the Dairy Companies Association of NZ, national production fell 2.7 per cent in the peak producing mo...


New Zealand | 25 November 2015
Agriculture left out of emissions review

Opposition parties argued the sector must be included because it was responsible for about half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. Passed into law by the former Labour-led government, the E...


New Zealand | 24 November 2015
Fonterra: Most farmers shut off stock from waterways

Fonterra says farmers which supply it with milk have shut off their cows from 98 per cent of the country's "defined" rivers, wetlands and lakes. The total area fenced off amounts to twice the lengt...


New Zealand | 23 November 2015
Livestock antibiotics to be replaced with vaccines by 2030

That growth was among the findings in a new report by the Veterinary Association, which shows the antibiotic era was coming to an end because of a growing resistance to them. A consultant for the A...


New Zealand | 23 November 2015
Kiwi dairy rivals deaf to low price signals

New Zealand dairy farmers' pay packets continue to be thin because overseas farmers haven't yet received the price signal to cut milk production on the back of a market glut and low demand, says Rabob...


New Zealand | 19 November 2015
Dairy prices tipped to recover mid-2016

Rabobank global dairy strategist Tim Hunt said milk production around the world needed to ease and excess stock needed to clear before demand for dairy would pick up again. Mr Hunt is based in New ...


New Zealand | 19 November 2015
NZ dairy farm market beats fears provoked by China snub

The price of dairy farms in New Zealand rebounded, led by a sale which achieved more than $42,000 per hectare, and despite the uncertainty injected by the rejection of a Chinese acquisition. Dairy ...


New Zealand | 18 November 2015
Global dairy prices fall for third consecutive auction

Nov 18 Global dairy prices fell for the third consecutive auction, adding to pressure on New Zealand farmers and to the chance that the central bank could cut interest rates at its meeting next month....


New Zealand | 17 November 2015
Fonterra foresees dairy price revival ahead

Fonterra, the world's top milk exporter, backed ideas of a revival in dairy values ahead - but the forecast did little to prevent a further drop in futures, leading to expectations of a price retreat ...


New Zealand | 17 November 2015
Farmers hungry for rural governance tips

Manawatu farmers got first-hand knowledge of how to govern their operations at the first rural governance course by the Institute of Directors in Manawatu. About 25 people including farm owners and...


New Zealand | 16 November 2015
Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra has lifted its predicted available payout

Dairy co-operative Fonterra's boosted the forecast available payout range for this season by 5c and is indicating the dividend might be in the 35c-40c range - giving a potential total payout to farmer...