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My Daily Digest: March 5, 2021

Dairy tops rural property sales The housing crisis being felt in cities and towns has yet to bite in the country, with farm sales dipping in recent years.

But things look to be turning around, with dairy farm sales leading the way.

Sellers appear ready to meet the market and that boosted sales in the second half of last year.

The high dairy prices will have helped, but some owners may also be eyeing impending regulations and deciding to call time.

Whatever the reason, it’s good to see some buoyancy back in the market. 

It’s also good to know there are new farm owners who’ve surveyed the scene and decided it’s an environment they want to be a part of.


Bryan Gibson


Dairy sector leads rural property turnaround

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Genetic gain facilitates lower cow numbers

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Experienced operators scarce as maize harvest cranks up

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Golden Shears cancellation disappoints

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Ongoing disruptions hit processors

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