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Studying the hill country for better results

Studying the hill country for better results

An $8 million hill country research programme will assist farmers to make better decisions around pasture forage plantings. The study,…

Fonterra’s Q3 delivers despite disruption

Fonterra’s Q3 delivers despite disruption

Fonterra is bringing the 2022 season to a close with good financial results despite dealing with multiple disruptive events across multiple markets. Announcing the third-quarter results, chief executive Miles Hurrell…
Taking succession planning by the horns

Taking succession planning by the horns

Generational farming families are at the heart of New Zealand’s primary sector, but putting a succession plan in place is often the can kicked down the road when it should…
Drinking water proposal hard to swallow

Drinking water proposal hard to swallow

Proposed changes to the National Environment Standards (NES) for drinking are set to sting farmers the worst, according to Federated Farmers. The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is proposing to…

Meat board to fund genetics programme

The New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) has confirmed funding to back a genetics programme set to boost beef sector profits by $460 million. Following consultation with farmers, the board confirmed…

A wet and woolly piece of work

“Steve, can you get your sheep in tomorrow for shearing the following day?” asked Neil, my contractor. Given the squally weather and that scanning was approaching, I’d been waiting for…



Studying the hill country for better results

Studying the hill country for better results

An $8 million hill country research programme will assist farmers to make better decisions around pasture forage plantings. The study,…

Be mindful of M bovis this Moving Day

Farmers are being urged to review their biosecurity practices while moving their animals on Moving Day.  M bovis programme director Simon Andrew says good planning and communication will help ensure…

Record opening forecast for new dairy season

Continued demand combined with constrained supply has prompted Fonterra to set an opening forecast of $8.25-$9.75/kg milk solids for the 2022-23 season. Its midpoint range of $9/kg MS is the…

Fruit volumes sliced in harvest

Two of the country’s most significant horticultural crops have been caught out with lower than expected harvests, leaving the industry and growers short of millions in anticipated income. The apple…



Fonterra’s Q3 delivers despite disruption

Fonterra’s Q3 delivers despite disruption

Fonterra is bringing the 2022 season to a close with good financial results despite dealing with multiple disruptive events across…

World Bank: NZ carbon prices may need to double

A World Bank report suggests New Zealand’s carbon price may have to double if it’s to achieve the emissions reductions it’s agreed to under the Paris Agreement. The study –…

A perfect storm for cull dairy cows

The Temuka sale yards is the home of cull dairy cows and it was packed to capacity this week, as a record yarding of nearly 1200 head were penned. Despite…

Bull sale average prices increasing

Kincardine Angus near Queenstown had a spectacular bull sale with a top price of $81,000 paid for Kincardine Rainstorme R25, a son of US bull Basin Rainmaker. He is in…

Drinking water proposal hard to swallow

Drinking water proposal hard to swallow

Proposed changes to the National Environment Standards (NES) for drinking are set to sting farmers the worst, according to Federated…

NZ joins regional economic framework

Trade experts remain sceptical about what, if anything, the new Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) can offer New Zealand food exporters. The IPEF was first proposed by United States President…

Emissions policy risks decorating with natives

Forestry has rivalled agriculture for a portion of the emissions reduction plan funding, with the sector given more than $300 million in the next four years. More than $250m is…

Reset leaves same labour issues

The Government’s immigration reset will have minimal impact on the labour-short primary sector, observers say. Vets are the only primary sector jobs included in the newly-created green list of 85…



Meat board to fund genetics programme

Meat board to fund genetics programme

The New Zealand Meat Board (NZMB) has confirmed funding to back a genetics programme set to boost beef sector profits…

Farm phones to dial up new tech

A need to replace ageing telecommunications equipment will alter telephone services for many rural households, but only if fibre is available. The public-switched telephone network (PSTN), owned by Chorus but…

Sharpening minds with nutrient combos

While overseeing Fonterra’s large Asia-Pacific division, Judith Swales acknowledges Fonterra’s latest consumer wellness project is also something of a pet one for her that extends back over many years.  A…

Assurance programme gaining steam

New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP) member business registrations have more than doubled over the past year. More than 8000 farm businesses are now signed up to the programme together…

Taking succession planning by the horns

Taking succession planning by the horns

Generational farming families are at the heart of New Zealand’s primary sector, but putting a succession plan in place is…

Building a life in the wool shed

Prior to his appointment as national manager, Mullins had spent plenty of time at the sharp end of shearing, both as a career shearer and more recently training new recruits…

Blue Sky Meats looks to invest in capex

Noted Auckland lawyer Mai Chen has joined the board of Southern Lamb Investments following its takeover of Southland-based Blue Sky Meats Ltd. Southern Lamb Investments (SLI), jointly owned by Scott…

Alliance Group seeks applications for associate director programme

Alliance Group shareholders are being offered the chance to gain boardroom experience with applications now open for the co-operative’s associate director programme.  Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart says the role…



A wet and woolly piece of work

A wet and woolly piece of work

“Steve, can you get your sheep in tomorrow for shearing the following day?” asked Neil, my contractor. Given the squally…

Cost of production is surging

They say a chart represents a thousand words. One of the defining trends across New Zealand has been rising terms of trade, or the ratio of export prices to import…

Anzco rounds out good year

Anzco’s best ever financial year signals the healthy state of the meat industry’s processing and export sector, as well as confirming the benefit of the company’s restructure under 100% Japanese…

Beauty in land and sky

It had been a little while since I’d had time off-farm so as I drove through the mighty Manawatū last week, I was looking forward to a couple of days…

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