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Fonterra cuts production forecast and GDT volume

Fonterra is cutting almost 25,000 tonnes of whole milk powder (WMP) from its GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auctions for the next six months because it forecasts its milk collection will be 3.3% below last season’s.

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  • Dollar does the work

    Beef farmers might be the early beneficiaries of the big, sharp fall in the kiwi dollar over the last few weeks.

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  • Kill times show capacity need

    Killing times for cattle and lambs rather than how dry it is are the immediate concerns for sheep and beef farmers.

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  • Feilding sale January 30

    It was day closer to rain but the vendors of 6636 lambs could not wait and offered their lambs to the market at Feilding on Friday. There was no buying strength in the market but sale prices and were reasonably steady, with fewer passings made. The lambs were certainly showing the effects of the prolonged dry period and many were rather plain.

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  • Stortford Lodge 2-tooth and mixed age ewe fair, January 30

    Strong demand for good quality breeding ewes was evident at Stortford Lodge’s 2-tooth and mixed aged ewe fair on Friday. About 3500 head were penned with really strong interest in the better lines and especially in a capital stock flock of Romdale-Kelso ewes. The two top lines of 2-tooth ewes made $135 and $140.

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Wintering on the Motu River

Burnbrae Station, a sizeable breeding unit located five kilometres west of Matawai township – about halfway between Opotiki and Gisborne – is for sale.

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  • February 2015

    Dairy Beef Cream

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  • Benefits found in use

    Product innovation and technology breakthroughs are set to deliver some real results for farming and for New Zealand. However, the full benefits will only be realised when farmers start using them.

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  • Elanco finalises takeover

    Animal health and performance product company Elanco has finalised the acquisition of Novartis Animal Health.

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  • Water a clear advantage

    In the world of farming water is liquid gold and New Zealand is fortunate in having a plentiful supply of fresh water available for irrigation. While this abundance is rapidly being allocated for agricultural use, future efficiency gains will see ongoing increases in farm productivity.

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Editorial - Working together

I was lucky enough to spend a week in Bali at a family wedding recently – and I was struck by the power of collaboration – everywhere you look in that tiny country, people work together.

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  • Pick ‘n mix plants

    Selections of vegetable, herb and flower seedlings are Monique Ham’s perfect kind of pick’n mix. The green-fingered 20-year-old can be found without fail every Friday morning at the Feilding Farmers’ Market with her trays of seedlings for sale. Selling seedlings for 50 or 70 cents each can be a tough business, but Monique enjoys helping the keen gardeners who come along to her site. Her pick’n’mix selection is an ideal system for customers to get exactly what they want without having to waste produce, and is perfect for the small gardener.

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  • Got Branded at New Year?

    Chilly bin full of Speight’s, swags rolled up, Hilux loaded and boots on – the perfect start to a southern summer in New Zealand.

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  • Shear-marathon

    When Otago farmer James Hill learnt about fellow farmer Cole Wells’ mission to Shear For Life he knew it was something he wanted to get involved in.

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  • Students learning on the land

    Learning while still at school seems an obvious thing to do.

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Building better value

While 2014 ended shrouded in negative sentiment about the milk price crash, the dairy processing industry in New Zealand is looking through the gloom and is in the midst of its biggest ever investment cycle.

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