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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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  • Synlait cuts milk price from $5 to $4.40/kg MS

    Synlait Milk is now forecasting a milk payout of $4.40kg/MS to suppliers for this season, down from the original $5 forecast.

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  • What do the farmers say?

    With drought, volatile commodity prices and a long queue for killing space our reporter *Annette Scott* asked farmers at last week’s Temuka two-tooth sale how they are faring.

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  • Meaty matters – Shows must satisfy new public

    The 148th Warkworth A&P Show was held on the Saturday of Auckland Anniversary weekend on a very warm day with no fear of rain, which at least alleviated the committee’s first concern.

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  • New features for farmers

    I had a wander around Manfeild last week at the New Zealand Dairy Event, where some of the top dairy breeders were on show. It’s a big event, and it was great to be there for the junior competitions, where young people showed off their best animals. It was sometimes difficult to tell who was leading who, though even the youngest handlers showed great mastery of their large charges.

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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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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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Plenty of tractors for Bay business

Agtek, the New Zealand distributor of Landini, McCormick and Goldoni tractors, has a new dealership representing their tractors and equipment in the Bay of Plenty region.

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  • Heads up

    Farmers who already feel overworked and stressed could be triggered by this season’s low forecast milk price towards depression, a breakdown, divorce, or all of the above, DairyNZ wellness and wellbeing programme leader Dana Carver says.

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  • Network boosts confidence

    Tuatapere dairy farmer Jo Sanford says going to the 2007 Dairy Women’s Network conference in Invercargill changed her life.

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  • Dairy Diary February 2015

    *February 19* – The first focus day of the year for the Lincoln University Dairy Farm runs from 10.15am to 1pm. The next focus day will be held on May 7. Visit www.siddc.org.nz for details and more information on the dairy farm.

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  • Time to pick up the reins

    A 530-cow farm and runoff near Reefton on the West Coast is for sale at $5.95 million and available as a going concern for a new owner to pick up the reins and carry on the business.

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