Tradition ties agents to job

There has been a raft of changes in the livestock agency industry in the more than 50 years Fred Fowler and John Honeybone have been working in Canterbury saleyards but one feature stays the same.

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  • PGW predicts improved earnings

    PGG Wrightson remains on track to improve full-year earnings as it goes into the end of its interim trading period.

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  • Graduate pulling his weight

    Self-proclaimed Jack of all trades and master of none, 26-year-old Alastair Neville is a prime example of a man who loves being involved and lending a hand wherever possible.

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  • Oil price cuts to help dairy

    ASB Bank economists have trimmed their milk price forecast for next season to $6/kg milksolids (MS) despite an outlook that includes economic growth in China and rising dairy demand.

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  • Editorial - Unsung heroes, we salute you

    A typical issue of Farmers Weekly will usually feature faces familiar to most farmers. They are the newsmakers: the chief executives, the advocates, the politicians and the spokespeople who often shape the news.

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Reap what they sow

Pig farmer Steve Sterne is proud to admit he runs a profitable business in what is a very tough industry. With an annual turnover of $25 million and a return on capital of up to 20% in a good year, Patoa Farms is very much a success story in a sector that has, in recent years, been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

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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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  • Fighting the good fight

    The reality of a biosecurity breach hit home to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry when the Psa bacteria were first found in 2010. Psa has since wiped out the industry’s kingpin variety Gold Hort16A and cost the industry an estimated $900 million. Sheryl Brown caught up with biosecurity analyst Matt Dyck who is working to prevent another biosecurity disaster for the kiwifruit industry. 

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  • Sniffing out biosecurity risks

    Preventing pests and diseases from becoming established in New Zealand is a big job. Detector dogs are one of the key biosecurity tools working to protect NZ’s borders and every year finding tens of thousands of agricultural quarantine items coming into the country.  Young Country’s Sheryl Brown caught up with Sarah Carley and her beagle, Bounty, who has his nose on the job. She also chatted to Anna Rathé about her work in pest prevention.

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  • Animal Photography

    Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, photographer Ross Nolly gives his advice on how to capture your animals on camera. Don’t be afraid, ewe will find taking good pictures is not a cow of a job as this no-bull guide proves as we steer you in the right direction. If you ram home these instructions and doggedly go at it your photos won’t be turkeys.

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  • The best C.V. and job advert

    In the New Year people start thinking about changing jobs and employers are thinking of employing new staff if they have vacancies. Agripeople human resources consultant Racquel Cleaver gives some tips for creating a clear, concise and relevant curriculum vitae (CV) and a vacancy advert that attracts the right kind of applicant for the job.

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Crazy move pays off

Making key business decisions can sometimes involve big sacrifices to get ahead. Husband and wife team Hamish and Katie Flett took on one sharemilking job each and lived apart for a year, juggling the farms, staff and their three young daughters. They wouldn’t recommend it to everybody, but it helped them increase their equity and jump up the ladder faster. They told *Sheryl Brown* about the commitment it takes to progress in the dairy industry.

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  • PGW predicts improved earnings

    PGG Wrightson remains on track to improve full-year earnings as it goes into the end of its interim trading period.

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  • New pathways for ownership goals

    While the number of traditional 50:50 sharemilking jobs continues to decline new hybrid structures are on the increase as young farmers still tread the pathway to farm ownership.

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  • Eyes on the prize

    Progressing to farm ownership is never easy, but Taranaki couple Greg and Amanda Bland have a plan. They told *Erin Hutchinson* they’re on the road to their goals, with a combination of careful planning and a keen eye for an opportunity.

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  • Reflecting on ten years of service

    Tafi Manjala finished as DairyNZ’s Northland regional leader at the end of last month. Here he reflects on his time working with dairy farmers.

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