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Economists expect Fonterra to lower forecast

Economists say they are not in the business of second-guessing Fonterra directors, but it will be surprising if the milk price forecast doesn’t take a hit this week when the dairy heavyweight announces its annual results.

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Contract tailing in demand

Demand for contract tailing in the Otago region is increasing because there are fewer casual farm workers around, contractors say.

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  • Beeting the costs

    Figure3 Reducing establishment costs while increasing crop yield were the two prime objectives of a fodder beet trial in Manawatu over the 2013-14 growing season.

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  • Livestock rocket fuel

    Rocket-fuel characteristics and cost-effectiveness are rapidly sending fodder beet’s popularity into orbit as the most exciting supplement to hit the New Zealand livestock industry for many years.

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  • Push for more Scottish deer farms

    Scotland needs 400 more deer farms to meet venison demand over the next 10 years.

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  • Opportunities for strong wool

    Strong wool has qualities that engineered fibre can never compete with, and in the right hands wool sales can thrive.

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The Kaipara Kid

David Kidd had a lot riding on this year’s ANZ Young Farmer contest. He spent hours studying theory and practical tasks in-between his full-time job managing a 550ha beef farming operation. His dedication paid off. David won the northern regional competition and proceeded to the Young Farmer Grand Final in Christchurch where he became the first northern competitor to win the national title. He spoke with Sheryl Brown.

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  • Showing off pays dividends

    Canterbury woman Georgia Davies is urging young New Zealanders to get involved in A&P Shows after winning a Lady Diana Isaac Scholarship at last year’s Canterbury show.

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  • New beef ambassador keen to pass on knowledge

    Twenty-eight-year-old James Bryan is this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand beef industry ambassador at the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the United States.

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  • Horsey tales

    The equine industry can be a hard one to crack, but for four young women who have, it has been a rewarding career path. They spoke to Rebecca Harper.

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  • Reaching out

    Massey University student Monique Mathis broadened her horizons and started blogging on an exchange in Canada. Now she’s promoting the exchange experience as a great opportunity for all agricultural students. Rebecca Harper reports.

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Mix and maximise

Stock sales can hold the boat steady for dairy farmers when the milk price is low. Inseminating rising heifers for excess replacements or breeding valuable dairy-beef calves to sell into the market can provide a sizable pay cheque to boost profits. Waikato farmers Ross and Tracey Laing told *Sheryl Brown* how they maximise their Holstein-Friesian herd by breeding more than half the cows to Hereford bulls.

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  • Westland: Increase in milk production drives additional rail services for Hokitika

    Westland Milk Products has reached an agreement with KiwiRail for an additional daily rail service between Christchurch and Hokitika to meet the dairy company’s increasing freight needs.

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  • CWT Assists with 959 metric tons of Cheese and Whole Milk Powder Export Sales

    ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Michigan Milk Producers Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 692,252 pounds (314 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese and 1.422 million pounds (645 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. The product will be delivered September 2014 through March 2015.

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  • USDA: Weekly National Product Sales report - September 17, 2014

    Butter prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $2.78 per pound for the week ending September 13, 2014. The United States (US) price per pound increased 2.9 cents from the previous week. 

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  • Weekly EU Market Update - Week 38, 2014

    The EU markets are fairly active at the moment and have been since about two weeks. The main factors behind this  have been an ongoing favorable good Dollar- Euro parity which makes EU one of the more competitive origins vs global demand plus the speculations that EU operators have secured a sizable part of the Onil tender.

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