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Big future seen for Muslim markets

Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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  • Masterton weaner sales March 31, April 1

    At the Masterton and Martinborough weaner cattle fair this week, about 3250 head were sold on Tuesday and Wednesday. Many lines were showing the signs of dry conditions this season, with a lot of younger and only medium type calves on offer this year, Chris McBride of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Yoghurt fails to run smoothly

    Despite all Fonterra’s efforts in Australia it remains a market that needs further remedies “to turn it around”, chief financial officer Lukas Paravicini says.

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  • Frustrated farmer dumps dung

    Robert Borst is done with talking to the Otago Regional Council over the impact of its water plan on his north Otago dairy farm so he reinforced that message by dumping a load of cow manure outside its Dunedin offices.

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  • Value of Chinese dairy stock revised down

    Livestock revaluations and feed costs for dairy heifers and calves not yet producing milk drove the first published results for Fonterra’s grandly named International Farming (IF) division into the red.

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Just the ticket

In part two of a series looking at different pathways to farm ownership Anne Calcinai looks at the leasing and contracting routes. Pathway to farm ownership

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  • Going FAR for farmers

    It is 20 years this week since formal practical research was initiated for the New Zealand arable industry.

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  • April 2015

    Winners - Lucy and Rob Thorneycroft's Award Winning Farm Business in Northern Wairarapa

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  • Flock functionality

    Commercial farmers believe breeding ewes need to be functionally sound if they’re to maintain their profitability in New Zealand’s mainly hill-country environments.

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  • Stacking the numbers up

    The beef market has been fascinating over the past six months. This time last year New Zealand farmers thought their dreams would come true if the beef schedule reached $5.00/kg, never thinking it would exceed $6.00/kg. 

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Capturing the image of farming

Animal rights groups often use emotive images that are outdated or factually incorrect when they try to drum up anti-farming support from the public, like the recent PETA campaign about how wearing wool kills sheep. American agricultural student Katie Knapp talked to *Hugh Stringleman* about how the urban perception of farming differs from the reality.

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Paparoa pastures of plenty

A 202-hectare farm at Paparoa in Northland has a full complement of modern infrastructure from its conversion a few years ago and a price tag of $3.595 million that makes it affordable as well.

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