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Pulpit – History repeats as farmers pay the price

Early New Year lamb prices must surely ram home the need for reform of meat processing co-ops and the industry.

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  • Equine industry fourth to sign GIA

    Equine industries have signed an agreement with the Government aimed at maximising the health protection and welfare of all horses in New Zealand. 

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  • Feilding sale January 26

    The lack of works space weighed heavily on the prime sale at Feilding on Monday but schedules and sale prices have fallen to the extent that many vendors were not willing to risk the sale and lamb and sheep entries were very low. Reduced entries did not stop sale prices falling.

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  • No quick fix available to cure wool industry

    I agree with Allan Barber in his opinion piece, *Wool Trade Still at Crossroads*, (Farmer’s Weekly, January 19) that there is alignment between the meat and wool industries.

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  • GE-free madness to kill us all?

    GE-Free New Zealand president Claire Bleakley inferred in her Pulpit piece that GE corn is held to be responsible for a number of women, at least six, along the Mexico-Texas border giving birth to babies with anencephaly or no brain in 1988.

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Good governance

When PricewaterhouseCoopers was called in to Silver Fern Farms (SFF) last year it was billed as a review.

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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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  • Development Duo

    If you think converting a farm to dairying is a big project (and it definitely is) spare a thought for Hannah Bruce and Fraser Haywood who have to get their heads around converting 25,000ha of pine forest into a variety of pastoral farming units – with 39 dairy farms and two dairy support operations in the mix. Jackie Harrigan visited the pair at Landcorp Farming headquarters, Taupo, to get an update on the Wairakei Pastoral vision and development.

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  • Motocross 101 – Ben Townley

    Ben Townley made his name in motocross around the world, and now back on his own block of land in the Bay of Plenty he has developed a new style of cross – speedcross. Designed for farmland, lifestyle blocks or an empty lot, Paul Savage talked to BT about the new form of racing which combines motocross, supercross and speedway racing.

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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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  • Think big

    James Matheson fell into dairy farming through sport but has found he no longer dreams of professional rugby as he says there is much more long-term potential in dairy farming. Being a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer awards last year has made him think about the potential in Maori agriculture and to want a piece of the action.

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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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