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‘It can only get better’

Nothing too flash or expansive for farmers came out of Fonterra’s half-yearly report, dairy farmer Chris Ford says.

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  • New world opens up for European dairy farmers

    European dairy farmers will wake up to a different world on April 1.

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  • Feilding sale March 27

    It was another staggeringly large entry of lambs at Feilding on Friday with 21,000 lambs and just as noticeable was the state of the majority of the yarding with most of the lambs showing the signs of the long dry conditions they have endured and the quality of the feed they have had.

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  • Canterbury Park sale March 24

    The prime lamb sale remained on a par with last week at Canterbury Park on Tuesday, PGG Wrightson representatives reported. Heavy lambs made $115-$120 with a top price of $124. Good lambs made $100-$113, medium $90-$100 and lighter types fetched $80-$90.

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  • Claim Europe set to outstrip NZ

    Dairy farmers must get used to milk price swings even worse than this year’s collapse, according to a leading analyst.

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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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Getting to know each other

The interview is probably the most important conversation you will ever have with a potential employer or employee. It is your first chance to make a great first impression and to determine whether that person is the person you want to enter an employment relationship with and work with onfarm. The interview is about giving and gathering key information. Most importantly, it’s about quantifying information; the skills, attributes, attitudes and working conditions needed by each party to assess if the job will be the right fit. Being prepared for an interview is critical. 

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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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