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New planning guide for dairy conversions

Farmers contemplating a land-use conversion to dairying can get a new online environmental “how-to” planning guide to help ensure any new farm meets the industry’s standards.

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  • McCook hangs up his pest sword

    The nemesis for millions of possums is stepping down from his post as king of eradication but his furred foe can be assured there will be little respite on his departure.

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  • Caution not panic in kill plans

    Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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  • Warning to cut losses

    No relief is in sight for Canterbury’s parched farmland, prompting a warning to farmers to act now if they are to cope with the drought.

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  • Feilding sales January 22, 23

    There was only a small yarding of about 3500 lambs at Feilding on Friday. The market continued from last week’s values with most lambs traded within the $1.90-$2.10/kgLW range and most vendors seemed happy enough with the prices attained.

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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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  • New planning guide for dairy conversions

    Farmers contemplating a land-use conversion to dairying can get a new online environmental “how-to” planning guide to help ensure any new farm meets the industry’s standards.

    Read more…

  • Arla Foods Ingredients to offer lactose on GDT

    GlobalDairyTrade (GDT), the world’s leading online dairy auction platform, announced today that Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) will offer food grade lactose on the platform. AFI, a global leader in producing natural whey ingredients, is an independently-operated subsidiary of Arla Foods, a leading European dairy co-operative, and GDT registered seller. GDT director Paul Grave said Arla Food Ingredients will offer a significant volume of lactose to the platform. “AFI’s offering of lactose on GDT reflects an increasing trend for European producers to seek export out of Europe, and to extend their reach to the global market, as they expand production.” “The quantity of AFI’s lactose will deepen liquidity of the product group and the auction will set the market-based benchmark price for lactose. We are confident in the global demand for lactose, and expect a high level of interest from across our network of over 650 registered buyers.” “We continue to innovate and grow the platform for international trade in a broad range of dairy commodities,” said Grave. Lactose is commonly used in the food and confectionary industries, since it has a low sweetness, binds flavours and aromas and increases storage life. It is used in preparing baked goods, and also within the pharmaceutical industry, giving the commodity appeal across a wide range of buyers.

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  • WEEKLY EU MARKET UPDATE - WEEK 03

    The markets are extremely quiet with little activity whilst prices moved up a bit on the back of the weak Euro vs US$ making EU product first port of call for export demand, especially for SMP.

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