‘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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Pulpit – Industry still in farmers’ hands

It has been an absolute luxury to listen, watch and consume the debate across a wide range of media over the past week following the release of the Meat Industry Excellence Pathways to Long-Term Sustainability document, particularly as I can do so from the thinking fields of my own farm but with the institutional knowledge I have from working in the industry for 34 years. 

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Kiwi slumps as GDT prices fall

The New Zealand dollar fell after dairy product prices dropped 8.8% in the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, on concern weaker prices for the country’s largest commodity export could dent future economic growth.

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  • Stratford sale March 24

    At the Stratford dairy sale on Tuesday, empty Friesian cows made $725-$1175, Friesian-cross, $690-$1250, Jersey, $600-$770, crossbred, $700-$850.

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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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  • Matawhero sale March 27

    For local farmers who could feed longer term lambs there was some very sound buying among the 3368 lambs penned in the yarding of 3862 sheep at Matawhero on Friday.

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Log prices up as Chinese inventories fall

New Zealand export log prices rose to a nine-month high in January as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand and local returns were bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs.

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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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Poll - 2015-16 Fonterra payout

What do you think Fonterra’s 2015-16 payout will be?

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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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Champ takes another record

Sixteen times world champion shearer David Fagan showed a vocal and supportive Cheltenham speed shear crowd he can shear a single sheep in 20.4 seconds recently to win the event.

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