WFO has Kiwi 2IC

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been elected vice president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) while attending its general assembly in Milan.

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From the ridge – A duty of care for each other

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

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Shareholder body supports Fonterra review

The body representing Fonterra shareholders is supporting a review of all aspects of the co-operative’s business but says it was not prompted by the dairy sector’s current difficulties.

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  • Balclutha sale July 1

    There was a smaller but better quality line-up of prime lambs at Balclutha on Wednesday, Barry Osborne of PGG Wrightson reported. All sold well with reasonable demand present.

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  • Tinwald sale June 30

    Prime lambs and ewes sold at similar levels to last week at Tinwald on Tuesday with the market holding on a smaller yarding. Local plants are due to shut down this week for holidays which will likely influence the market.

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  • Rangiuru sale June 30

    Prime ox traded up to $3.07/kgLW at Rangiuru on Tuesday, as the continuing trend for quality cattle was evident. R3 steers and R2 heifers also produced good returns, and yearling steers and heifers made good money as well. Boner cow numbers were down but they still made more than $2/kgLW.

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  • Lorneville sale June 30

    A small yarding of prime cattle sold on a good market at Lorneville on Tuesday.

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Keeping positive despite the odds

This year’s South Island Dairy Event saw about 500 attend the three-day conference at Lincoln University.

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Herd of art?

Photographer Sarah Brook was in Morrinsville recently for the launch of the Herd of Cows initiative. 

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  • Better Budgeting

    Farm budgeting doesn’t need to be something that takes all day in the office, says Figured’s Sophie Stanley.

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  • Irish Ambassador at Fieldays

    The Irish ambassador to New Zealand and Australia, Noel White told NZX Agri’s Hannah Lynch that 17 Irish companies come to Mystery Creek for the Fieldays every year.

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  • Pub club respite for farmers

    As the impact of drought bores deeper, a group of 40 North Canterbury farmers joined a pub club event this week at Hawarden aimed at boosting morale for the drought-stricken farmers.

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  • Townie helps out

    Christchurch businessman Grant Silvester launched a campaign earlier this month to help get feed to North Canterbury farms.

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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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Support pledged for flood affected farmers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event.

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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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