Aussies can gain China advantage on Kiwis

Australian meat exporters could get the jump on New Zealand rivals waiting for plants to be listed for trade with China if a long-awaited trade agreement between China and Australia is done this year.

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Pulpit - Environmental pressure threat to pasture farming

The publication of passionate articles extolling the virtues of a given system or company needs to be tempered with a dose of reality.

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Taihape sale April 16

There were 750 head of Angus/Hereford weaners on offer at the special weaner sale at Taihape on Wednesday. Average sale prices were about $200 better than the same sale last year, PGG Wrightson agent Maurice Stewart reported, and averaged $600 per head.

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  • Wool Report – April 24

    Increased demand and limited availability combined to lift the market at last week’s sale in Christchurch, New Zealand Wool Services International general manager John Dawson says.

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  • Dollar Watch – April 24

    The Reserve Bank warned again that the high New Zealand dollar is not sustainable but at least one of the big trading banks has upped its year-end currency forecast.

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  • Feilding sales April 23, 24

    The recent general rain throughout most of the North Island and a large entry of nearly two and a half thousand weaners attracted buyers from far and wide to Feilding’s weaner fair on Wednesday.

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  • Southern Cross Forest receiver to close sawmill

    The receiver for Southern Cross Forest Products plans to shut one of the failed wood processor’s sawmills and wind up the unprofitable Australian business as it continues to find a buyer.

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Awareness the key to sheep measles success

The prevalence of sheep measles in New Zealand has never been lower despite less money than ever being spent on control of the disease.

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  • Crop losses ‘in millions’

    Unprecented weather is proving a cropping farmer’s nightmare as Canterbury arable farmers face crop losses in the millions of dollars.

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  • Southern Cross Forest receiver to close sawmill

    The receiver for Southern Cross Forest Products plans to shut one of the failed wood processor’s sawmills and wind up the unprofitable Australian business as it continues to find a buyer.

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  • Search for top steak heats up

    Beef + Lamb New Zealand has announced the semi-finalists in its Steak of Origin competition which aims to find the most tender and tasty sirloin steak in NZ.

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  • Unfailing confidence despite setbacks

    Fonterra, New Zealand’s biggest company, is under the most scrutiny it ever has been and the questions keep coming for chairman John Wilson, who has been in the job less than 18 months. Andrea Fox asked a few more.

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From cooking steward to president

Mid Canterbury arable farmer Lynette Lovett, who began her interest in the Ashburton A&P Association almost 40 years ago, is in her first year as president. She talked to Annette Scott.

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New plant research to help combat crop disease

New research revealing how plant immune systems fight pathogens could help scientists prevent diseases such as the kiwifruit vine-killing Psa (Pseudomans syringae pv actinidiae) bacteria. 

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Poll - MIE past expenses

Should MIE be able to use B+LNZ funding to pay for past expenses?

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Help needed for battered Coasters

The damage from former cyclone Ita on the West Coast is more widespread than anything Katie Milne has seen.

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Fonterra beefs up its UHT capacity at Waitoa plant

Fonterra’s new $126 million UHT plant at Waitoa will double its capacity to more than 100m litres a year when its starts packaging commercial products this month.

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  • Growing case for water storage

    Local and central government can expect new pressure to assist onfarm water storage projects as drought bites hard in New Zealand’s dairying capital, Waikato, for the second year running.

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  • Shears champ targets world title

    Victory at the Golden Shears is the pinnacle of shearing achievement in New Zealand. Each year the title is hard fought, with everything left on the board. Rebecca Harper spoke to this year’s winner, Rowland Smith.

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  • Tepid demand at Hawarden fair

    The Friday of the Hawarden ewe fair was notable for buyers making fairly short-term choices in a market that wasn’t brimming with demand.

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  • Top man Cam

    Working hard and getting involved come naturally to Massey University ag science student Cameron Black from Southland.

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