Co-operation at a strategic level

There could be downstream as well as upstream benefits to Fonterra’s $615 million deal with Chinese infant food manufacturer Beingmate, starting at the onfarm level in that country.

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  • Bee Aware month is here

    September is Bee Aware Month and the National Beekeepers Association is urging all Kiwis to promote and protect the New Zealand bee population.

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  • New beef ambassador keen to pass on knowledge

    Twenty-eight-year-old James Bryan is this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand beef industry ambassador at the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the United States.

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  • LIC changes take effect

    Changes to LIC’s constitution approved by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy bring the establishment of a new dairy industry database a step closer.

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  • Fungi might add to forestry’s fortunes

    Scientists could open up new opportunities for the forestry industry following recent research into the cultivation and commercialisation of two edible fungi crops, saffron milk cap and Bianchetto truffle.

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Pulpit - Wool wonderful but levy dumb

What has wool done to deserve having the old and failed idea of compulsion visited on it – again?

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Wellsford sales August 25, 26

With plenty of sunshine and an All Black win, buyers of store cattle were in good spirits at Wellsford on Monday, helping the market achieve good values, Grant Pallister of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Stratford dairy sale September 2

    At the Stratford dairy sale on Tuesday, in-milk Friesian cows made $725-$2300, Jersey $1300.

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  • Lorneville sale September 2

    A small yarding of prime cattle sold on a similar market to last week at Lorneville on Tuesday. Medium prime steers, 400-450kg, made $1.90-$2.10/kgLW. Good heifers, 400-425kg, fetched $2-$2.22/kgLW. The yarding of medium cows, 500kg, returned $1.44/kgLW.

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  • Coalgate sale August 28

    The weather dealt Canterbury farmers a good hand in the past fortnight, with a good run of warmer fine days resulting in some late winter grass growth, Rowan Sandford of Hazlett Rural reported. Stock performance has lifted, with plenty of winter trade lambs being finished off. This was evident at Coalgate last Wednesday with close to 2200 quality prime lambs falling under the hammer.

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  • Little change for dollar

    The New Zealand dollar was little changed along with other major currencies as weak manufacturing PMI data from China to Europe had traders looking ahead to manufacturing figures from the United States tonight.

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PWC to take 5% buy-in to WEL

Primary Wool Co-operative (PWC) is to take a 5% shareholding in Wool Equities Ltd (WEL) in a move which they believe could be a start of consolidation of the industry.

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Farm given for nation’s future

Benefactors Jim and Diana Howard and their family have left a legacy for the future of sheep and beef farming and the economy with the establishment of their historic Westoe property as a training and demonstration farm.

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Milk cheque to fill cancer fund

A small snip off the monthly milk cheque may help New Zealand scientists advance breast cancer research faster and further in coming years.

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Poll - Beingmate deal

Fonterra’s deal with Beingmate is:

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Farmers ready for storm

Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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Bilodeau bows out

Ballance’s departing chief executive chuckles at the frustration the “extra L” in his company’s brand name causes journalists’ spell-checking efforts, but is proud about what the brand has become under his 14-year tenure.

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  • Farmers ready for storm

    Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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  • Glenham Monsters win the 2014 TeenAg race-off

    The 2014 winners of the 2014 TeenAg contest named themselves The Glenham Monsters but in reality were two really practical farm boys from a small college in Central Southland.

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  • Video: Arable farmer fantasy

    Not so long ago the thought of a machine that maps soil texture and organic matter while carrying out instant soil pH tests was the stuff of arable farmer fantasy.

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  • Video: How to survive calving

    DairyNZ says it has had a phenomenal response from farm owners and workers to its calving preparation workshops around the country.

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