Japan to reduce beef tariffs

Japan looks set to extend its offer to the United States to slash tariffs on imported beef in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks to New Zealand.

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Alternative view – Following the trade winds

I recently wrote a Farmers Weekly column on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and received a lot of feedback on it. Most of it was on the implications of the TPP on our trade with China.

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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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  • Lorneville sale August 4

    A medium yarding of prime cattle, mainly cows, sold on a firm note at Lorneville on Tuesday. Dairy heifers, 300-370kg, made $1.60-$1.70/kgLW. Good cows, 480-600kg, traded at $180-$1.92/kgLW, medium, 450-480kg, $1.70-$1.80kg, light, 400-450kg, $1.50-$1.65/kgLW.

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  • Pukekohe sale August 1

    The cattle market strengthened again at Pukekohe on Saturday August 1, with killable cattle selling exceptionally well. Steers sold to $2110, heifers $1740 and cows $1450. The cattle schedule has risen sharply over the last few weeks because of the anticipated shortage of killable cattle, and this will continue for some time.

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  • Feilding sale August 3

    With the hogget fair coming this Wednesday, hogget entries on Monday were about 1000 head fewer than last week. Numbers are definitely dropping away. Buyer ranks were missing some faces but prices were steady overall. Some local ram breeders are selling cull ram hoggets now and these brought the highest prices of $133-$135 although they were much heavier than any others in the yarding. Other small lines made the $130 levels and, the lighter local trade-suitable hoggets made the higher cents/kg levels.

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  • NZ dollar jumps higher after weak US employment cost data

    The New Zealand dollar jumped higher after weak data on United States employment costs prompted traders to pull back expectations for US interest rate hikes.

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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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  • Big future seen for Muslim markets

    Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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  • Wool exports at decade high

    New Zealand wool exports jumped to their highest level in more than a decade in June, aided by a lower currency and strong demand from China, the nation's largest market.

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  • TPP can’t wait for Canadian election, PM says

    The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations needs to occur before the October 19 Canadian federal elections, Prime Minister John Key says. He is tipping the likelihood of a further negotiating round "in the next two or three weeks" after last week's talks in Hawaii failed to land agreement on the contentious trade and investment pact.

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  • Six DairyNZ spots up for election

    Nominations open this week for farmer-elected directors on the board of DairyNZ, with one spot vacated by long-serving chairman John Luxton, who is standing down from the industry body.

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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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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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