Doubts over WTO's future after deal collapses

Trade Minister Tim Groser says the collapse of a landmark deal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) poses fundamental questions about the body’s future role in international trade.

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Good feel about wool now

Wool prices have risen and the market outlook is positive but the debate won’t be about that much this year.

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Pulpit - A realistic alternative to the dam

From reading articles in your June 30 edition and Hawke’s Bay newspapers, it seems Ruataniwha Dam is seen as the all-encompassing solution to Central Hawke’s Bay’s economic woes. 

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Good crowds mustered at dog sales

Farmers were rounded up for two dog sales last week that showed man’s best friend is still the best machine on the land.

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  • Feilding sale August 1

    It was extraordinarily mild for the first day of August for the Feilding sale on Friday, but there were some developing concerns from the local farmers about the dry state of their paddocks.

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  • Dollar Watch – August 1

    Mostly good economic data out of the United States should lead to a turning soon by Federal Reserve leaders in their approach to interest rates, pushing the kiwi dollar lower.

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  • Matawhero sale August 1

    A very small sale of fewer than 1000 lambs out of a total yarding of 1266 sheep at Matawhero on Friday did not disturb the region’s economy. Values for lambs eased at little unexpectedly as the region has been experiencing fine weather, but many flat-land farmers are now short of grass and are considering putting the plough in the ground soon.

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  • Coalgate sale July 31

    The warm weather was a brisk reminder of spring and certainly sparked some confidence amongst buyers at Coalgate on Thursday, Rowan Sandford of Hazlett Rural reported.

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High sheep meat prices here to stay

The days of cheap sheep meat are over and are unlikely to return, British farmer and marketing consultant Richard Brown has told the New Zealand industry.

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  • Van der Poel stepping down

    Fonterra director Jim van der Poel will stand down in November, after 12 years of service.

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  • Young ambassador wanted for US trip

    A young ambassador to represent New Zealand is being sought to attend the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and future leaders programme in the United States in October.

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  • Latest price threatens break-even

    Dairy farmers got an early awakening to a milk-price hangover when Fonterra and Westland cut their forecast prices substantially, even though the season has only just started.

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  • Milk price might go lower

    Conflict in Ukraine and bumper United States grain stocks are among potential roadblocks to what the dairy industry hopes will be a short-term slump in the milk price forecast.

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Tom’s driving passion to buy his dream farm

Tom Menefy is a young man on a mission to invest in a small sheep-and-beef farm with his father by next year.

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Study to look at wind damage on irrigators

Canterbury irrigators are urged to tell their story after last year’s devastating spring winds, which upturned 800 irrigators, leaving a multi-million dollar trail of destruction.

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Poll - Sheep sector resurrection

The resurrection of the sheep sector will:

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Work starts on Northland flood clean-up

Task Force Green work teams will begin clearing up this week after prolonged storms and floods in Northland.

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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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  • 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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  • Kidd takes crown

    David Kidd was crowned ANZ Young Farmer champion in Christchurch on Saturday.

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  • High inputs and robots

    Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene farm looks set to become home to a 60ha robotic dairy farm and a 100ha high-input dairy unit with a housing facility.

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