Fonterra cuts production forecast and GDT volume

Fonterra is cutting almost 25,000 tonnes of whole milk powder (WMP) from its GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auctions for the next six months because it forecasts its milk collection will be 3.3% below last season’s.

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Pulpit – History repeats as farmers pay the price

Early New Year lamb prices must surely ram home the need for reform of meat processing co-ops and the industry.

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Matawhero ewe fair January 7

The 10,600-head ewe fair held at Matawhero on Wednesday kicked off the ewe sales for 2015.

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  • Dollar does the work

    Beef farmers might be the early beneficiaries of the big, sharp fall in the kiwi dollar over the last few weeks.

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  • Feilding sale January 30

    It was day closer to rain but the vendors of 6636 lambs could not wait and offered their lambs to the market at Feilding on Friday. There was no buying strength in the market but sale prices and were reasonably steady, with fewer passings made. The lambs were certainly showing the effects of the prolonged dry period and many were rather plain.

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  • Stortford Lodge 2-tooth and mixed age ewe fair, January 30

    Strong demand for good quality breeding ewes was evident at Stortford Lodge’s 2-tooth and mixed aged ewe fair on Friday. About 3500 head were penned with really strong interest in the better lines and especially in a capital stock flock of Romdale-Kelso ewes. The two top lines of 2-tooth ewes made $135 and $140.

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  • Matawhero sale January 30

    A decent entry of 3566 store lambs provided good opportunity to a good bench of local farmers at Matawhero on Friday. The yarding offered various sizes and quality to suit most buyers who, while bidding freely, showed restraint even though the district had a good rainfall during the week.

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Log prices up as Chinese inventories fall

New Zealand export log prices rose to a nine-month high in January as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand and local returns were bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs.

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Collaborative ironman in charge

Doing a half-ironman event and running a marathon wasn’t pain enough for Dean Hamilton. So he took on running Silver Fern Farms (SFF), the biggest business in perhaps New Zealand’s toughest industry. He spoke to *Alan Williams*.

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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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Quiz - January 30

opinel Take part in our weekly quiz and be in the draw to win an 'Opinel Knife', valued at $30.00.

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Poll - Climate change

Have you done anything to prepare for climate change?

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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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  • More water, less ice for plains

    As parts of Canterbury swelter under near drought conditions, longer term research indicates the challenge for Canterbury farmers might be how to store more water rather than not having enough of it.

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  • Guy visits dry south

    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says dry conditions in the South Island are concerning but he will not declare drought yet.

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  • Soils dry but feed plentiful

    Soils are drying out fast around the country, but above the ground it’s a different story, with grass and feed supplies looking good in many parts of the country, DairyNZ says

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  • Time for tough calls

    South Canterbury farmers expect their region to be declared a drought zone before the end of the month, unless rain falls.

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Detour on career path pays off

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life.

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