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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  • Equine industry fourth to sign GIA

    Equine industries have signed an agreement with the Government aimed at maximising the health protection and welfare of all horses in New Zealand. 

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  • Kiwi at three-year low

    The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest point in more than three years as investors sold euros and bought United States dollars, weakening other currencies against the greenback.

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  • McCook hangs up his pest sword

    The nemesis for millions of possums is stepping down from his post as king of eradication but his furred foe can be assured there will be little respite on his departure.

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  • Warning to cut losses

    No relief is in sight for Canterbury’s parched farmland, prompting a warning to farmers to act now if they are to cope with the drought.

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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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  • Feilding sale January 26

    The lack of works space weighed heavily on the prime sale at Feilding on Monday but schedules and sale prices have fallen to the extent that many vendors were not willing to risk the sale and lamb and sheep entries were very low. Reduced entries did not stop sale prices falling.

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  • Feilding sales January 22, 23

    There was only a small yarding of about 3500 lambs at Feilding on Friday. The market continued from last week’s values with most lambs traded within the $1.90-$2.10/kgLW range and most vendors seemed happy enough with the prices attained.

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  • Matawhero sale January 23

    Only 248 sheep could be mustered for Friday’s sale at Matawhero, half of which were in the prime section, and 119 store lambs all from one property.

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  • Investor uncertainty keeps kiwi on hold

    The New Zealand dollar held at a key two-and-a-half year low as investors mull whether the currency is a good bet because of its high yield or whether it is risky bet given concern about slowing global growth.

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Dry ground putting brakes on milk

Milk production, especially in the major milk regions of Waikato and Canterbury, has fallen this month.

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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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Poll - Livestock theft

Have you ever had livestock stolen?

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Summer cocktail turns out dry

No rain coupled with high temperatures, wind, and low humidity are proving the perfect drought cocktail creating a drier than normal summer in much of the South Island.

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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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Detour on career path pays off

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

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