Past haunts levy vote

Wool levy champion Sandra Faulkner is saddened some valuable industry-good projects won’t be funded after farmers failed to support the cause in great enough numbers.

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  • Agriculture student of the year a standout performer

    Monique Mathis, a third-year bachelor of agricommerce student was crowned Massey University agriculture student of the year in Palmerston North last Friday.

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  • Fonterra board elections under way

    Elections are under way for three positions on Fonterra’s board of directors, and for the shareholders’ councillor elections in four of the country’s wards. 

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  • Dollar watch – October 20

    The New Zealand dollar gained against the Japanese yen as improved United States economic data bolstered sentiment on global growth, and prompted investors to reduce holdings of safe haven currencies such as the yen.

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  • Aquila and MyFarm seek capital for fund

    Germany's Aquila Capital and New Zealand farm investment company MyFarm are seeking up to $100 million from wholesale investors for a trust that will provide secondary mortgages to farmers.

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Pulpit - It’s time for farmer efficiency

Albert Einstein’s wise words “The most important thing is not to ever stop questioning how to do things better” align perfectly with the business of farming.

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Kaikohe sale October 15

About 650 head were yarded in a mixed offering of store cattle at Kaikohe on Wednesday and again quality cattle sold exceptionally well. Overall the sale was strong despite the mixed yarding, Vaughan Vujcich of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Manfeild Park calf sale October 20

    There was only a very small entry of 70 calves at Manfeild Park on Monday as the season winds down.

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  • Feilding sale October 20

    There was a big reduction in the prime hogget entry at Feilding on Monday, slightly compensated for by a rise in the ewe entry. New season’s lambs are not coming forward in any numbers, which is putting some pressure on those who still have to supply sheep to the works, and that pressure was reflected in fully firm sale prices for hoggets. Medium hoggets lifted in price and heavyweight male hoggets remained strong.

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  • Aquila and MyFarm seek capital for fund

    Germany's Aquila Capital and New Zealand farm investment company MyFarm are seeking up to $100 million from wholesale investors for a trust that will provide secondary mortgages to farmers.

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  • Feilding sale October 17

    Sheep numbers are approaching seasonally low numbers at Feilding with little change likely until the spring lambs arrive in bulk. The highlight of Friday’s sale was the entry of 600 mixed-sex new season’s lambs. These freshly weaned blackface lambs attracted a full rail of mostly observers and were a credit to the vendor, selling from $113.50 down to $86 for the lightest cut. They are lambs that will weigh as good as they look and should grow on well. Maybe this year the lamb schedule will hold longer with more twins in the drop.

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Palm kernel prices fall with milk

The price of palm kernel has dived along with the milk price forecast, with predictions the cost of the imported feed supplement could fall further and stay low for another year.

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  • Don’t be afraid

    Young herd-owning sharemilkers need to get over the rush of excitement at being offered a job and knuckle down to negotiating a sustainable, realistic contract, Waikato dairy industry group leaders say.

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  • Not enough detail

    Though the wool levy vote went against its promoters, industry participants say there is room for greater co-operation common good. Alan Williams spoke to them after the event to see where they go now.

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  • Beef beats milk

    Beef farmers - for the first time in 23 years this is your time to shine against your dairy colleagues for earning grunt per kilogram of product.

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  • Hunt in packs

    Sustainability in the broadest sense is the watchword for newly elected DairyNZ director Jim van der Poel.

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How to cater for smart shoppers

Latest research on six key developing and mature markets for New Zealand food products has highlighted greater consumer sophistication in some than Kiwi exporters often appreciate.

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Poll - Wool levy vote

The wool levy result means:

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West Coast gets rain relief

Welcome rain has eased the stress for West Coast farmers.

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  • We made drought more intense

    Climate change is making a difference to New Zealand and there evidence humans left a distinctive footprint on last year’s North Island drought.

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  • Emergency checklist

    How would you feed your stock if an unexpected snowfall blanketed the farm for a week?

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  • Lessons learnt from windstorm that hammered Canterbury

    A year ago a devastating windstorm wreaked havoc in Canterbury. Wind gusts up to 140km/h blew cars off roads, cut power to more than 40,000 homes and hit rural communities hard with fencing, farm sheds and machinery among the casualties. For many farmers the immediate concern was damage to irrigators. This article looks at what happened and what was learnt.

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  • Another expensive claims year

    This year is likely to be one of the most expensive for weather-related insurance claims but has not reached last year’s total of $175 million.

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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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