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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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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  • Lorneville sale October 21

    A large yarding of prime cattle was presented at Lorneville on Tuesday with the market similar to last week, PGG Wrightson representatives reported.

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  • Kiwi rises on Federal Reserve concerns

    The New Zealand dollar gained overnight as the greenback declined on concerns the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) might tighten policy too aggressively after IBM earnings disappointed investors.

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  • Pukekohe sale October 18

    A near-capacity yarding of quality cattle sold well at Pukekohe on Saturday, with standing room only in the selling rostrum, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions 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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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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  • Wrightson can do better despite dairy doldrums

    Rural services company PGG Wrightson believes it can improve on last year’s trading result despite any impact from the forecast lower dairy payout, managing director Mark Dewdney told the annual meeting in Napier.

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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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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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