Red-meat farmers gaining in confidence

Indications about 84% of sheep and beef farmers are planning to spend on pasture renewal are thought to be on the high side but experts say that’s what the level should be, given the potentially very high returns on investment.

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Skills key to future success

Sharemilkers will always be among us but the future pathway to farm ownership will be through the classroom, sector veterans say.

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Pulpit - Farmers must drive industry changes

For farmers to let the meat companies buy, process, and market our meat seems to be a conflict of interest.

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Stortford Lodge sale July 23

The continuing bitterly cold southerly weather did not deter buyers wanting shorter term cattle for the local trade scene later in the year at Stortford Lodge on Wednesday. Meatier, well conditioned lots, especially R2 heifers, were in demand. A good sized entry of yearling steers was a shade neglected and represented very good buying.

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  • Feilding sale July 25

    Fewer than 8000 lambs must have startled the buyers as they clamoured to bid on them at Feilding on Friday. The overall quality was not high, further emphasising the strength in the market. The yarding was the smallest for the season to date and with many buyers from outside the region looking to fill loads prices were high. Top money of the day was $132.50 paid for 63 big woolly male lambs and another line of 99 male lambs made $126.50. The usual $10/head discount for ewe lambs was squeezed back to only a couple of dollars this week as buyers switched to the comparatively cheaper ewe lambs. The best of the ewe lambs made $112.50 each and not many sold for less than $100.

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  • Matawhero sale July 25

    The store lamb market at Matawhero continues to strengthen in spite of a very cold period. A yarding of 2335 store lambs on Friday, out of a total yarding of just on 2800 head, contained many good lines from 35-44kg.

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  • Weaker dollar to settle near US85c?

    The New Zealand dollar was the weakest major currency overnight, touching a fresh six-week low after Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler yesterday signalled conditions were ripe for currency intervention.

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  • Rongotea sales July 21, 23

    More than 100 calves were offered at the first Monday sale of the spring calving season in Rongotea, Darryl Harwood of NZ Farmers Livestock reported. Good Friesian bulls made $90-$100, medium, $70-$85 and smaller calves fetched $40-$50. Whiteface bull calves made $160-$240. Whiteface heifers made $150-$220.

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Sheep-sector revival

Mid Canterbury sheep farmer Ken Wragg watched with mixed emotion as the last of his capital stock ewes went to the auctioneer’s call.

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  • TPP best hope to end tariffs

    Regional trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and larger deals that might spring from them, loom as the best option for eliminating tariffs eating into New Zealand’s agricultural export returns.

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  • Cuff stepping down from Alliance

    Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff will step down in December, after the company’s annual meeting.

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  • Red-meat farmers gaining in confidence

    Indications about 84% of sheep and beef farmers are planning to spend on pasture renewal are thought to be on the high side but experts say that’s what the level should be, given the potentially very high returns on investment.

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  • Gold surge tipped for Zespri

    An impending avalanche of Gold kiwifruit will present as many challenges as opportunities for growers over the next two seasons and returns are expected to ease as a result.

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More immigrant workers and programme for Kiwis

A new programme to get more Kiwis into seasonal work has been launched at the same time as the Government has raised the limit on immigrant workers.

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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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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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