MIE confident of meeting funding plan cut-off

Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group is confident of getting a funding application and business plan to Beef + Lamb New Zealand by the May 10 cut-off date.

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Pulpit - Meat industry future not Fonterra model

Recent issues of The New Zealand Farmers Weekly have canvassed issues on the future of the meat industry, which deserve some comment.

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Taihape sale April 16

There were 750 head of Angus/Hereford weaners on offer at the special weaner sale at Taihape on Wednesday. Average sale prices were about $200 better than the same sale last year, PGG Wrightson agent Maurice Stewart reported, and averaged $600 per head.

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  • Wool Report – April 17

    There was one New Zealand sale this week, in Napier.

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  • Dollar Watch – April 17

    Big currency investors are watching the fall in global dairy prices and any one could spark a fall in the kiwi dollar at any time, BNZ currency strategist Raiko Shareef says.

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  • Taranaki weaner fair April 17

    At the weaner fair held at Stratford on Thursday Charolais steers, 187-300kg, made $510-$670, Charolais/Shorthorn, 251kg, $685, Angus, 176-255kg, $535-$635, Angus-cross, 221-242kg, $585-$630, Angus/Hereford, 185kg, $460, Red Devon-cross, 208kg, $605, Simmental, 214-240kg, $575-$615, whiteface, 177-226kg, $450-$630.

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  • Feilding sale April 17

    The rails were crowded with buyers at Feilding on Thursday, chasing nearly 11,000 store lambs as though they won’t be making any more. And surely the numbers of available store lambs will drop away quickly now.

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US looms as chief dairy threat

New Zealand risks losing its title as the world’s top dairy profit maker to the United States, an industry expert says.

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Kiwi released on private farmland

Prime Minister John Key was on hand recently to witness the latest release of juvenile kiwi to the Mataia Restoration Project on private coastal farmland in southeastern Kaipara Harbour, in North Auckland.

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AgResearch campus hub plans to progress

AgResearch’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a project management firm.

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Poll - Dairy barns

Do you think that Hawke's Bay should move away from traditional dairy farming to dairy barns to lessen the impact of drought?

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Challenging conditions remain despite rain

Dairy cows in drought areas could be as much as one condition score below calving target and boosting those scores should be the priority, DairyNZ Northland regional leader Tafi Manjala says.

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  • Droughts forcing changes to farming

    The prolonged dry spell on the North Island west coast, coming so soon after last year’s drought, is likely to change conventional farming practices, a Waikato farm consultant says.

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  • Rain helps but pressure still on

    Chris Lewis’s Waikato pasture went from drought brown to a greenish tinge after 32mm of rain last week, but with winter around the corner the Pukeatua farmer is in a race against the clock.

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  • Wheat disaster levy vote delayed

    Preparation is under way for the wheat insurance commodity levy referendum.

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  • Welcome rain brings nitrate risk

    Rain is welcome as the dry weather affects pasture growth in many regions but it brings the danger of nitrate poisoning in stock, Ballance science manager Aaron Stafford warns.

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Fonterra beefs up its UHT capacity at Waitoa plant

Fonterra’s new $126 million UHT plant at Waitoa will double its capacity to more than 100m litres a year when its starts packaging commercial products this month.

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  • Growing case for water storage

    Local and central government can expect new pressure to assist onfarm water storage projects as drought bites hard in New Zealand’s dairying capital, Waikato, for the second year running.

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  • Shears champ targets world title

    Victory at the Golden Shears is the pinnacle of shearing achievement in New Zealand. Each year the title is hard fought, with everything left on the board. Rebecca Harper spoke to this year’s winner, Rowland Smith.

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  • Tepid demand at Hawarden fair

    The Friday of the Hawarden ewe fair was notable for buyers making fairly short-term choices in a market that wasn’t brimming with demand.

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  • Top man Cam

    Working hard and getting involved come naturally to Massey University ag science student Cameron Black from Southland.

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