Dairy prices level out in latest auction

Dairy product prices rose in the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, inching higher from the lowest level since July 2012, as declines in butter milk powder and cheddar were offset by gains in rennet casein and skim milk powder.

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Pulpit - National not serving farmers well

If I went to a Federated Farmers meeting and wanted to get laughed out of the room, I know just what to say.

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Feilding sale September 15

The yarding entries at the Feilding prime sale on Monday are moving towards seasonal lows for all classes of stock.

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EU paying premium for NZ lamb

The European Union accounted for 49% of New Zealand lamb exports by value in the nine months ended June 30.

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Taking farming to the cloud

Gretchen Bunny, the woman behind AgRecord, sees the difference technology can make to the way we farm. Rebecca Harper talked to her about her journey to the forefront of farming software.

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Waging war against infectious disease

Infectious disease costs the rural economy more than $500 million a year, Otago University scientist Professor Frank Griffin says.

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Poll - Trainees

Trainees are coming out of industry courses:

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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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  • South Island needs rain

    Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues.

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  • Farmers ready for storm

    Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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  • Mixed feelings over stopbank breach

    Farmers in Northland’s contentious Hikurangi Swamp flood protection scheme are divided over the deliberate breaching of a stopbank to release floodwater.

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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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  • Farmers ready for storm

    Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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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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  • 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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