Sturgess: ‘I’ll help’

Tom Sturgess, one of New Zealand’s richest men and largest farmers, is willing to be involved in making the red meat industry more profitable.

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Pulpit – Biosecurity a Govt priority

As the portfolio of Minister for Primary Industries stretches across many complex issues I'm used to receiving and reading brickbats and the odd bouquet from farmers. 

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Kiwi slumps as GDT prices fall

The New Zealand dollar fell after dairy product prices dropped 8.8% in the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, on concern weaker prices for the country’s largest commodity export could dent future economic growth.

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  • Stratford sale March 24

    At the Stratford dairy sale on Tuesday, empty Friesian cows made $725-$1175, Friesian-cross, $690-$1250, Jersey, $600-$770, crossbred, $700-$850.

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  • Feilding sale April 17

    Store stock swamped the saleyards at Feilding on Friday, with the cattle bookings closing on Wednesday and nearly 23,000 sheep on offer. These numbers might have been too much for the market with R2 steers falling away and big periods of weakness in the lamb pens. There are a few headwinds for the market for store stock with the dollar firming, winter rearing its head and no meat company talking up the prospects for lamb export markets.

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  • US vote crucial to TPP progress

    A bill introduced by lawmakers in the United States on Thursday allowing trade agreements to be fast-tracked through the Congress is a crucial step in getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks wrapped up soon.

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  • Imports cause market imbalance

    Imported corn landing in the North Island is creating a market imbalance and developing an unfair market platform for New Zealand growers, a leading arable farmer says.

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Big future seen for Muslim markets

Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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Herd of art?

Photographer Sarah Brook was in Morrinsville recently for the launch of the Herd of Cows initiative. 

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New planning guide for dairy conversions

Farmers contemplating a land-use conversion to dairying can get a new online environmental “how-to” planning guide to help ensure any new farm meets the industry’s standards.

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Poll - Cow barns

Are cow barns appropriate for New Zealand dairy farms?

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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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Champ takes another record

Sixteen times world champion shearer David Fagan showed a vocal and supportive Cheltenham speed shear crowd he can shear a single sheep in 20.4 seconds recently to win the event.

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