Govt to establish new food safety centre

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye are looking for expressions of interest in setting up a new Food Safety Science and Research Centre.

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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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Lorneville sale April 8

A large yarding of prime sheep met with strong demand at Lorneville on Tuesday, with lamb prices up by $2-$5/head.

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  • Tuakau sales April 14, 16

    Prime lambs continued to sell well at Tuakau on Monday, Elders agent Armyn Sanders reported.

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  • Frankton sale April 15, 16

    Wednesday’s store cattle sale at Frankton drew a very small yarding, PGG Wrightson agent Mark Gaustad reported.

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  • Rangiuru sale April 14

    In a week of big sales of cattle across the North Island, Rangiuru offered its share with more than 1000 head. Boner cows and weaner cattle comprised 80% of the yarding.

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  • Matawhero sale April 15

    Most interest was centred on the in-calf cows and the better lines of R2 steers and heifers at the Matawhero cattle and East Coast weaner fair on Tuesday.

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Fonterra ramps up overseas expansion

Fonterra has split its China dairy farms into a stand-alone business unit reporting directly to the chief executive Theo Spierings and has appointed another Dutchman as interim managing director.

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Maxwell applauds mental health initiative

It is encouraging to see the issue of rural depression being addressed at a national government level, Federated Farmers mental health spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell says.

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  • Farmers urged to back Ruataniwha

    Farmers are being urged to get behind the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS) as the four-year journey through feasibility reaches a critical stage.

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  • Call for more mirrors on school buses

    Rural Women NZ wants bus companies to follow the lead of Ritchies Transport, which installed extra mirrors on its buses following the 2012 death of a five year old West Coast boy after he got off a school bus operated by the company.

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  • Succeeding from the soil up

    Nicole Masters has a life-long passion for improving farming systems and her ideal is for New Zealand to be a biological nation. The agro-ecologist talked to Annette Scott.

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  • Opposition grows to super councils

    Council amalgamation has been criticised by two provincial mayors for the impact they say it could have on rural communities, though another sees merit in the move.

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More funds essential, Lincoln head says

The average punter won’t believe in the proposed research hub at Lincoln until the Government puts up more cash for the university, vice-chancellor Andy West says.

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Costs to rise to combat wild weather

As climate change brings more wild weather, farmers are providing more targets for storms to hit.

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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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