Tradition ties agents to job

There has been a raft of changes in the livestock agency industry in the more than 50 years Fred Fowler and John Honeybone have been working in Canterbury saleyards but one feature stays the same.

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Pulpit - New Zealand ahead of the game

I was last in New Zealand for a rugby tour in 1981. Some years later, never you mind how many, I was fortunate to return to your country, acting as an Argentinian farming ambassador on the Global Research Alliance (GRA) World Farmers Organisation (WFO) study tour.

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Producer prices fall on lower farmgate milk prices

New Zealand producer input prices fell in the third quarter because lower farmgate milk prices reduced input costs for dairy manufacturers, adding more evidence that inflation in the local economy is subdued.

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  • Stortford Lodge ewe fair December 19

    Hawke’s Bay regional buyers shut out opposition for the 8500 breeding ewes offered at the Stortford Lodge early ewe fair on Friday.

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  • Feilding sale December 19

    The last store sale at Feilding before the Christmas break, on Friday, attracted about 5000 fewer lambs than initially booked as the general rain encouraged potential vendors to keep their lambs at home.

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  • Matawhero sale December 19

    The great rain which fell on Sunday and Wednesday gave a real price boost to the store lamb market at Matawhero on Friday, with rates lifting by 30-50c/kg. Only two vendors fronted in the lamb pens, offering 800 blackface lambs and another line of 1076 high country lambs.

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  • Coalgate sale December 18

    The final sale for the season at Coalgate on Thursday ended on a high note, with reasonable spirit amongst vendors and purchasers resulting in a successful close to the year, Rowan Sandford of Hazlett Rural reported.

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Fonterra at fault in whey scare

The Government’s final report into Fonterra’s whey protein concentrate botulism scare has hammered the company which was beset by an internal row at the time.

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  • Some like it hot

    An artificial breeding bull which caused some of its offspring to be excessively hairy and prone to overheating has led to two world-first scientific discoveries.

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  • Apples meet forecast

    Scales Corporation expects this season’s apple crop volumes to match or exceed those forecast in earlier estimates.

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  • Macca’s beefs up sustainability

    Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has partnered with McDonald’s NZ to support the fast food chain’s quest to serve sustainable beef to its customers.

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  • Primary industries drive GDP rise

    Statistics New Zealand figures show gross domestic product (GDP) rose 1% in the September quarter on the back of the primary industries, which increased 5.8%.

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Locals doubt mines will benefit them

Plans for exploration drilling for gold and silver in the Puhipuhi Hills district north of Whangarei appear to have stalled.

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Water bags to save irrigators

Cropping farmer levy investment in a Canterbury University project is destined to stabilise irrigators in high winds.

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Poll - Milk Price Information

Has Fonterra provided farmers with enough information about milk prices?

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Mixed bag for weather

As meteorologists warily eye the possibility of an El Nino system affecting weather this summer, farmers around the country have already experienced a mixed bag of growth conditions.

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Detour on career path pays off

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life.

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