Economists expect Fonterra to lower forecast

Economists say they are not in the business of second-guessing Fonterra directors, but it will be surprising if the milk price forecast doesn’t take a hit this week when the dairy heavyweight announces its annual results.

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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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Balclutha sale September 17

Prime lambs eased in price at Balclutha from the previous week’s sale mainly because of the quality on offer, Gerard Shea of PGG Wrightson reported.

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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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  • Some farmers not receiving levy forms

    Wool Levy Group chairwoman Sandra Faulkner is pleased people are letting her know they haven’t received their levy voting forms.

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  • Economists expect Fonterra to lower forecast

    Economists say they are not in the business of second-guessing Fonterra directors, but it will be surprising if the milk price forecast doesn’t take a hit this week when the dairy heavyweight announces its annual results.

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  • Welcome to world of volatility

    Fonterra's annual results presentation this week will confirm the volatility of dairy prices in the modern, unsubsidised world.

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  • All eyes on Fonterra

    Fonterra-watchers love the end of September, when the giant co-operative provides a wealth of information to assess its performance in the financial year ended July 31.

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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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  • Waikato farmers in water consent race

    The clock is ticking for Waikato dairy farmers, who still have to work out if they need a water-take consent for the dairy shed under new rules next year and, if so, to apply for it before the tap runs dry.

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  • Promotion of Kiwi farming key, couple says

    Building positive perceptions of New Zealand into the way farming industries promote their products, services, and skills will increase the benefits this country get from the agricultural sector, farming ambassadors Craige and Roz Mackenzie say.

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  • Head start for Get Ready week

    Canterbury dairy farmer Peter King goes into the Civil Defence nationwide Get Ready week much better prepared than when the September 2010 earthquake put his milking unit out of action for a few days.

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  • Emergency checklist

    How would you feed your stock if an unexpected snowfall blanketed the farm for a week?

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It’s not all about the money

Environmental stewardship is trumping the drive for big returns, a report from Lincoln University says.

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Poll - Farmer priority

What’s your main priority as a farmer?

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West Coast gets rain relief

Welcome rain has eased the stress for West Coast farmers.

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  • Emergency checklist

    How would you feed your stock if an unexpected snowfall blanketed the farm for a week?

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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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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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