Fonterra price steady

Fonterra's dairy farmers should not hold out for an increase in farmgate milk price to rescue their dismal season.

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  • Safety starts now

    The Government has had enough. A rising death and injury toll on farms has prodded it into action to make farming businesses accountable for safety, as is the case for every other employer. Neal Wallace reports WorkSafe NZ is promising an educational rather than a litigious approach.

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  • More fruit flies found

    Ten Queensland fruit flies have now been found in Auckland after the capture of one on Saturday and another this morning.

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  • Culverden farmer elected to Beef +Lamb NZ board

    Culverden farmer Phil Smith has been elected as the farmer director to represent sheep and beef farmers in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern South Island electorate.

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  • Dairy pushes trade figures down

    New Zealand’s merchandise terms of trade fell 1.9% in the December 2014 quarter as export prices fell and import prices rose, Statistics New Zealand said today.

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Pulpit – Farm-owning syndicates growing

Farm syndication is a term that includes equity farming, farm equity partnerships and is used to identify multi-investor farming entities. It is now a major part of the farming industry in New Zealand, Masterton lawyer *Brett Gould* writes.

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Feilding sale February 20

The yardings offered at Feilding have been much smaller than recent seasons with fewer than 6000 lambs penned on Friday. In spite of the lack of strength in meat schedules, there is a solid demand building for store lambs and many are waiting for rain to kick crops along.

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  • Feilding sale March 2

    Just as was predicted there was a major decrease in the entry of prime sheep at Feilding on Monday. The ewe prices, in particular, fell away and with the works taking ewes now, only 1000 ewes and fewer than 1000 lambs were offered compared with 2500 ewes and 1500 last week. This resulted in a firm market for lambs and a lift of up to $10/head for ewes, helped along by another keen bidder in the ewe section.

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  • Dollar up after China cuts interest rates

    The New Zealand dollar advanced on expectations a reduction in interest rates in China may stimulate demand for NZ commodities in the country's largest trading partner.

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  • Port dispute ends but backlog stays

    Port authorities and workers on the United States west coast have reached an agreement but it will take two to three months to clear a backlog of goods, including New Zealand manufacturing beef imports.

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  • Feilding sale February 27

    The Feilding sale was just going through the motions on Friday, with as many people on the benches as there were cattle offered at just 361 head. Although 10,827 lambs were offered, historically that number is regarded as small.

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Log prices up as Chinese inventories fall

New Zealand export log prices rose to a nine-month high in January as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand and local returns were bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs.

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Buoyant mood up north

Northland Agricultural Field Days president Lew Duggan was all smiles with "100 new exhibits and a buoyant mood among farmers" at the 31st annual event held in Dargaville last week.

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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 - Farm Safety Plan

Do you have a comprehensive farm safety plan?

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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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Detour on career path pays off

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

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