China’s milk thirst will grow

China’s thirst for imported dairy products will expand over the next five years to equate to New Zealand’s entire annual production, Agrifax senior dairy analyst Susan Kilsby says.

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  • Small-forest owners get chance for united action

    Owners of smaller forests, including many farmers with woodlots, are being offered a new log-marketing service to aggregate supply to obtain better prices.

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  • Migrant workers need more help

    Dairy farmers helping their migrant workers to have improved access to English language classes could be the best way to help them integrate more into their communities.

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  • They don’t come here for fun

    New Zealanders need to respect the reasons for migrant workers coming to this country to work, Waimate resource centre manager Steve Napper says.

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  • Seeka doubles profit despite challenges

    Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the fruit grower and coolstore and packhouse operator, more than doubled first-half profit as challenging trading conditions and rising costs were offset by gains from the sale of its cornerstone stake in Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage.

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Pulpit - Where have all the farmers gone?

It is a glorious Saturday in August and as the month progresses I’ve got this ache in the heart that keeps repeating.

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Stortford Lodge sale August 20

Sale-goers may have looked more like penguins in their wet weather gear and hoods but there was no doubting the size and condition of the 5800 lambs offered at Stortford Lodge this week, with many big lines from Taupo, Wairoa, and Chatham Islands as well as local vendors.

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  • Feilding sale August 22

    On a day when most attending were complaining of the cold after some warm days, a moderate yarding of more than 10,000 sheep and 1400 cattle at Feilding on Friday showed mixed returns. Some very useful scanned-in-lamb ewes started proceedings with 131 scanned twins selling at $140 and 93 at $141 showing the way.

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  • Dollar Watch – August 22

    There are signs the New Zealand dollar might consolidate for a time after its recent sharp fall, though the lower trend remains intact.

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  • Wool Report – August 22

    There was one sale this week, at Christchurch on Thursday.

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  • Matawhero sale August 22

    Held in near freezing winds, Friday’s Matawhero sale was again a small one. Only 1230 sheep came forward and this was swelled by the late entry of a line of 686 ewe lambs from a large high-country station.

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Dairy prices down 0.6% in latest GDT auction

Dairy product prices slipped to the lowest level in two years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, as lower prices for skim milk powder and cheddar outweighed increases for butter and anhydrous milk fat.

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  • Small-forest owners get chance for united action

    Owners of smaller forests, including many farmers with woodlots, are being offered a new log-marketing service to aggregate supply to obtain better prices.

    Read more…

  • China’s milk thirst will grow

    China’s thirst for imported dairy products will expand over the next five years to equate to New Zealand’s entire annual production, Agrifax senior dairy analyst Susan Kilsby says.

    Read more…

  • Seeka doubles profit despite challenges

    Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the fruit grower and coolstore and packhouse operator, more than doubled first-half profit as challenging trading conditions and rising costs were offset by gains from the sale of its cornerstone stake in Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage.

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  • Dairy pushes for good deal or no Korea deal

    The dairy industry says trade talks with South Korea should be abandoned if it can’t offer a better deal on access to its market for New Zealand’s biggest exports.

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Speed milking becomes a sport

The northern European rural sport of speed milking will be starring at the inaugural New Zealand Rural Games in Queenstown in February.

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  • Migrant workers need more help

    Dairy farmers helping their migrant workers to have improved access to English language classes could be the best way to help them integrate more into their communities.

    Read more…

  • They don’t come here for fun

    New Zealanders need to respect the reasons for migrant workers coming to this country to work, Waimate resource centre manager Steve Napper says.

    Read more…

  • Seeka doubles profit despite challenges

    Seeka Kiwifruit Industries, the fruit grower and coolstore and packhouse operator, more than doubled first-half profit as challenging trading conditions and rising costs were offset by gains from the sale of its cornerstone stake in Opotiki Packing and Cool Storage.

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  • Rural women worry over certainty of power supply

    Claims parts of rural New Zealand face a threat to continued power supply have been downplayed by Electricity Networks Association chief executive Alan Jenkins.

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Funding boost for tutsan fight

Taumarunui’s Tutsan Action Group (TAG) hopes new funding will help find a biological control for the invasive plant tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum).

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Poll - Election

Which party will do best for agriculture?

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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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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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