Bell wins Young Farmer title

Matt Bell of Aorangi has won the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest. 

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From the ridge – A duty of care for each other

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

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Shareholder body supports Fonterra review

The body representing Fonterra shareholders is supporting a review of all aspects of the co-operative’s business but says it was not prompted by the dairy sector’s current difficulties.

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  • Feilding sale July 6

    An unpleasant cold rainy morning was endured by the buyers at the Feilding prime sale on Monday where sheep entries were at a manageable level of only 5039 head.

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  • Pukekohe sale July 4

    Saturday morning at Pukekohe was wet and hot and with large numbers of cattle still coming forward, buyers turned out in force for some quality stock, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions reported. Killable cattle sold as well as ever. Prime steers made up to $1750 and the best heifers fetched $1550.

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  • Dollar touches fresh lows after fresh Greece concerns

    The New Zealand dollar fell to a fresh five-year low as investors exited riskier assets in favour of safe havens after Greeks look to have rejected austerity measures that would give them access to bailout money.

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  • Feilding sale July 3

    A yarding of 3750 scanned in lamb ewes kicked off the sale at Feilding on Friday. The quality offered was only of medium or worse. If killing space was more readily available, many of the ewes would be better off going to the works. Top money was $115 for 77 mixed age ewes scanned in-lamb at 160%.

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Keeping positive despite the odds

This year’s South Island Dairy Event saw about 500 attend the three-day conference at Lincoln University.

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Herd of art?

Photographer Sarah Brook was in Morrinsville recently for the launch of the Herd of Cows initiative. 

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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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Support pledged for flood affected farmers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event.

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Champ takes another record

Sixteen times world champion shearer David Fagan showed a vocal and supportive Cheltenham speed shear crowd he can shear a single sheep in 20.4 seconds recently to win the event.

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