Online tool for milk price analysis

A new, free tool will make it easier for dairy farmers to see the factors that influence the farmgate milk price.

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  • Yes to $10 a lamb levy, MIE finds

    Most red meat farmers were prepared to invest in industry reform round a larger co-operative model if they could see gains from the process, a survey for Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) has found.

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  • Zespri won’t back class action

    Zespri says it does not support legal action being taken against the Government over the Psa outbreak by the group behind The Kiwifruit Claim.

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  • Rural town looking for rebound

    Ashburton District’s economy is predicted to drop more than $360 million following slashed forecast milk prices as farmers face the lowest payout in five years.

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  • Commodity prices fall again

    New Zealand commodity prices fell for a seventh consecutive month to an 18-month low in September, led by declining dairy prices.

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Pulpit - Is there bullying down on the farm?

Bullying in the workplace is emerging as an easy and somewhat fashionable workplace complaint, and the farming sector is not exempt.

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Online tool for milk price analysis

A new, free tool will make it easier for dairy farmers to see the factors that influence the farmgate milk price.

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  • Charlton sale October 2

    A moderate yarding of prime lambs and ewes was on offer at Charlton on Thursday, with the best lambs sold on a par with previous weeks at $140, Zac Andrews of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Stortford Lodge sale October 1

    Several days of cold southerly weather may have slowed spring grass growth but there was nothing curbing the enthusiasm for store cattle at Stortford Lodge on Wednesday, as buyers from a wide range of districts battled to buy.

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  • Leadership programme for dairying women

    A pilot programme to develop the skills and confidence of dairy in their businesses and communities begins in November.

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  • Stratford sale October 1

    At the Stratford sale on Wednesday, Jersey-cross cows, 417kg, made $1.76/kgLW. Prime Hereford-cross heifers, 402-502kg, fetched $2.54-$2.64/kgLW, Angus, 467kg, $2.55/kgLW, Ayrshire-Friesian, 505kg, $2.18/kgLW.

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GDT knocks 5c off farmgate milk price

Last night’s GlobalDairyTrade auction in which prices fell 7.3% knocked the Agrifax farmgate milk price prediction for this season back to $5.05/kg MS.

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  • Yes to $10 a lamb levy, MIE finds

    Most red meat farmers were prepared to invest in industry reform round a larger co-operative model if they could see gains from the process, a survey for Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) has found.

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  • Sowing the seeds for the Young Horticulturist of the Year

    There are ten weeks to go until the start of this year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year, and the six competitors recently gathered at Auckland’s Botanical Gardens to meet and begin planning their projects.

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  • Fonterra ready for 90m litre peak

    Fonterra’s milk supply has almost reached its zenith and will surpass last spring’s peak flow of 87 million litres a day, global operations managing director Rob Spurway says.

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  • Beware comparison, Wilson warns

    Fonterra cannot be fairly compared with the dairy product giants worldwide in the way attempted by a recent European study, Fonterra chairman John Wilson said.

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Honing skills to boost agribusiness

A new partnership between Primary ITO and Aoraki Polytechnic has signalled the start for a new era of agribusiness education in Canterbury.

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NIWA system turns effluent into power

A decade of research and trialling by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has given dairy farmers a simple, low-cost effluent pond system capable of turning muck to money.

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Poll - Commodity price trends

Will the latest commodity price trends see a swing away from dairy farming?

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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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