SFF wants new equity

Farmers must own their own meat industry business or become peasants on their own land, Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett says as the co-op restructures and looks for new capital.

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Pulpit - Perception, dairy’s big headache

The biggest issues facing New Zealand farmers now and in the future are the ever-rising compliance costs and farming restrictions.

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  • Meaty Matters – Silver Fern Farms heaves sigh of relief

    This week’s announcement by Silver Fern Farms of an unaudited pre-tax profit of $5-7 million for the last financial year signals a massive improvement on the substantial losses of the two previous years. But in spite of the $100 million debt reduction, it does little more than provide some breathing space for the company to review its future capital structure options.

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  • Alternative view – Pike River: Beyond decency

    I am appalled at the treatment we’ve given the Pike River families. It is beyond decency and the Government needs to be called into account over it.

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  • From The Ridge - Farmers being encouraged to breed

    Last week I along with about 100 others attended the first breeder’s forum run by Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics in Dunedin.

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  • Editorial - Time to tell a good story

    Our meat and milk taste good. Really good. There’s a reason for that. We are great farmers, who use the stunning landscape we’re lucky enough to have stewardship over to produce high quality food.

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Stratford sale October 29

Prime Hereford-cross steers, 545kg, made $2.97/kgLW at Stratford on Wednesday. Friesian steers, 520kg, achieved $2.88/kgLW; Friesian-cross steers, 640-675kg, made $2.96-$2.98/kgLW.

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  • Masterton sale October 29

    A yarding of 1508 beef-bred yearling and 2-year steers and heifers from local breeders and farmers were sold at the Martinborough and Masterton spring cattle fair on Wednesday. All the stock were showing signs of a kind winter with cattle in good condition and cleaning up in the coat, Chris McBride of PGG Wrightson reported. Buyers attended from a wide area including Wanganui, Taihape, Manawatu and Central Hawkes Bay, as well as a strong local support base.

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  • Charlton sale October 30

    There was strong demand for all classes of stock in a medium sized yarding at Charlton on Thursday, PGG Wrightson representatives reported.

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  • Stortford Lodge sale October 29

    Buyers lined up for the 2200 spring lambs presented at Stortford Lodge on Wednesday and they didn’t have to wait long with a very short offering of just 200 cattle taking less than an hour to sell.

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  • Canterbury Park sale October 29

    A smaller yarding of good quality lambs sold at Canterbury Park on Wednesday with regular buyers in attendance, Rural Livestock representatives reported. The spring lamb market was very good with a top price of $141. Most spring lambs made $115-$120, medium $90-$110, lighter lambs $85.

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LIC aspires to $1 billion a year

LIC’s decision to use a revenue figure as its goal in a new growth strategy was questioned by some shareholders at the herd improvement co-operative’s annual meeting, with one farmer calling it bizarre.

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  • Needling farmers about biosecurity

    The New Zealand arable industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels when it comes to biosecurity.

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  • SFF wants new equity

    Farmers must own their own meat industry business or become peasants on their own land, Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett says as the co-op restructures and looks for new capital.

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  • Grain and seed industry to grow collective

    Grain and seed industry stakeholders have generally agreed they need to get involved as a collective with the Government Industry Agreement (GIA).

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  • Excess kill capacity not at SFF

    Silver Fern Farms suppliers have a choice between carrying enough killing capacity to cope with pinch points or facing longer waits for space, chairman Rob Hewett says.

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All Black all out for white gold

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is part of the generation of Kiwis who missed out of getting milk in schools.

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Seed testing labs under international scrutiny

New Zealand’s seed testing laboratories have been under scrutiny by International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) experts.

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Poll - Prime Minister

When he’s not the prime minister John Key is:

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West Coast gets rain relief

Welcome rain has eased the stress for West Coast farmers.

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  • Farmers have to plan ahead for adverse events

    Having plans in place for adverse events will help farmers stay on top financially and emotionally, Federated Farmers health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says.

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  • We made drought more intense

    Climate change is making a difference to New Zealand and there evidence humans left a distinctive footprint on last year’s North Island drought.

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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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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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