More options for wool growers

Wools of New Zealand made a $268,000 loss in the financial year to June 30, an improvement on the $351,000 loss the year before.

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Pulpit - It’s time for farmer efficiency

Albert Einstein’s wise words “The most important thing is not to ever stop questioning how to do things better” align perfectly with the business of farming.

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Kaikohe sale October 15

About 650 head were yarded in a mixed offering of store cattle at Kaikohe on Wednesday and again quality cattle sold exceptionally well. Overall the sale was strong despite the mixed yarding, Vaughan Vujcich of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Balclutha sale October 22

    A small yarding of average quality prime lambs were offered at Balclutha on Wednesday and sold well with values remaining the same as recent sales, Barry Osborne of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Canterbury Park sale October 21

    A large yarding of prime lambs was met with good demand from regular buyers at Canterbury Park on Tuesday, Rural Livestock representatives reported. Prices held firm with a top price of $159 a head. Heavy lambs made $140-$155, medium $125-$135, light $115-$125.

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  • Rangiuru sale October 21

    The Rangiuru selling centre continues to generate very good returns for the region’s vendors with another good yarding of 500 cattle on Tuesday.

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  • Lorneville sale October 21

    A large yarding of prime cattle was presented at Lorneville on Tuesday with the market similar to last week, PGG Wrightson representatives reported.

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Palm kernel prices fall with milk

The price of palm kernel has dived along with the milk price forecast, with predictions the cost of the imported feed supplement could fall further and stay low for another year.

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  • No loss of face on wool stance

    Federated Farmers suffered no loss of face from its involvement in promoting the wool levy after the proposal was voted down by farmers, president Dr William Rolleston says.

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  • What’s next for wool industry?

    The Wool Research of New Zealand group could play a role in the leadership of the wool industry but its existing funding for specific off-farm research would need to be protected, chairman Derrick Millton says.

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  • More options for wool growers

    Wools of New Zealand made a $268,000 loss in the financial year to June 30, an improvement on the $351,000 loss the year before.

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  • Dairy compliance not good enough

    Some south Otago dairy farmers were determined to avoid their stewardship responsibilities in complying with the most basic and important water protection rules, Otago Regional Council chief executive Peter Bodeker says.

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How to cater for smart shoppers

Latest research on six key developing and mature markets for New Zealand food products has highlighted greater consumer sophistication in some than Kiwi exporters often appreciate.

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Poll - Wool levy vote

The wool levy result means:

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West Coast gets rain relief

Welcome rain has eased the stress for West Coast farmers.

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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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  • 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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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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