‘It can only get better’

Nothing too flash or expansive for farmers came out of Fonterra’s half-yearly report, dairy farmer Chris Ford says.

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  • Steak claim doesn’t make the cut

    The New Zealand beef industry say it’s not to blame for Collingwood Australian Rules football stars Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas testing positive to a banned drug after eating steak in Queenstown.

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  • DairyNZ to test swede samples

    The supplier of swede seed linked to the deaths of dairy cattle and sheep last winter is hopeful a pending report from DairyNZ will provide some answers.

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  • Minister told law update needed now

    The need for New Zealand to ratify the latest international seed legislation has been reinforced to the Government by the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association (NZPBRA).

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  • Science to give methane solutions

    Australian researchers are still at least two years away from creating a solution to reduce the amount of methane produced by livestock.

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Pulpit – Industry still in farmers’ hands

It has been an absolute luxury to listen, watch and consume the debate across a wide range of media over the past week following the release of the Meat Industry Excellence Pathways to Long-Term Sustainability document, particularly as I can do so from the thinking fields of my own farm but with the institutional knowledge I have from working in the industry for 34 years. 

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Kiwi slumps as GDT prices fall

The New Zealand dollar fell after dairy product prices dropped 8.8% in the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, on concern weaker prices for the country’s largest commodity export could dent future economic growth.

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  • Stratford sale March 24

    At the Stratford dairy sale on Tuesday, empty Friesian cows made $725-$1175, Friesian-cross, $690-$1250, Jersey, $600-$770, crossbred, $700-$850.

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  • Matawhero sales March 31, April 1

    More than 2300 weaner steers and 470 bulls were traded the annual Matawhero weaner fair on Tuesday. About 80% of the total entry was of Angus parentage and they lived up to the high standard expected of the region. While not quite carrying the condition of some years, the youngsters were in very nice order. After many sales around the country where high returns were achieved a very solid market was expected, and expectations were realised.

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  • Balclutha sale April 1

    A good yarding of prime lambs sold to good demand at Balclutha on Wednesday, Gerrard Shea of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Canterbury Park sale March 31

    A mixed quality yarding of prime lambs sold very strongly at Canterbury Park on Tuesday with regular buyers in attendance. The best lambs rose by $5 reaching $128 on occasion, with most other heavy lambs selling from $115 to $125. Medium lambs made $100-$110 and lighter lambs fetched $85-$95.

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Big future seen for Muslim markets

Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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  • Steak claim doesn’t make the cut

    The New Zealand beef industry say it’s not to blame for Collingwood Australian Rules football stars Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas testing positive to a banned drug after eating steak in Queenstown.

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  • DairyNZ to test swede samples

    The supplier of swede seed linked to the deaths of dairy cattle and sheep last winter is hopeful a pending report from DairyNZ will provide some answers.

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  • Minister told law update needed now

    The need for New Zealand to ratify the latest international seed legislation has been reinforced to the Government by the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association (NZPBRA).

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  • Quotas end with farmer protests

    Dairy farmers can expect a severe loss in market power and chronic milk price slumps following the end of quotas, the European Milk Board has warned.

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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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Poll - 2015-16 Fonterra payout

What do you think Fonterra’s 2015-16 payout will be?

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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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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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