Stoddart takes on Alliance challenge

New Alliance Group independent director Vanessa Stoddart says she thrives in challenging industries.

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Pulpit - Environmental pressure threat to pasture farming

The publication of passionate articles extolling the virtues of a given system or company needs to be tempered with a dose of reality.

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Taihape sale April 16

There were 750 head of Angus/Hereford weaners on offer at the special weaner sale at Taihape on Wednesday. Average sale prices were about $200 better than the same sale last year, PGG Wrightson agent Maurice Stewart reported, and averaged $600 per head.

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  • Stratford sale April 23

    At the Stratford sale on Wednesday, Hereford-cross prime steers, 643kg, made $2.26/kgLW, Angus, 565kg-650kg, $2.27-$2.32/kgLW, Murray Grey, 480kg, $2.10-$2.12/kgLW.

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  • Balcultha sale April 23

    There was a small yarding of heavy prime lambs at Balclutha on Wednesday, with heavy lamb carcases expected to reach into the late 20kg range, Will Hurst of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Tuakau sales April 22, 23

    The short working week meant a very small yarding of prime cattle was presented at Tuakau on Wednesday, PGG Wrightson agent Kane Needham reported.

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  • Frankton sales April 22, 23

    About 400-450 cattle were presented at the Frankton store sale on Wednesday, with most classes selling at similar values to previous weeks, Gareth Price of NZ Farmers Livestock reported.

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Awareness the key to sheep measles success

The prevalence of sheep measles in New Zealand has never been lower despite less money than ever being spent on control of the disease.

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Kiwi released on private farmland

Prime Minister John Key was on hand recently to witness the latest release of juvenile kiwi to the Mataia Restoration Project on private coastal farmland in southeastern Kaipara Harbour, in North Auckland.

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AgResearch campus hub plans to progress

AgResearch’s agricultural and food innovation hubs are one step closer to reality with the appointment of a project management firm.

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Poll - Dairy barns

Do you think that Hawke's Bay should move away from traditional dairy farming to dairy barns to lessen the impact of drought?

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Challenging conditions remain despite rain

Dairy cows in drought areas could be as much as one condition score below calving target and boosting those scores should be the priority, DairyNZ Northland regional leader Tafi Manjala says.

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  • Droughts forcing changes to farming

    The prolonged dry spell on the North Island west coast, coming so soon after last year’s drought, is likely to change conventional farming practices, a Waikato farm consultant says.

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  • Rain helps but pressure still on

    Chris Lewis’s Waikato pasture went from drought brown to a greenish tinge after 32mm of rain last week, but with winter around the corner the Pukeatua farmer is in a race against the clock.

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  • Wheat disaster levy vote delayed

    Preparation is under way for the wheat insurance commodity levy referendum.

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  • Welcome rain brings nitrate risk

    Rain is welcome as the dry weather affects pasture growth in many regions but it brings the danger of nitrate poisoning in stock, Ballance science manager Aaron Stafford warns.

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Fonterra beefs up its UHT capacity at Waitoa plant

Fonterra’s new $126 million UHT plant at Waitoa will double its capacity to more than 100m litres a year when its starts packaging commercial products this month.

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  • Growing case for water storage

    Local and central government can expect new pressure to assist onfarm water storage projects as drought bites hard in New Zealand’s dairying capital, Waikato, for the second year running.

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  • Shears champ targets world title

    Victory at the Golden Shears is the pinnacle of shearing achievement in New Zealand. Each year the title is hard fought, with everything left on the board. Rebecca Harper spoke to this year’s winner, Rowland Smith.

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  • Tepid demand at Hawarden fair

    The Friday of the Hawarden ewe fair was notable for buyers making fairly short-term choices in a market that wasn’t brimming with demand.

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  • Top man Cam

    Working hard and getting involved come naturally to Massey University ag science student Cameron Black from Southland.

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