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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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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Charlton sale October 23

A quality yarding of prime stock was on offer at Charlton on Thursday, and met solid demand with very heavy lambs achieving $160, Zac Andrews of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Feilding sale October 24

    The long weekend provided no incentive to vendors to yard stock for sale at Feilding on Friday, with the sheep offering very small. There was a moderate yarding of generally only moderate cattle with exception of some reasonable yearling Friesian bulls.

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  • Matawhero sale October 24

    Although there was no sale last week because of the A & P Show, still only 428 total sheep turned up at Matawhero on Friday. Old season lambs have been doing very well and many of the region’s farmers seem to have chosen to kill their lambs directly, rather than sell store.

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  • Kaikohe sale October 22

    A slightly larger yarding of 680 head of cattle was sold at Kaikohe on Wednesday, with small lift in prices displayed across most classes, Vaughan Vujcich of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Temuka sale October 20

    At the prime cattle sale at Temuka on Monday values were up across all categories, with prime steers lifting 3-5c/kg, heifers up 3-7c/kg, bulls up 9-14c/kg and cows better by 5c/kg in a sale that attracted good demand for quality prime stock, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins reported.

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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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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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  • Agri sectors call for strong TTP outcome

    Agri-food producers and food processor groups from Canada, Australia and New Zealand are calling for negotiators to maintain a strong sense of purpose in the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Australia this week.

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  • Catch-22 for dam project

    Tasman District Council’s Waimea dam project needs government support, according to Federated Farmers.

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  • Kidd replaces Wilson at DWN

    Dairy Women’s Network chairwoman Michelle Wilson stepped down from her role at the network’s annual meeting last week.

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  • Child safety provision is spooking farmers

    Responsibility for children’s onfarm safety is an issue spooking farmers in looming new workplace health and safety law, which extends that duty of care to farm workers’ children.

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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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