Better position to enable reform

Silver Fern Farms shareholders could have a vote on the eventual issue of new shares, depending on the option chosen for raising capital, chairman Rob Hewett says.

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  • Westland proposes new share structure

    Westland Milk Products, the country’s second biggest dairy co-operative, is proposing a new capital structure to issue shareholder farmers with investment shares annually, on top of the existing milk shares.

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  • New scholars to take on world

    This year’s Nuffield scholarship winners are a diverse group of rural New Zealanders active in their communities.

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  • Chasing cowboys out of forests

    A broad safety review of the forestry sector promises major changes to how the industry approaches safety and is welcomed by farm foresters and contractors alike.

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  • Safety review calls for reform

    Better law, leadership, communication, guidance and enforcement standards are all called for in the wide-ranging Independent Forestry Safety Review.

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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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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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  • Feilding sale October 31

    It’s time to open a good bottle of red wine to mark the beef schedule passing $6/kg, a level many thought unlikely if not impossible only a few weeks ago and were prepared to bet on it. The action at Feilding on Friday was all about cattle,  with a brief sheep sale finishing nearly before the big cattle sale began.

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  • Matawhero sale October 31

    It took less than thirty minutes to sell the entire offering of just 135 sheep at Matawhero on Friday.

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  • Kiwi dollar climbs against US

    The New Zealand dollar advanced as investors shied away from placing further bets that the greenback would rise.

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  • Stratford weaner dairy-beef sale October 30

    The first Stratford weaner dairy beef sale for spring was held on Thursday.

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Dairy stays firm on scrapping tariffs

The dairy industry has reiterated its willingness to compromise in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the timing of tariff reductions but said it is not prepared to budge on its bottom line of them being scrapped entirely.

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Families feature in farming finals

Four finalists, all family-owned businesses, have been named for the 2014 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Year competition.

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  • New scholars to take on world

    This year’s Nuffield scholarship winners are a diverse group of rural New Zealanders active in their communities.

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  • Shemozzle going to the dogs

    About 100 shepherd and Huntaway dog teams will take part in a test of skill, stamina and speed as part of the Shepherd’s Shemozzle at the annual Hunterville Huntaway Festival this Saturday.

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  • Truckies face railroading from act

    The prospect of instant fines and an expectation that a livestock truck driver should be able to recognise mastitis or metabolic disease in an animal they are being asked to carry has the transport industry steamed up.

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  • Speakers promote farming well-being

    The next Beyond Reasonable Drought presentation series is about to begin with the latest topic focused on wealth and well-being.

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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 - Meat companies

Are meat companies doing enough to address over-capacity?

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Wind damages irrigators in Mid Canterbury

Several irrigators in the foothills of Mid Canterbury were expected to be out of action for a few days after being toppled by gusty northwest winds on Thursday.

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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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