Co-operation at a strategic level

There could be downstream as well as upstream benefits to Fonterra’s $615 million deal with Chinese infant food manufacturer Beingmate, starting at the onfarm level in that country.

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  • LIC changes take effect

    Changes to LIC’s constitution approved by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy bring the establishment of a new dairy industry database a step closer.

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  • Fungi might add to forestry’s fortunes

    Scientists could open up new opportunities for the forestry industry following recent research into the cultivation and commercialisation of two edible fungi crops, saffron milk cap and Bianchetto truffle.

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  • Export volumes and prices fall

    Meat, forestry, and dairy exports all fell in the quarter to June 30, Statistics New Zealand said today.

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  • Get tips on feeding dairy goats

    AgResearch and the Dairy Goat Co-operative are holding a silage workshop at Ruakura for farmers to find out more about the best practices for silage and forage supply for goats.

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Pulpit - Wool wonderful but levy dumb

What has wool done to deserve having the old and failed idea of compulsion visited on it – again?

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Wellsford sales August 25, 26

With plenty of sunshine and an All Black win, buyers of store cattle were in good spirits at Wellsford on Monday, helping the market achieve good values, Grant Pallister of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Manfeild Park calf sale September 1

    The first day of spring saw about 250 calves offered at Manfeild Park. As has become typical, the market was solid for those well-presented and rearable three week old Friesian bull calves with strong bidding for the medium Friesian bull calves as well this time. The market remained strong for the whiteface calves, both bulls and heifers.

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  • Feilding sale September 1

    A big reduction in the sheep yarding could not help prices at Feilding on Monday as bidders weren’t clamouring to buy. This worked against the heavy male hoggets which comprised the bulk of the yarding. Some would not have looked out of place with a saddle on their back and only the serious operators can get away with sending them to works. They continued last week’s easing trend and were down another $5/head. One vendor sold a line for $156, another made $152 and a third $150 – all likely to have been giving $160 a nudge over recent weeks.

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  • Pukekohe sale August 30

    Another outstanding cattle sale was held at Pukekohe on Saturday, Chris Humphrey of Livestock Mart Auctions reported. The sales rostrum was full to capacity with keen buyers for all classes of stock. The best steers sold to $1580 and top heifers made $1650. Boner cows made up to $1370. The only negative point to the sale was the number of very light conditioned cattle coming forward.

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  • Back in black

    Allied Farmers Ltd (ALF) is finally back in the black, with a profit of $1.16 million in its latest year.

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PWC to take 5% buy-in to WEL

Primary Wool Co-operative (PWC) is to take a 5% shareholding in Wool Equities Ltd (WEL) in a move which they believe could be a start of consolidation of the industry.

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Farm given for nation’s future

Benefactors Jim and Diana Howard and their family have left a legacy for the future of sheep and beef farming and the economy with the establishment of their historic Westoe property as a training and demonstration farm.

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Milk cheque to fill cancer fund

A small snip off the monthly milk cheque may help New Zealand scientists advance breast cancer research faster and further in coming years.

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Poll - Beingmate deal

Fonterra’s deal with Beingmate is:

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Farmers ready for storm

Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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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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  • Farmers ready for storm

    Farmers in the lower South Island were experiencing the wettest ground conditions in a long time as wild weather coincided with the start of calving.

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  • Glenham Monsters win the 2014 TeenAg race-off

    The 2014 winners of the 2014 TeenAg contest named themselves The Glenham Monsters but in reality were two really practical farm boys from a small college in Central Southland.

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  • Video: Arable farmer fantasy

    Not so long ago the thought of a machine that maps soil texture and organic matter while carrying out instant soil pH tests was the stuff of arable farmer fantasy.

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  • Video: How to survive calving

    DairyNZ says it has had a phenomenal response from farm owners and workers to its calving preparation workshops around the country.

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