Everything under review as Fonterra talks to staff

Fonterra has begun consultation with workers on proposals to streamline its business structures, which chief executive Theo Spierings has said will lead to job cuts.

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  • Cull kill doubles

    Milk processors could face a second successive season of declining milk volumes as dairy farmers double the number of cows culled in response to low prices.

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  • Gaping hole greets new season

    Before most cows have even calved the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) product prices suggest the 2015-16 season could be a disaster for New Zealand dairy farmers.

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  • Farmers face long flood clean-up

    Access to many farms is still a major issue two weeks after floodwaters swept through large parts of Taranaki, Whanganui and Manawatu.

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  • Better tax system needed for NZ

    New Zealand’s high level of private debt is a risk to the economy, according to a leading bank economist.

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From the ridge – A duty of care for each other

“Now is the winter of our discontent.”

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Shareholder body supports Fonterra review

The body representing Fonterra shareholders is supporting a review of all aspects of the co-operative’s business but says it was not prompted by the dairy sector’s current difficulties.

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  • Feilding sale July 3

    A yarding of 3750 scanned in lamb ewes kicked off the sale at Feilding on Friday. The quality offered was only of medium or worse. If killing space was more readily available, many of the ewes would be better off going to the works. Top money was $115 for 77 mixed age ewes scanned in-lamb at 160%.

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  • Matawhero sale July 3

    Greater than advertised numbers turned up to Friday’s sale at Matawhero with a yarding of 4190 head.

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  • Kiwi bounces back as US jobs data falters

    The New Zealand dollar rebounded from a fresh five-year low overnight after the United States dollar weakened following disappointing US jobs data.

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  • Canterbury Park sale June 30

    The market remained firm for a medium yarding of about 1000 prime lambs at Canterbury Park on Tuesday. Heavy lambs made $120-$120. Good lambs fetched $105-$117. Medium types made $90-$100, light $75-$88.

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Keeping positive despite the odds

This year’s South Island Dairy Event saw about 500 attend the three-day conference at Lincoln University.

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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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Support pledged for flood affected farmers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event.

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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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