MIE gets B+LNZ funding tick

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has approved funding for the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group’s business plan to support red meat sector initiatives.

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  • Red-meat farmers gaining in confidence

    Indications about 84% of sheep and beef farmers are planning to spend on pasture renewal are thought to be on the high side but experts say that’s what the level should be, given the potentially very high returns on investment.

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  • Kuriger to leave DairyNZ

    DairyNZ will seek nominations next month to replace retiring board member Barbara Kuriger.

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  • New nitrogen tool available

    A new model to accurately predict pasture responses to nitrogen is now available.

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  • Dairy culture changes

    A reduction in the number of dairy farmers prosecuted for environmental rules breaches shows a genuine change in industry culture, Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston says.

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Skills key to future success

Sharemilkers will always be among us but the future pathway to farm ownership will be through the classroom, sector veterans say.

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Pulpit - A realistic alternative to the dam

From reading articles in your June 30 edition and Hawke’s Bay newspapers, it seems Ruataniwha Dam is seen as the all-encompassing solution to Central Hawke’s Bay’s economic woes. 

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Stortford Lodge sale July 23

The continuing bitterly cold southerly weather did not deter buyers wanting shorter term cattle for the local trade scene later in the year at Stortford Lodge on Wednesday. Meatier, well conditioned lots, especially R2 heifers, were in demand. A good sized entry of yearling steers was a shade neglected and represented very good buying.

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  • Feilding sale July 28

    A lovely mid-winter’s day unfolded in Feilding on Monday after a frosty start and the sheep section, with a reduced entry and more buyers, enjoyed a strong market. With a couple more buyers, prices began at firm levels in comparison to last week then lifted as the sale proceeded.

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  • Little change as investors await US news

    The New Zealand dollar was little changed from the New York close as investors prepare for a heavy news flow from the US including the Federal Reserve's latest policy review and an economic growth reading, capped off with employment figures at the end of the week.

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  • Feilding sale July 25

    Fewer than 8000 lambs must have startled the buyers as they clamoured to bid on them at Feilding on Friday. The overall quality was not high, further emphasising the strength in the market. The yarding was the smallest for the season to date and with many buyers from outside the region looking to fill loads prices were high. Top money of the day was $132.50 paid for 63 big woolly male lambs and another line of 99 male lambs made $126.50. The usual $10/head discount for ewe lambs was squeezed back to only a couple of dollars this week as buyers switched to the comparatively cheaper ewe lambs. The best of the ewe lambs made $112.50 each and not many sold for less than $100.

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  • Matawhero sale July 25

    The store lamb market at Matawhero continues to strengthen in spite of a very cold period. A yarding of 2335 store lambs on Friday, out of a total yarding of just on 2800 head, contained many good lines from 35-44kg.

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Sheep-sector revival

Mid Canterbury sheep farmer Ken Wragg watched with mixed emotion as the last of his capital stock ewes went to the auctioneer’s call.

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  • Dairy culture changes

    A reduction in the number of dairy farmers prosecuted for environmental rules breaches shows a genuine change in industry culture, Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston says.

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  • MIE gets B+LNZ funding tick

    Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has approved funding for the Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) group’s business plan to support red meat sector initiatives.

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  • TPP best hope to end tariffs

    Regional trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and larger deals that might spring from them, loom as the best option for eliminating tariffs eating into New Zealand’s agricultural export returns.

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  • Cuff stepping down from Alliance

    Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff will step down in December, after the company’s annual meeting.

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More immigrant workers and programme for Kiwis

A new programme to get more Kiwis into seasonal work has been launched at the same time as the Government has raised the limit on immigrant workers.

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Study to look at wind damage on irrigators

Canterbury irrigators are urged to tell their story after last year’s devastating spring winds, which upturned 800 irrigators, leaving a multi-million dollar trail of destruction.

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Work starts on Northland flood clean-up

Task Force Green work teams will begin clearing up this week after prolonged storms and floods in Northland.

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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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  • 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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  • Kidd takes crown

    David Kidd was crowned ANZ Young Farmer champion in Christchurch on Saturday.

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  • High inputs and robots

    Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene farm looks set to become home to a 60ha robotic dairy farm and a 100ha high-input dairy unit with a housing facility.

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