Wallace Corp takeover boosts SFF’s US quota

The takeover of the Wallace Corporation beef-processing business in 2011-12 pushed Silver Fern Farms further ahead as the biggest exporter to the United States.

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Pulpit - National not serving farmers well

If I went to a Federated Farmers meeting and wanted to get laughed out of the room, I know just what to say.

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Balclutha sale September 17

Prime lambs eased in price at Balclutha from the previous week’s sale mainly because of the quality on offer, Gerard Shea of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Charlton sale September 18

    Heavy prime lambs were back by approximately $10 per head at Charlton on Thursday, Zac Andrews of PGG Wrightson reported. 

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  • Stortford Lodge sale September 17

    Tallies of both sheep and cattle may have been lower at Stortford Lodge on Wednesday but knock-down prices continue their upward thrust. 

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  • Stratford sale September 17

    At the Stratford sale on Wednesday, prime Hereford-Friesian ox, 650kg, made $2.76/kgLW; Hereford-cross, 590kg, $2.68/kgLW; Angus-Friesian, 745kg, $2.74/kgLW.

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  • Lorneville sale September 16

    There was a large yarding of prime cattle consisting of mainly cows at Lorneville on Tuesday, PGG Wrightson livestock representatives reported. The yarding sold on a strong market.

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Dairy prices level out in latest auction

Dairy product prices rose in the latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, inching higher from the lowest level since July 2012, as declines in butter milk powder and cheddar were offset by gains in rennet casein and skim milk powder.

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  • Record prices come in low season

    United States manufacturing beef prices have reached record levels but it’s happening during the low season for processing in New Zealand, meaning farmers can’t take full advantage.

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  • Good times roll for beef farmers

    Tony Brown has been farming beef cattle for more than 50 years and now is one of the best times he can remember.

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  • Key welcomes Danone investment

    If global dairy-processing company Danone Nutricia had not been interested in investing in New Zealand the slack would not have been picked up by another company, Prime Minister John Key says.

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  • Mating heifers beefs up returns, farmers told

    About 45% of New Zealand beef farmers are missing out on the opportunity to add 12% net return each year by not mating their heifers to calve as two-year-olds, AgFirst Hastings consultant Phil Tither says.

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Taking farming to the cloud

Gretchen Bunny, the woman behind AgRecord, sees the difference technology can make to the way we farm. Rebecca Harper talked to her about her journey to the forefront of farming software.

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It’s not all about the money

Environmental stewardship is trumping the drive for big returns, a report from Lincoln University says.

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Poll - Trainees

Trainees are coming out of industry courses:

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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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  • Emergency checklist

    How would you feed your stock if an unexpected snowfall blanketed the farm for a week?

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  • Another expensive claims year

    This year is likely to be one of the most expensive for weather-related insurance claims but has not reached last year’s total of $175 million.

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  • South Island needs rain

    Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues.

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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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