Westland lifts payout forecast

Westland Milk Products has lifted its prediction for the 2015-16 season to $5.60-$6/kg milksolids (MS) but chief executive Rod Quin says the New Zealand dairy industry is in “uncharted territory”.

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Alternative view – Research key for export gold

I was both interested and heartened to read that the Budget was going to invest $25 million over three years in regional research hubs.

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  • From the ridge – Smart women make an impression

    Last week I gave you a bit of a rundown on a few of the speakers at the AgInnovation conference run by Beef + Lamb in Palmerston North recently but there were many other good presentations worthy of a mention.

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  • Editorial – Budget moves hold promise

    It has been a year since the Government released its vision for primary sector capability, which outlined the 50,000 new people New Zealand will need to service the industry in the coming years.

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  • Pulpit – Strategy leaves farmers worse off

    While much is being written about Auckland’s hysterical, stratospherical and inevitably deflatable housing bubble and politicians talk of “the supply problem”, blithely ignoring its inextricable link with demand, those who live “in the regions” have their own problem – dairy.

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  • Meaty matters – Surveyor backs co-operative line

    Four months into his new job as chief executive of Alliance, David Surveyor really loves the challenge of heading a global business which is so crucial to farmers, consumers and New Zealand as a whole. 

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Loss warning for carpet company

Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation now expects to make a loss this financial year as a result of asset value writedowns made as part of a new strategy and business plan.

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Big future seen for Muslim markets

Halal lamb exports from Britain are becoming an increasingly important part of maintaining farmgate prices.

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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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Caution not panic in kill plans

Farmers are taking a cautious line on stock for processing during an increasingly dry summer, booking them for two to three weeks ahead.

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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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