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Report card: Could do better

Fonterra’s Shareholders Council has told the co-operative’s directors and senior management the recent interim results were below the council’s expectations.

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Nervous wait on backlogs

The United States’ emergence from its economic slumber looks certain to rev up beef prices again this year. First though, large inventories built up during last year’s ports strike will need to be worked through. 

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  • Leading light lost

    This country’s beef industry lost one of its leading lights with the sudden death of Lindsay Haugh last month. The North Canterbury farmer’s enthusiasm for cattle breeding was reflected in the measurable progress he made in the commercial Angus beef breeding herd he ran on The Sisters, the Haugh family’s farm at Parnassus.

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  • Wild about Angus

    The Wilding family tradition of Angus breeding is continuing into the fourth generation. Tim and Katie Wilding of Te Mania Angus in North Canterbury have welcomed home their sons William and Sam this year.

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  • Eco burgers to go

    McDonald’s is working with New Zealand’s beef industry to determine how best to produce “verified sustainable beef” in the medium term.

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  • Terraced finishing

    Cathy Douglas plays a game of two halves, although at times life seems more like a juggling act than a controlled operation.The game of two halves sees a Friesian weaner bull growing and finishing operation in summer flipped and changed out for a weight-gain contract or trading lamb finishing over winter.

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Livestock online

*Problem:* Stock agents have details of their lines of stock for sale in their notebooks and their heads – why can’t the pictures and details be instantly up on the internet for everyone to see them?

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Old dog, new tricks

Almost half of New Zealand’s top 50 bulls are linked back to Raeden Jackson’s Valden Holstein Friesian Stud, with 22 descending from either the Valden Curious Paladium or Valden-Hi Applause families. *Sheryl Brown* visited the 73-year-old dairy farmer who uses the latest technology in embryo transfers to accelerate the onfarm breeding programme.

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  • Newest co-op comes into being

    The country’ newest co-operative has been created in Taupo with 34 organic dairy farmers signing up to join the Organic Dairy Hub Co-operative of New Zealand.

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  • Tips on topping

    In the last three issues in this column I have been discussing aspects of maintaining and improving pasture quality – particularly over summer and autumn.

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  • No excuse not to be involved

    Dairying has always been a risky business. Weather, milk prices and animal health issues are all unpredictable and the effect they can have on an individual enterprise is sometimes even more so.

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