Livestock sales lift ALF result

Allied Farmers (ALF) livestock sales were up by 14% in the latest half year and the lull in forward dairy herd sales appears to have ended.

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Pulpit – Farm-owning syndicates growing

Farm syndication is a term that includes equity farming, farm equity partnerships and is used to identify multi-investor farming entities. It is now a major part of the farming industry in New Zealand, Masterton lawyer *Brett Gould* writes.

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  • Alternative View – Political pay

    It’s a hardy annual, MPs’ pay and perks. There’s always a wringing of hands and some weeping and wailing but the show goes on. It’s been like that for decades.

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  • Leave the women to get on with it

    A long time ago when the Earth was young, as the song goes, there was a slogan invented by people in education who wanted more girls to study science and mathematics at secondary schools.

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  • Alternative View - Cake Tin wine not cricket

    Going to see the Black Caps v England Cricket World Cup match on February 20 was a real highlight of more than 50 years of watching live sport.

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  • Meaty Matters - A rare breed in the meat industry

    AFFCO is establishing an encouraging trend among its management ranks with three women in senior roles as plant and technical managers. Ann Nuku and Rebecca Ogg are plant managers of AFFCO Manawatu and Horotiu respectively, while Emma Fitzgerald is the company’s technical manager.

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Feilding sale February 20

The yardings offered at Feilding have been much smaller than recent seasons with fewer than 6000 lambs penned on Friday. In spite of the lack of strength in meat schedules, there is a solid demand building for store lambs and many are waiting for rain to kick crops along.

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  • Stortford lodge weaner fairs and sheep sale March 3, 4

    Hawke’s Bay’s annual weaner fairs at Stortford Lodge produced outstanding results for the yarding of 500 exotic steers on Tuesday and more than 900 traditional steers on Wednesday.

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  • Charlton sale March 5

    A quality line-up of prime lambs was on offer at Charlton on Thursday, selling to a competitive market, David Morrison of PGG Wrightson reported.

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  • Dollar hits new record against euro

    The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the euro ahead of a European Central Bank meeting tonight where it's expected to detail plans for its quantitative easing programme starting this month.

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  • Rongotea sales March 3, 4

    A sale of autumn calving cows and heifers had an enthusiastic buying bench at Rongotea on Tuesday. All were in top condition and were a credit to the vendor, Darryl Harwood of NZ Farmers Livestock reported. Autumn calving cows made $1200-$1600 and R3 maiden heifers fetched $1400-$1700.

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Log prices up as Chinese inventories fall

New Zealand export log prices rose to a nine-month high in January as falling Chinese inventories stoked demand and local returns were bolstered by a decline in the kiwi dollar and lower shipping costs.

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Buoyant mood up north

Northland Agricultural Field Days president Lew Duggan was all smiles with "100 new exhibits and a buoyant mood among farmers" at the 31st annual event held in Dargaville last week.

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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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Poll - Farm Safety Plan

Do you have a comprehensive farm safety plan?

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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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