Japan to reduce beef tariffs

Japan looks set to extend its offer to the United States to slash tariffs on imported beef in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade talks to New Zealand.

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Alternative view – Following the trade winds

I recently wrote a Farmers Weekly column on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and received a lot of feedback on it. Most of it was on the implications of the TPP on our trade with China.

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Shareholder body supports Fonterra review

The body representing Fonterra shareholders is supporting a review of all aspects of the co-operative’s business but says it was not prompted by the dairy sector’s current difficulties.

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  • Lorneville sale July 28

    A small yarding of prime cattle sold strongly at Lorneville on Tuesday. Good steers, 500-600kg, traded at $2.75-$2.85/kgLW. Medium heifers, 360-380kg, fetched $2.40-$2.60/kgLW. Good cows, 600-700kg, made $1.90/kgLW, medium cows, 400-500kg, $1.60-$1.70/kgLW.

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  • Pukekohe sale July 25

    A large yarding of cattle at Pukekohe on Saturday brought a very large crowd of buyers and those just enjoying the sales atmosphere. Good quality cattle continued to sell extra well, with medium steers to $1550, heifers $1660, bulls $1750 and cows $1540. In the younger cattle department, some very nice yearling heifers sold to $800 and very small whiteface steers $470.

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  • NZ fruit exports ripen to $2 billion

    The annual value of fruit exports reached an all-time high of $2 billion in the year ended June 2015, Statistics New Zealand says.

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  • Manfeild Park calf sale July 27

    Selling agents reported a very buoyant market for 265 calves at Manfeild Park on Monday.

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Keeping positive despite the odds

This year’s South Island Dairy Event saw about 500 attend the three-day conference at Lincoln University.

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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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Support pledged for flood affected farmers

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has declared the flooding in the lower North Island as being a medium-scale adverse event.

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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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