New season $5.25/kg MS comes with a caution

Fonterra has set the opening farmgate milk price for next season at $5.25 and cut this season’s price another 10 cents to $4.40/kg milksolids (MS).

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  • Synlait’s tough road to riches

    Potential riches bypassing Synlait became apparent a year after the Canterbury company opened its milk drying plant.

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  • Adding value takes time, money

    The Government has a goal of doubling exports by 2025 but that won’t be achieved unless we sell more value-added products. *Neal Wallace* begins a series looking at how exporters are adding value and what others need to do to reduce our dependence on commodities.

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  • TAF proves a resounding success

    Trading Among Farmers has stood up remarkably well given the strains of extreme volatility in dairy prices, Fonterra chairman John Wilson says.

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  • Planning becomes essential

    Huge price volatility over the past two seasons makes planning and budgeting for farmers hugely difficult, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard says.

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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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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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  • Feilding sale May 29

    The sale at Feilding on Friday had two contrasting sections. The sheep yards had most pens occupied, although not too many of them full, but the cattle yards were not overwhelmed with numbers or quality with an odds and sods offering.

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  • Many farmers won’t break even

    It’s going to be a very lean year and many farmers won’t cover expenses with the latest drop in Fonterra’s milk payout to $4.40 and the forecast $5.25/kg MS for next season, South Canterbury dairy chairman Ryan O’Sullivan says.

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  • ‘We’ve done our best’

    Oversupply in world markets and an 8% increase in its April milk flows made an unwelcome contribution to Fonterra’s latest price forecasts.

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  • Matawhero sale May 29

    A small sale of just 1622 head at Matawhero on Friday produced some interesting results.

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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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  • Synlait’s tough road to riches

    Potential riches bypassing Synlait became apparent a year after the Canterbury company opened its milk drying plant.

    Read more…

  • Adding value takes time, money

    The Government has a goal of doubling exports by 2025 but that won’t be achieved unless we sell more value-added products. *Neal Wallace* begins a series looking at how exporters are adding value and what others need to do to reduce our dependence on commodities.

    Read more…

  • TAF proves a resounding success

    Trading Among Farmers has stood up remarkably well given the strains of extreme volatility in dairy prices, Fonterra chairman John Wilson says.

    Read more…

  • Planning becomes essential

    Huge price volatility over the past two seasons makes planning and budgeting for farmers hugely difficult, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard says.

    Read more…

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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