Sally Rae

Reality damps rural outlook

Worries about the deteriorating global economy, along with concerns about the sustainability of high agricultural commodity prices, have put a dent in New Zealand farmer confidence.

Fonterra cuts forecast milk payout

Fonterra cuts forecast milk payout

Fonterra is dropping its milk payout forecast for the 2011-12 season by 45c, blaming a continued softness in commodity prices and a stronger New Zealand dollar.

Relief, given smooth nip named to mark victory

Relief, given smooth nip named to mark victory

The label says it all - Vindication.

'Bullish' outlook for export beef

New Zealand export beef production is forecast to lift 3% in the 2011-12 season to 588,000 tonnes, of which 70% will come from prime cattle production, Rabobank's latest beef quarterly says.

Maniototo farmer could become Alliance's third woman director

Maniototo farmer could become Alliance's third woman director

Maniototo farmer Dawn Sangster is seeking a place on the Alliance Group board, motivated by a desire to contribute to New Zealand's sheep and beef industry and to put newly-honed leadership and governance skills to use.

Time is nearly upon older forests

The deadline is looming for owners of older pre-1990 forests, who have until November 30 to apply for compensation from the Government.

Dunedin agency's French connection

Dunedin agency's French connection

Business is brisk for Yoann and Sandrine Feillet who operate an inbound French-speaking travel agency based in Dunedin. Established in 2004, Antipodes Travel organises custom-built itineraries for individual travellers and small groups, as Sally Rae reports.

New pork outlet a step a head for Havoc

New pork outlet a step a head for Havoc

Havoc has hit High St. Ian and Linda McCallum-Jackson, from free-range pig farm Havoc, at Hunter, near Waimate, have opened a store in Dunedin, opposite the Southern Cross Hotel.

Voting opens in Fonterra councillor elections

Voting is open for Fonterra's board of directors and for the shareholders councillor elections.

Company tours skills and success

Company tours skills and success

Lean Meats has been hitting the road in the South Island, meeting farmers and telling its story.