Sally Rae

Growth forecast for primary exports

Growth forecast for primary exports

Primary sector exports are forecast to grow again at 3% for the year to June 2017, with an expectation that global agricultural markets will "turn a corner'' next year.

Whole milk powder falls again

Whole milk powder prices, the biggest contributor to Fonterra's farm-gate milk price, had their second consecutive fall in this week's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

NZ dollar rise puts further pressure on wool prices

A rise in the New Zealand dollar placed further pressure to hold previous sale levels at yesterday's South Island wool sale.

PGW exceeds expectations

PGW exceeds expectations

Rural services company PGG Wrightson has increased its full-year operating profit guidance despite challenging conditions in the farming sector.

Call to examine farming's future

Call to examine farming's future

A call has been made for the creation of an independent body to enable the "hard conversations'' New Zealand needs to have over its primary sector.

Virtual studies a world first

Virtual studies a world first

From the outside, it appears to be a fairly nondescript building on the University of Otago campus.

Old meets new on China’s farms

Old meets new on China’s farms

The vast region of Inner Mongolia is an important agricultural producer in China. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae pays a visit.

Meeting the market

Meeting the market

A group of Silver Fern Farms supplier shareholders, led by chairman Rob Hewett, recently flew to China, visiting Shanghai, Inner Mongolia and Beijing. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae joined the group to learn more about opportunities, and challenges, in the country. 

Fonterra governance change fails but momentum remains

Plans to change Fonterra's governance and representation model have been thwarted by farmer shareholders, with the vote failing to reach the required 75% threshold.

Chilled meat market to come

Chilled meat market to come

Chilled meat exports to China are likely to be "some time away yet'', Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett says.