Sally Rae

Farmers urged to vote on renewed wool levy

Farmer consultation has officially been launched before October's referendum seeking to reintroduce a wool levy.

Better understanding, communication needed

Better understanding, communication needed

Better communication and understanding within the red meat industry is needed to see better returns, outgoing Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairwoman Jeanette Maxwell says.

Dairying's eco-impact downplayed

Dairying's eco-impact downplayed

Hundreds of small communities, who rely on the dairy industry, risk being ''strangled'' if unrealistically hard nutrient limits are set, Federated Farmers outgoing dairy chairman Willy Leferink has warned.

Dairy prices dropping again after previous blip

Dairy price declines have resumed with a 4.9% fall in this week's GlobalDairyTrade auction, putting pressure on Fonterra's milk price forecast for the new season.

Meat plants vulnerable

Meat plants vulnerable

Some meat plants could be closed if the cost of upgrading to meet new water management limits proves prohibitive, the Meat Industry Association (MIA) is warning.

Squalor atypical: NZ Pork

Squalor atypical: NZ Pork

Secretly filmed footage showing what has been described as ''disgusting and squalid'' conditions at a Canterbury pig farm is not typical of the wider pork industry, industry leaders say.

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy recovery anticipated – by Christmas

Dairy commodity prices are predicted to stay in a trough period for another three to six months.

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

Focus on consumers behind Pasture to Plate success

King Country farmer William Oliver's belief in the consumer stemmed from his time studying at the University of Otago.

On the right path, award finalist says

On the right path, award finalist says

Maniototo farmer David Crutchley is a finalist in the inaugural Green Agriculture Innovation Awards.

Taking Kiwi flavours to the world

Taking Kiwi flavours to the world

The Seriously Good Chocolate Company in Invercargill stemmed from one woman's attempts to cheer up her hairdresser by making some chocolate truffles. Now Jane Stanton is exporting a taste of New Zealand to the world, as business reporter Sally Rae reports.