Sally Rae

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.

Group’s visit confirms SFF joint venture 'real leg-up'

Group’s visit confirms SFF joint venture 'real leg-up'

A visit to China has highlighted that the Silver Fern Farms-Shanghai Maling joint venture is a "real leg-up'' into the market, Federated Farmers meat and fibre president Rick Powdrell says.

'Vicious' online trading in China

"E-commerce sounds easy. But when you do it, it's tough.''

King of swedes

King of swedes

Hindon farmer Matt Sutton has shown he has what it takes to grow a prizewinning crop of swedes.

Meat, dairy lead manufacturing sales decline

Meat, dairy lead manufacturing sales decline

Meat and dairy products led the fall in total manufacturing sales in the March quarter.

MPI happy to continue talks on raw milk options

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it is happy to continue discussions with Port Chalmers dairy farmer Merrall MacNeille over options for his milk.