Brazil's beef industry is intent on lifting productivity to
increase competitiveness in global markets.
Stock exclusion from waterways may prove more contentious for
meat and fibre farmers than the implications of the Otago
Regional Council's 6A water quality plan, Federated Farmers
Otago meat and fibre chairman Simon McAtamney believes.
Staff at AgResearch Invermay are looking at other ways,
beyond just fencing off waterways, to help improve water
quality on its deer farm.
Fonterra's milk price signalling needs to "drastically''
improve for its farmers.
Water quality, water quantity and local and regional
government remain the principal challenges the collective
agricultural industry faces, Federated Farmers Otago
president Phill Hunt believes.
Dairy industry woes are taking their toll on the national
herd and dairy cattle numbers have registered their first
fall after nine years of consecutive increases.
A "massive" fall in the venison kill in the first quarter of
this year is creating some major issues in both processing
and marketing in the industry.
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