Becci Bishop is something of a globe-trotting vet.
Admittedly, there was a little sibling rivalry when the High
Country Hillbillies took on the Gumboot Girls - and the rest
of New Zealand - in the TeenAg national final.
Farmer consultation has officially been launched before
October's referendum seeking to reintroduce a wool levy.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Dairy commodity prices are predicted to stay in a trough
period for another three to six months.
King Country farmer William Oliver's belief in the consumer
stemmed from his time studying at the University of Otago.
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