The upcoming main marketing period for farm sales will test
the effect of reduced dairy incomes on the property market.
Eight prosecutions have been undertaken and 20 infringement
notices issued after non-compliance with Otago dairy farm
effluent discharge rules reached its ''second-worst'' level
in recent years.
Alliance Group is spending $15million in robotic technology
destined for the boning rooms of its Smithfield and Pukeuri
Ross Hay just wants to see change in the red meat industry.
A former Westport dairy farm manager who admitted his guilt
to the "sadistic" ill- treatment of hundreds of dairy cows
was yesterday jailed for four-and-a-half years.
New Zealand's primary sector looks to have come out of the
Trans Pacific Partnership agreement favourably, with the
notable exception of the country's biggest export - dairy.
West Otago farmer and Silver Fern Farms shareholder Allan
Richardson is to stand for a position as a South Island
director for the national rural supplies cooperative,
The prospect of getting out of bed at 5am to gain work
experience on a dairy farm does not bother Caleb Unahi.
It's not just farmers who are grappling with the implications
of the Otago Regional Council's water plan change 6A.
Prices at last week's South Island wool sale were slightly
cheaper for crossbred fleece but stayed firm for wools finer
than 34 micron.
Planting tussocks around the turbines at the Mahinerangi Wind
Farm has boosted the coffers at Lee Stream School.
Beef and Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Champion
is stepping down after nearly 10 years with the organisation.
Flooding that affected the western North Island earlier this
year caused about $70 million worth of damage to up to 800
rural properties, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.
Dairy farmers have finally received some good news with a 75c
increase in Fonterra's forecast farmgate milk price for this
season, bumping it up to $4.60.
Dairy giant Fonterra says
its net profit after tax came to $506 million in the year to
July 31, up 183% from the previous year's profit, and has
raised its forecast payout for the current season.
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