Farming News

Farmer sells in disgust at $50k rates

Bill Burrill. Photo by NZ Herald

'Horrific" Auckland Council rates of nearly $50,000 a year on land still being grazed by livestock prompted the $37.9 million sale of one of the city's largest land lots.

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

Producers urged to capitalise on trade deal

he Taiwanese free trade agreement, which was signed last December, was the topic of the most recent Central Otago Export Forum, held in Cromwell last week.

Dairy prices stabilising

Dairy prices stabilising

International dairy prices showed signs of stabilising at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, with the GDT price index easing by just 0.3 per cent from the last sale in mid October.

Uruguay link still strong

Uruguay link still strong

Back in the 1960s, a young Enrique Larraechea, from Uruguay, visited the Robertson family in West Otago and bought a Romney ram.

Auction live stream gains good response

Auction live stream gains good response

Farmers have an opportunity to watch their wool being sold at the South Island wool sale in Christchurch - without having to leave home.

Research budget up to $18 million for year

Research and development is a top priority for DairyNZ in the coming year, chief executive Tim Mackle says.

Studholme applies to expand plant

Studholme applies to expand plant

Fonterra's milk factory in Studholme, near Waimate, is likely to get a big boost.

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

Maintaining skilled workforce key issue

People are the ''real key challenge'' for the dairy industry in South Canterbury, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says.

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

$5.3 billion exports of meat scrutinised

New Zealand's meat exports earned a record $5.3 billion in 2013-14, thanks to high average values.

Markets need tailored approaches

Markets need tailored approaches

Ranfurly farmer Dawn Sangster is a woman of many trades and talents, one being an elected member of the Beef and Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ) Central South Island farmer council, the other as an Alliance Group director and in what time she has left, a farmer in the Maniototo.

Wool levy vote worthwhile

Wool  levy vote worthwhile

The wool levy referendum may have revealed divisions among farmers, but both sides agree it was well worthwhile.

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

A North Canterbury-bred alpaca made history earlier this month

Stoneleigh Valentino, a 5-year-old white male huacaya alpaca bred by Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka, near Rangiora, was named supreme champion huacaya alpaca at the National Alpaca Expo at Christchurch earlier this month.

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

World meat markets meritattention, targeted efforts

Market diversification is essential for the future of New Zealand's meat exports, Alliance Group chief executive Grant Cuff says.

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

Ellesmere celebrates heritage and produce

The Ellesmere A&P Show celebrated everything the district has to offer from the ''Paddock to Plate'' and beyond on Saturday, October 18. 

Call to fund study of rural suicide

Call to fund study of rural suicide

More research needs to be done on the reasons behind New Zealand's farmer suicide rate, both for men and women, New Zealand Federated Farmers' (NZFF) health and safety spokeswoman Katie Milne says. In a recent press release she said statistics showed 169 farmers had committed suicide since 2007-08.

Proposed ripening device world first

Proposed ripening device world first

New Zealand scientists are studying the use of a remotely-activated device to start the process of ripening in packaged fruit and vegetables. YVONNE O'HARA reports.

Syndicate content