The red-meat sector is showing signs of putting decades of
low profits and lack of reinvestment behind it and regaining
a starring role in the New Zealand economy.
Federated Farmers has joined the call for a halt to the
interest-driving official cash rate (OCR), following the
Reserve Bank's indications it will pause any further hikes.
It is too soon for doom and gloom to be cast over the New
Zealand dairy industry, the executive director of MyFarm, New
Zealand's largest farm investment company, Andrew Watters,
Ashburton company Oil Seed Extractions has been waiting a
long time for a change in legislation which would enable it
to sell food products made from hemp in Australasia.
Compromise and co-operation are being hailed as the main
ingredients in a South Canterbury agreement on nitrogen
Peter Evans laughs and says wryly, ''Farm foresters are a
The quality of New Zealand's rivers is not the sole
responsibility of the rural sector, Federated Farmers
environment spokesman Ian Mackenzie says.
Fodder beet can be a ''game-changer'' for beef farmers.
The environment is set to become a focus for sheep and beef
farmers, so farmers need to learn from the best performers.
Calving is about to get under way and the team at Lincoln is
Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards reinforced to
South Otago couple Brendon and Suzie Bearman they were
''heading in the right direction''.
Dunedin-based AbacusBio and its managing director Neville
Jopson both feature among the finalists in this year's Beef
and Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.
An Environment Southland hearing committee has reserved its
decision on whether Southland meat processor South Pacific
Meats (SPM) can spread effluent on to a larger area of
farmland in northern Southland.
Craig Adams will be hoping it will be a case of third-time
lucky at the National Country Music Awards next month.
The prospect of a breakthrough in a test-tube product said to
be like milk has not got New Zealand farmers shivering in
their Red Bands just yet.
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