Farming News

Alliance in good shape, Donald says

Alliance in good shape, Donald says

He's been sitting around the board table at Alliance Group for 24 years but Murray Donald has finally called time.

Dairy hub delayed

The Southern Dairy Hub project is delaying the start of milk supply until 2017-18 as a suitable farm has not yet been secured.

World dairy prices down again

World dairy prices down again

The chances of an upgrade in Fonterra's farmgate milk price forecast became more remote this morning after world dairy prices fell by by 7.4% at the GlobalDairyTrade auction. The decline was sharper than futures market pricing had suggested.

Dairy prices, lamb returns drive optimism

Dairy prices, lamb returns drive optimism

Some encouraging signs have emerged from the latest ASB Farmshed Economics report with dairy markets moving back towards normal and lamb a quiet achiever.

Farmers urged to look closely at plan

Farmers urged to look closely at plan

The 1600-page second generation district plan (2GP) is a heavy document whichever way you look at it, but its spring arrival has made it particularly cumbersome for Dunedin's farmers, a rural landowner says.

Young Farmers weekend deemed a hit

Young Farmers weekend deemed a hit

An inaugural Young Farmers Otago-Southland regional weekend has been declared a resounding success.

Contest continues to hold appeal

Contest continues to hold appeal

Chris Pemberton was just a lad when he competed in the Young Farmers Contest.

Give it a go, rural youth advised

Give it a go, rural youth advised

Young Farmers is about ''getting out there and giving it a go''.

Alliance all ears, returning to its roots

Alliance all ears, returning to its roots Alliance Group is getting back to its roots.

Values to be tested

The upcoming main marketing period for farm sales will test the effect of reduced dairy incomes on the property market.

Prosecutions over farm effluent

Prosecutions over farm effluent

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.

Robotic cutters go into boning rooms

Robotic cutters go into boning rooms

Alliance Group is spending $15million in robotic technology destined for the boning rooms of its Smithfield and Pukeuri plants.

SFF-Shanghai Maling deal support

SFF-Shanghai Maling deal support

Ross Hay just wants to see change in the red meat industry.

Jail for 'sadistic' treatment of cows

Jail for 'sadistic' treatment of cows

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.

Primary sector to benefit from TPP

Primary sector to benefit from TPP

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.

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