Farming News

Otago farmer to stand for Farmlands position

Otago farmer to stand for Farmlands position

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, Farmlands.

Farm skills for youth

Farm skills for youth

The prospect of getting out of bed at 5am to gain work experience on a dairy farm does not bother Caleb Unahi.

Staff on research farm also face water plan challenges

Staff on research farm also face water plan challenges

It's not just farmers who are grappling with the implications of the Otago Regional Council's water plan change 6A.

Champion to step down as Beef and Lamb CEO

Champion to step down as Beef and Lamb CEO

Beef and Lamb New Zealand chief executive Dr Scott Champion is stepping down after nearly 10 years with the organisation.

Tussock-planting earns school $5000

Tussock-planting earns school $5000

Planting tussocks around the turbines at the Mahinerangi Wind Farm has boosted the coffers at Lee Stream School.

Crossbred slips slightly, finer wools hold

Prices at last week's South Island wool sale were slightly cheaper for crossbred fleece but stayed firm for wools finer than 34 micron.

$70m damage bill for North Is flooding

$70m damage bill for North Is flooding

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.

Price rise welcomed but farmers still hurting

Price rise welcomed but farmers still hurting

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.

Fonterra ups payout after $506m profit

Fonterra ups payout after $506m profit

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.

Trade pact with EU advocated

Trade pact with EU advocated

International trade between New Zealand and the European Union should be freed up, BusinessNZ chief executive Phil O'Reilly says.

Test to put value on good genetics

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics is launching a progeny test to put a dollar value on the extra profit that can be added to the dairy beef supply chain by using good beef genetics.

Factory expands in 'leap year'

Factory expands in 'leap year'

The addition of three further milk processing plants to Fonterra's Edendale factory - already the largest in the world by volume - means Fonterra can make a wider range of products and respond more quickly to demand, managing director of global operations Robert Spurway says.

Dairy prices continue surge

Dairy prices continue surge

Dairy prices surged sharply higher for the third time in a row at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, GDT price index rising by 16.5% since the last sale early this month.

Dairy farm effluent risk list issued by ORC

Dairy farm effluent risk list issued by ORC

A list of farms at risk of breaching environmental rules has been provided to dairy industry representatives, an Otago Regional Council report says.

Sheep meat marketing needs focus on premium

Sheep meat marketing needs focus on premium

Softening demand for sheepmeat in China and Europe should be prompting New Zealand to prioritise getting premium chilled lamb cuts in China, and to also look further afield to new Middle Eastern markets.

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