Farming News

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.

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.

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