News from New Zealand

01-09-2014 04:55 AM
Worried dairy owners rally together
Whangarei dairy owners frustrated over frequent armed robberies, are calling on police to ramp up their investigations and planning their next course ...
27-08-2014 04:59 AM
Better prospects for Waikato calf rearers
Prospects may be looking up for calf rearers in the Waikato region after two tough seasons dominated by tough climatic conditions and uncertain prices...
22-08-2014 02:33 AM
Northland farmers facing ruin
At least 30 farmers in mid-Northland are facing financial ruin in the wake of this year's extreme weather events and falling income, while farmers gro...
22-08-2014 02:32 AM
Farmers oppose foreign ownership of NZ farms - survey
A snapshot of farmers' concerns in the run-up to the election has revealed a problem for John Key. The survey, carried out by 3 News, found the maj...
20-08-2014 04:21 AM
Dairy prices flatten at Fonterra auction
Dairy prices were flat at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight, halting a price plunge that has forced Fonterra to cut its payout forecast. ...
19-08-2014 02:06 AM
Ngai Tahu appeal disappoints farmers
Ngai Tahu's $400 million investment in a North Canterbury dairy conversion meant an Environment Court appeal to restrictions on its plans was inevitab...
18-08-2014 02:52 AM
What can farmers do about climate change?
It doesn't matter what your opinion is on climate change, it is happening. The challenge is what we can all do to slow it down. For farmers this...
15-08-2014 05:39 AM
The circus of foreign ownership
The election has suddenly sparked into life. It was not a policy, a pratfall or a stunt, but Shanghai Pengxin Group's Overseas Investment Office (OIO)...
14-08-2014 02:14 AM
New Zealand sees improved cattle returns
Dry conditions in the northern North Island and continued land use change in the South Island saw New Zealand’s sheep numbers decrease 3.2 per cent ov...
13-08-2014 04:33 AM
Dairy owner thwarts robber
A 17-year-old would-be armed robber is in custody awaiting sentence after a brave dairy owner fought back and took his air rifle off him. Alexander...
11-08-2014 01:05 AM
High prices, tight supply good for NZ meat trade
The New Zealand meat industry could look forward to "very positive" overseas markets, with "rock solid" growth in China, according to a United Kingdom...
08-08-2014 01:35 AM
'Crude stats' show foreigners own only 2% of farmland
Prime Minister John Key made an assurance no more than 2 per cent of New Zealand's farmland was foreign-owned as controversy continues over the sale o...
04-08-2014 09:00 AM
ASB sees 'buffer' in agriculture sector
Strong growth in bank deposits from the agriculture sector over the past year suggests there's a buffer in place to assist with falling dairy farm inc...
01-08-2014 00:08 AM
Big shake-up of Northland dairy farms
The dynamics of dairy farming in Northland are undergoing the biggest shake-up the sector has seen in more than 50 years - with a wave of ‘out-of-town...
31-07-2014 01:30 AM
Local livestock rustling ring nabbed
An organised rustling ring has been dealt a significant blow after seven arrests in Hastings in the past week — and police say there are more to come....
31-07-2014 01:25 AM
Dairy farmers urged to trim the fat
Dairy farmers should trim the fat and pay close attention to farm costs this season after Fonterra cut its forecasted milk price yesterday, DairyNZ sa...
30-07-2014 00:27 AM
Global dairy glut knocks earnings of New Zealand farmers
New Zealand dairy farmers learned Tuesday that their earnings for the 2014-2015 season will be worse than expected thanks to a boom in global producti...
29-07-2014 00:21 AM
Farmers expecting payout cut
Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast as the co-operative revises its payout today. Fonterra's board is...
29-07-2014 00:18 AM
Judge ordered dairy farm to stop milking
A Thames farming company has been hit with a $47,000 fine and ordered to stop milking until it fixed the overflowing effluent system at its Kopu farm....
29-07-2014 00:17 AM
Farmers urged to have their say over new water rules
Collaborative Stakeholder Group seeking feedback from farmers over the shape of new rules to be introduced that will protect the Waikato and Waipa riv...
28-07-2014 01:19 AM
Farmers make energy and water savings
Farmers stand to make big savings on both electricity and water if they introduce energy-efficient measures to their irrigation systems. Twelve far...
25-07-2014 11:03 AM
Rally against factory farming marks four weeks of suffering
Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 2...
21-07-2014 09:27 AM
Big drop in dairy farm sales
Farm sales and prices continue to make steady gains on a year ago, but sales of dairy farms have turned sharply downward as global commodity prices fa...
17-07-2014 08:42 AM
Dairy price slump to hit hard
The Waikato is set to take a third of a billion dollar "hiding" from a sharp drop in world dairy prices. The hit is expected to ripple through the ...
16-07-2014 09:16 AM
$3.8b farming pay cut possible as dairy price dives
Farmers could be facing a $3.8 billion pay cut next season after an unexpectedly sharp drop in dairy prices overnight. Prices fell another 8.9 per ...
15-07-2014 10:06 AM
Tensions high over flooded Northland farmland
Tension are high between Northland farmers and the Whangarei District Council on how to drain flooded farm land. Many farmers are wanting to speed ...
15-07-2014 10:03 AM
Regions continue milking dairy boom
The dairy industry has provided a $14.3 billion shot in the arm for regional economies, industry body Dairy NZ says. The figures come from Dairy NZ...
14-07-2014 08:53 AM
Dairy's $14.3b boost to the regions
New Zealand's regional economies earned about $14.3 billion from dairy farms in 2013-2014, taking the lion's share of national dairy earnings, industr...
07-07-2014 09:13 AM
North Otago community rallies to help farmers
More than $33,000 has been raised for the North Otago farming families whose sheep were slaughtered in two separate mass shootings. Things were bus...
30-06-2014 08:25 AM
NZ pig farms 'cannot be trusted'
An animal rights group believes shocking footage showing squalid and cruel conditions at a Christchurch pig farm is "just the tip of the iceberg". ...
24-06-2014 03:57 AM
Dark side to New Zealand dairy boom
Australians might need to find new ways to poke fun at New Zealand. Once famed for its 10 sheep for every citizen, there has been a big shift in New Z...
24-06-2014 03:56 AM
Fonterra chief still sees NZ as dairy world envy
When Theo Spierings first joined Fonterra as its chief executive, he described Fonterra - and possibly New Zealand - as the envy of the dairy world. ...
23-06-2014 01:29 AM
Fonterra contract cancellation angers farmers
Several Taranaki farmers say they feel they have been kicked in the guts by Fonterra and are set to lose thousands of dollars in income after being cu...
18-06-2014 02:17 AM
Scheme for farmers needing a break
A group of homestay venues is putting up prizes of accommodation for farmers in need of a break away. Julia Charity, of the New Zealand Homestay Ne...
10-06-2014 02:21 AM
One dead after stabbing at Auckland dairy
A homicide investigation is underway after a man, thought to be a dairy owner, was fatally stabbed during a robbery at a Henderson dairy this morning....
09-06-2014 01:42 AM
Dip in dairy boom a warning to diversify
How worried should we be about the slump in global dairy prices? After all these years, New Zealand is still a giant grass-processing factory and milk...
05-06-2014 01:54 AM
Pressure builds on dairy payout forecast
The ink is barely dry on Fonterra's milk price forecast for 2014/15 and there are already signs that it could be revised downwards after the latest Gl...
04-06-2014 02:24 AM
Carbon tax cost criticised
The carbon tax proposed by the Green Party would punish dairy farming and shift production offshore, according to Federated Farmers. However, the G...
03-06-2014 03:23 AM
Farming leader talks of cuts in dairy herd sizes
Dairy farmers on light soils may have to accept a cut in cow numbers to reduce their nitrogen leaching, says Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills. ...
29-05-2014 01:47 AM
Farmers upbeat despite dairy payout drop
Confidence in the rural economy remains high, despite Fonterra telling farmers to brace for a 19 per cent pay cut. Fonterra's announcement yesterda...
27-05-2014 01:36 AM
Kiwi dairy farmers go high tech
When Murray King's ancestors first took up dairy farming, their tools of the trade likely consisted of little more than a stool, a bucket and a steady...
27-05-2014 01:32 AM
Falling dairy prices to hit trade figures
A run of trade surpluses may have hit its peak, with falling world dairy product prices expected to show through as soon as the next monthly trade fig...
26-05-2014 00:10 AM
Police warning over dairy season crashes
Wandering stock are causing an increased number of car accidents and farmers need to ensure they are contained as the dairy season gets under way, pol...
26-05-2014 00:08 AM
Farmers fed up with water blame game
South Canterbury farmers say they are becoming fed up with a "them and us" attitude when it comes to the conservation and management of waterways. ...
21-05-2014 02:26 AM
Sharing cattle industry tips across the Tasman
They might have it over us in the dairy stakes, but a New Zealand cattle breeder says he's impressed with how sustainable Australia's beef industry is...
20-05-2014 01:18 AM
'Drought-breaking rains' revive NZ farmland market
"Drought-breaking rains" fostered a sharp recovery in the price of farms in New Zealand, even as the country's important dairy sector has seen some fa...
14-05-2014 02:41 AM
Dairy warned on China dependency
A Chinese dairy analyst is warning the New Zealand dairy industry not to become too dependent on that market. Rabobank's senior dairy and beverages...
13-05-2014 01:39 AM
Kiwis warned off 'mega-dairy' farming model
New Zealand's farming systems are unique in the world. They are characterised by grazed pasture farming, co-operative structures and information sh...
08-05-2014 00:28 AM
Goodman Fielder accelerates NZ dairy sale
Goodman Fielder has stepped up its defence against a A$1.27 billion (NZ$1.36b) takeover offer by kicking off a sale process for its New Zealand dairy ...
05-05-2014 02:02 AM
Land for sale is ours, says Patuharakeke
A Whangarei hapu wants to halt the sale of Marsden Pt land it has a Treaty of Waitangi claim over and wants it land banked by the Government until its...