News from New Zealand

26-11-2014 08:47 AM
Drought insurance in peas and oats
Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season. It is a crop used more commonly...
24-11-2014 00:57 AM
Dairy deal latest in Chinese investment
Chinese dairy giant Yili's plan to spend a further $400 million on developments at its South Canterbury processing site has capped a flurry of investm...
24-11-2014 00:50 AM
Cattle disease confirmed in south
The dairy industry organisation Dairy NZ is warning South Island farmers to be on the lookout for the cattle disease Theileria Ikeda because it has no...
20-11-2014 00:40 AM
Dairy price slump makes surplus a challenge
New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English said slumping commodity prices will reduce economic output and curb tax revenue, making it more difficult fo...
17-11-2014 00:46 AM
Dairy farmers miss out on guaranteed price
Some dairy farmers will be kicking themselves for not signing up to Fonterra's guaranteed milk price scheme, which is paying out $7 a kilogram of milk...
17-11-2014 00:44 AM
Fonterra waits for China dairy rebound
Fonterra is confident demand for dairy products in China will rebound sooner rather than later. Chief executive Theo Spierings said China's recent ...
13-11-2014 00:28 AM
Fears for dairy farms unless payout improves
There are concerns that an increasing number of dairy farmers will struggle to meet their loan repayments unless the forecast milk payout improves. ...
13-11-2014 00:28 AM
World events hampering milk forecast
A farmer shareholder criticised the co-operative's marketing strategy at its annual meeting yesterday and questioned how it could set an opening milk ...
12-11-2014 03:25 AM
New Zealand dairy puts Canada’s protectionist system under scrutiny
Stephen Harper begins a second Pacific Rim trip this month in New Zealand, a natural ally on nearly every topic except for Canada’s heavily sheltered ...
10-11-2014 00:04 AM
Farm cadets could be back
The much-mourned Farm Cadet Scheme could be on the way back in response to farmer demand for a higher- quality, better-trained workforce. New Prima...
05-11-2014 00:28 AM
Prices stabilise in latest dairy auction
International dairy prices showed signs of stabilising at this morning's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, with the GDT price index easing by just 0.3 p...
05-11-2014 00:23 AM
Farmers consider $275m irrigation scheme
A $275 million irrigation scheme intended to transform the Hawke's Bay economy attracted about 300 people to a meeting in Waipawa last night. The m...
31-10-2014 00:14 AM
What are New Zealand’s top dairy farmers doing?
Utilising the benefits of cross breeding has been fundamental to the success of many New Zealand dairy farmers according to Jack Hooper, Principal Adv...
30-10-2014 00:19 AM
Maori agriculture selling itself short
Maori agriculture has "huge" potential for development but only 20 per cent of farmland is well developed, 40 per cent is underperforming, and 40 per ...
28-10-2014 00:19 AM
Groser has big concerns about dairy in TPP
Trade Minister Tim Groser says he has concerns that New Zealand's market access for its dairy products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could...
28-10-2014 00:14 AM
Farmers should prepare for black beetle
Waikato farmers already stressed with a low milk payout and shrinking moisture levels could also be facing a major problem with pasture pests later th...
27-10-2014 00:05 AM
All eyes on dairy property market as summer nears
Low milk payout predictions and sinking water levels have failed to put a dent in the dairy real estate sector. Waikato recorded 39 farm sales from...
24-10-2014 02:07 AM
Dairy owner fearful after attack
Vijay Kumar fears for his safety after a violent attack left him shaken, bashed and bruised. The Grenada Superette dairy owner was working on Octob...
24-10-2014 02:06 AM
Farmers muster up fight against droving bylaw
South Taranaki farmers have turned out in force to let the district council know what they think of a proposed new livestock control bylaw. About 2...
23-10-2014 00:39 AM
Dairy farming in the sky
South Canterbury farmer Alvin Reid with a pasture-scanning drone. Surveillance cameras and other sensors on the farm and in the milking shed allow wor...
22-10-2014 02:14 AM
Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain
Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers in the Waikato are worried too. The ...
20-10-2014 01:09 AM
Dairy farmers urged to look after workers
The national dairy industry body is pushing for greater responsibility among farmers, particularly when it comes to the working conditions on their fa...
17-10-2014 02:16 AM
Timaru 'hollow' without dairying
Without the dairy industry, Timaru would be "a hollowed-out town", delegates at Dairy NZ's annual meeting were told yesterday. The message came fro...
17-10-2014 02:04 AM
Progressive farmers vie for title
Two innovative Southland farming families have been named among the finalists in the 2014 Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmer of the Yea...
16-10-2014 01:03 AM
NZ dairy farm values defy milk price slump
Prices of New Zealand dairy farms have defied the slump in milk prices to keep rising, albeit in low volumes, outperforming a stagnant performance in ...
15-10-2014 05:16 AM
Some warning signs for dairy industry
Ah, the fresh air, green fields, the working with animals. Sounds idyllic. Perhaps not so in the dairy industry, according to research that shows a...
14-10-2014 01:27 AM
Kiwi beef shortage lifts local prices
Kiwis are paying higher prices for local steaks compared with Aussie ones, partly because of a temporary shortage of New Zealand beef. In New World...
14-10-2014 01:21 AM
Robotic dairy sheds the future
A South Canterbury dairy farmer believes his robotic milking barns represent the industry's future. Aad van Leeuwen said his dairy farming group's ...
13-10-2014 01:33 AM
Seasonal prices reduce food bills
New Zealand food prices have fallen, as cheaper cheese and seasonal fruit and vegetables offset rising meat prices. The food price index fell 0.8 p...
13-10-2014 01:31 AM
Dairy misusing migrants says Kelly
Radio New Zealand's Insight programme yesterday revealed thousands of migrant dairy workers could be working in conditions that may breach minimum lab...
13-10-2014 01:28 AM
$22m robotic dairy shed among world's biggest
One of the world's largest robotic dairies is now up and running at Makikihi in South Canterbury. The $22 million, 13,000-square metre cow barn, ow...
13-10-2014 01:25 AM
Declining wool demand forces NZ farmers to adapt
About three decades ago, when Andrew Fraser began raising sheep, wool was among the star exports of this sparsely populated nation. Its other sheep pr...
08-10-2014 00:41 AM
US retail giant spells good news for Kiwi beef farmers
After a rough couple of years with low prices and harsh droughts, New Zealand's beef farmers are finally receiving some positive news. The price of...
06-10-2014 02:46 AM
Government considers impact of plunging dairy prices
Plunging dairy prices will knock a hole in the Government's accounts but Prime Minister John Key is confident of staying in surplus. Last month New...
03-10-2014 06:04 AM
Stress of dairy farming creates 'tension'
Up to a quarter of dairy farm workers are burnt out by stress even in quiet periods, industry commissioned-research suggests. A summary of research...
02-10-2014 02:01 AM
Long period of low dairy prices predicted because of global surplus
International dairy prices are well below levels that will be sustainable in the medium term and all signs suggest a prolonged period of low prices wi...
02-10-2014 01:54 AM
Saving power could save $40m for dairy farmers
With a bit of smart thinking, farmers could cut their power bills by $40 million a year, Adam Gifford writes. Its projects and relationship manager...
01-10-2014 03:00 AM
Farmers better prepared for theileria spike
New data from the Ministry of Primary Industries shows that the number of theileria cases has jumped threefold over the past month. The MPI's theil...
30-09-2014 02:57 AM
Investors sought for dairy farm funding
Fonterra is about to launch a fund to "source equity from investors" to help growth-minded farmers increase or control their cashflow, debt and credit...
29-09-2014 00:43 AM
Where does NZ dairy industry's go next?
The recent decline in Fonterra's milk price will see farmers focus on lowering costs and increasing the efficiency of their farm systems. The 37 pe...
26-09-2014 03:19 AM
Fonterra eyes better peak milk flow control
Fonterra is confident it has resources in place throughout the country to manage its peak milk flow this dairy season. Last season the co-operative...
26-09-2014 03:14 AM
Dairy fall may cost Bay $390m
Continual falls in Fonterra's dairy payout forecasts could wipe $390 million from the Bay economy and business leaders say the impact will be felt acr...
25-09-2014 01:57 AM
Rebound in dairy prices predicted
Southern dairy farmers will be forced to tighten their belts after Fonterra slashed its forecast payout to $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids this seas...
25-09-2014 01:54 AM
Man dies after quad bike overturns on steep farmland
A man died after his quad bike overturned while he was working on steep terrain on a farm in the Clutha District south of Dunedin. Police say they ...
22-09-2014 02:16 AM
New Zealand farmers welcome re-election of Key Government
New Zealand's peak farm lobby group says farmers are relieved that the country's conservative National Party has returned to power. Prime Minister ...
18-09-2014 01:25 AM
Dairy owner strikes back, chases robber
A would-be robber got more than he bargained for when he pointed a knife at a Waitara dairy owner in Taranaki yesterday afternoon. A man walked int...
18-09-2014 01:21 AM
Farmers hold back spending growth
The level of spending by farmers is a big factor in Palmerston North's sluggish growth in electronic transactions, an expert says. The latest Payma...
17-09-2014 01:11 AM
Tour operator denied farmland access
A Canterbury tour company has been denied access to farmland by the American owners, despite operating at the hill station for 23 years. High Count...
15-09-2014 05:05 AM
Why are farmers not using the latest technologies?
New Zealand leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms. So how do farmers best...
15-09-2014 04:59 AM
Cattle disease could be here to stay
There is a warning that the cattle disease, Theilaria, could be here to stay, as the number of reported cases on the rise. It causes anaemia in cows a...