News from New Zealand

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...
02-05-2014 02:15 AM
Cereal and seed crops at risk
Wet weather is hampering harvesting in South Canterbury. Federated Farmers South Canterbury grain and seed chairman Colin Hurst said dull condition...
01-05-2014 00:51 AM
Danone to buy NZ dairy firms
French food giant Danone looks set to buy two New Zealand dairy companies. Sutton Group and Gardians said last night they have entered into an agre...
28-04-2014 01:03 AM
Bridging the gap between meat and dairy profits
There has been a lot of discussion recently about New Zealand's meat industry. We all want more profitable and sustainable farming. Meat farmers...
28-04-2014 00:59 AM
Farmers warned to prepare for the worst as risk of El Nino grows
Farmers are being cautioned to prepare contingency plans amid early signs of a large El Nino climate event this year. In New Zealand, the ocean-dri...
28-04-2014 00:53 AM
How going digital helps dairy farmers grow productivity
It's not surprising that there are lots of bulls at Livestock Improvement Corporation's (LIC) Hamilton campus. Hundreds of them graze in a complex of ...
23-04-2014 03:46 AM
Flood-hit farmers face 'massive task'
Farmers and grapegrowers along the East Coast are facing a huge clean-up task following last week's torrential rain, community representatives say. ...
23-04-2014 03:37 AM
Cattle parasites may spread further
An outbreak of the cattle disease, theileriosis in the upper North Island is predicted to get worse and farmers are being warned to take precautions. ...
22-04-2014 01:49 AM
Jail for dairy robber
The Waitara victim of a machete-wielding robber pleaded for him not to hurt her because she was pregnant. Richard Sagi Sagi, 41, was later arrested...
21-04-2014 00:49 AM
Farmers counting costs of storm
Marlborough farmers are facing huge cleanup bills after floodwaters raged through paddocks, taking out stock and fencing. While many had moved stoc...
17-04-2014 00:44 AM
New fall in dairy prices
Fonterra's record farmgate milk price forecast may have to come back slightly after international dairy prices fell again at last night's dairy auctio...
16-04-2014 02:27 AM
Dairy prices extend decline, pressuring Fonterra milk payout
Dairy prices fell for a fifth straight auction, suggesting Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. (FSF) may have to reduce its forecast milk payout to New Ze...
07-04-2014 02:15 AM
NZ risks missing golden opportunity in agriculture
New Zealand risks ‘missing golden opportunity in agriculture’ – new report on competitiveness warns. New Zealand risks missing ’a golden opportunit...
04-04-2014 03:39 AM
Southern farmers sympathise with drought-stricken
North Canterbury farmers seem to have escaped the drought creeping over much of the North Island. Paddocks have greened up from consistent rain sin...
02-04-2014 05:45 AM
Drought hits Auckland farmers the hardest
Auckland is the worst drought-affected area in the country and there is no end in sight, Federated Farmers says. Federated Farmers Auckland preside...
26-03-2014 00:45 AM
Farmer confidence drops - survey
The latest rural confidence survey shows farmers' business outlook for the coming 12 months remains robust - but they aren't quite as bright as they h...
26-03-2014 00:38 AM
Fonterra first half earnings drop, dairy prices shrink margins
New Zealand's Fonterra reported a 41 percent fall in first-half earnings on Wednesday as the farmer-owned co-operative's margins were hit by higher co...
21-03-2014 01:30 AM
Chinese still think NZ dairy less safe
Chinese consumers regard New Zealand milk products as less safe than those produced in our key dairy competitors like the United States and Europe, Ma...
14-03-2014 02:30 AM
Fonterra to plead guilty on eve of China visit
Days ahead of a bridge-building exercise by Prime Minister John Key in China, Fonterra said it would plead guilty to a series of charges stemming from...
14-03-2014 02:19 AM
Dairy still under threat from supermarket
Supermarket giant Foodstuffs is continuing with plans to force a popular Christchurch dairy out of a suburban shopping centre. More than 2700 peopl...
10-03-2014 01:37 AM
Dairy industry hits back at survey
The dairy industry has hit back at a "lame duck" survey which says they are damaging New Zealand's international reputation through a poor environment...
03-03-2014 02:16 AM
Dairy pushes terms of trade to 40-year high
Booming world dairy prices and a rebound in production volumes are pushing New Zealand's terms of trade to their highest levels since 1973. Dairy e...
28-02-2014 01:02 AM
New Zealand gathers pace as dairy farmers fuel trade
Record payments to dairy farmers and a China-led trade turnaround added to evidence New Zealand will outpace developed-world peers this year, cementin...