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World News: New Zealand
New Zealand | 5 February 2016
In dairy for a long time not a good time - extreme financial juggling

The milk price has dropped to $4.15 a kilogram milk solids which has moved the date that my **** hits the fan forward three months. This means my financial juggling act just moved up another level ...


New Zealand | 4 February 2016
Dairy farmers tackle worker burnout at People Expo

To retain good people in the dairy industry, farmers need to move away from a culture of expecting staff to work long hours, with experts saying 50 hours a week should be the limit. Worker burnout,...


New Zealand | 3 February 2016
Red ink aplenty in new dairy survey results

Milk solids income is down 42 per cent on Waikato and Bay of Plenty farms, and 38 per cent down on Southland farms, according to AgFirst's latest financial modelling. The declines on 2014-2015 inco...


New Zealand | 3 February 2016
NZ dollar could weaken as dairy prices fall

The NZ dollar is on the offensive after the release of positive employment numbers set aside gloomy sentiment stemming from the worse-than-expected dairy price auction. The NZD is leading the pack ...


New Zealand | 2 February 2016
Futures market tips big fall in dairy prices tomorrow

Dairy farmers will be bracing themselves for still more falls in product prices at tomorrow's Global Dairy Trade auction, going on current futures market pricing. NZX dairy futures prices have been...


New Zealand | 1 February 2016
OIO approves $47m dairy farm sale

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved the sale of five neighbouring Southland dairy farms to a United States led company for just over $47 million. The properties totalling 1206 hectare...


New Zealand | 1 February 2016
Farmers benefit from fertiliser price drop

Fertiliser company Ballance Agri-Nutrients said the latest round of price reductions came into effect today. CEO Mark Wynne said urea dropped $50 to $525 per tonne, DAP fell $25, sulphate of ammoni...


New Zealand | 28 January 2016
Fonterra forecast will slash NZ farmer income

The latest fall in Fonterra's forecast payout slashes $800m from farmer income in New Zealand, with rural communities set to bear the brunt. The dairy co-operative reduced its forecast payout for t...


New Zealand | 26 January 2016
Pivotal issues facing farmers in 2016

I can think of several pivotal issues in the coming year which are going to be significant for farmers and the wider primary sector. Let's start with animals. Yes, we had animal welfare issues aris...


New Zealand | 26 January 2016
Sheepmeat prices tumble while beef prices stay near all-time high

Dry conditions helped drive lamb and mutton returns down in the December quarter, while beef prices remained at near record levels, says Beef and Lamb New Zealand. The farmer-funded industry group ...


New Zealand | 26 January 2016
Cattle in lake belong to NZ's top judge

RNZ News yesterday reported a photo of the cattle in the lake showed a clear breach of Environment Canterbury's rules for protecting waterways. RNZ News visited Lakes Station today and was told by ...


New Zealand | 25 January 2016
Fonterra sees more dairy farmer pain before revival

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said more pain lies ahead for farmers as dairy prices continue to weaken and as oil prices plummet. Demand is sluggish amid slowing growth and equity market ...


New Zealand | 22 January 2016
Beef earnings set to stay high

A lift in New Zealand farmgate beef earnings this season looks to be on the money, says a Rabobank meat sector analyst. Australia-based Rabobank animal protein analyst Matthew Costello said he was ...


New Zealand | 22 January 2016
Lower milk prices fail to reduce dairy entries

A low milk payout has failed to dampen entries at the national dairy show, say organisers. The national Dairy Event at Manfeild in Feilding is being held over three days later this month as the sho...


New Zealand | 22 January 2016
NZ dollar tech forecasts shift in wake of dairy price slump

The GBP/NZD exchange rate is under pressure and looks to be giving up recent gains. The rate is seen at 2.1745 on the open markets, bank transfers are being done at around 2.1136-2.1140. Private payme...


New Zealand | 22 January 2016
Cattle snapped up at Manawatu's Rongotea sale

A good selection of white faced weaner bulls and heifers were eagerly snapped up at the Rongotea livestock sale as the grass continues to grow in Manawatu after some welcome summer rain. Two year s...


New Zealand | 20 January 2016
Global dairy prices continue to fall at Fonterra auction

International dairy prices continued to fall in this month's second auction held by New Zealand's Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world's largest dairy exporter. The GDT Price Index, which cover...


New Zealand | 20 January 2016
Drones part of leap in agriculture technology

In the blue skies above a livestock farm in New Zealand, a drone flies over flocks of sheep. In the office below, Neil Gardyne, the family farm’s owner, uses the images to identify ewes that are havin...


New Zealand | 19 January 2016
As dairy declines, New Zealand milks tourism boom

New Zealand's booming tourism industry is emerging as a cornerstone of an economy hit by declining dairy exports, but the hordes descending on silver screen locations such as Hobbiton are stretching t...


New Zealand | 18 January 2016
Rain helps drought-hit North Canterbury

Drizzly rain is providing relief to drought-stricken North Canterbury land, while a severe weather warning is in place for heavy rain in Marlborough. Parts of Otago and all of the Canterbury and Ma...


New Zealand | 18 January 2016
Who's stealing all the cows? More cattle go missing in South Canterbury

More cows have been stolen from Canterbury dairy farms. Waimate police received a report of 25 calves being stolen off a dairy farm in Otaio between November 1 and January 15. Senior Sergeant Ma...


New Zealand | 13 January 2016
Taranaki dairy farmers wary of the dry

Taranaki farmers are looking warily at the months ahead after extremely low rainfall in the province last month. Characterised by a wet winter and spring and a short feed surplus, the 2014-15 dair...


New Zealand | 12 January 2016
Banks put pressure on Northland farmers

Higher numbers of dairy farms than usual are on the market in Northland and Southland, although other regions are generally static. According to website realestate.co.nz, there are 66 dairy farms o...


New Zealand | 11 January 2016
Anxious wait for drought-stricken farmers

A burst of New Year heavy rain in North Canterbury is just the first step needed to avert a drought crisis, farmers say. The earth is still scorched in North Canterbury, despite last week's 50mm of...


New Zealand | 5 January 2016
New Zealand dairy sector food safety in ‘good shape’

Best practice guidelines and industry secondments are among recommendations in a report on food safety capability in New Zealand’s dairy sector. The Dairy Capability Working Group was set up last A...


New Zealand | 5 January 2016
Farmers nervously watch sharemarkets

New Zealand farmers will be watching the Chinese market nervously in the next few weeks to see if its sharemarket fall has an impact on exports. The earliest indicator will be tomorrow's global dai...


New Zealand | 4 January 2016
South Canterbury's dry farms still 'on a knife edge'

Some South Canterbury farms remain in a tough position despite recent rain, a farming spokesman says. Federated Farmers South Canterbury president Mark Adams said on Tuesday rain and drizzle in rec...


New Zealand | 31 December 2015
New Zealand farmers show how share-farming can work

A “mid-life crisis” and a desire to move away from milking cows was the impetus for one New Zealand family to delve into the world of share-farming. The Duncans – Ross and Sue and their children, T...


New Zealand | 30 December 2015
Majority of farmers back Govt performance

The majority of farmers are satisfied with the current Government's performance, according to a poll. National body Federated Farmers says 83 percent of more than 1100 members surveyed before Chris...


New Zealand | 22 December 2015
Helping hand for farmers

Manawatu farm consultant Parry Matthews believes a "dumbing down" of the dairy industry will hurt future generations. "Previously, people could go from zero to farm ownership, but those opportunit...