News from New Zealand

19-12-2014 01:07 AM
Dairy farmers warned of possible New Zealand/EU trade deal
Concerns have been voiced for the Irish dairy farmers as New Zealand pushes for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by Sean Kelly MEP for Ireland...
19-12-2014 01:04 AM
Help on offer for depressed farmers
Do not isolate yourself and cling on to hope. That is the advice Te Pahu farmer Chris Bryant offers farmers feeling the pressure following the fall...
18-12-2014 00:33 AM
Gladstone dairy robbed at gunpoint
Robbers have targeted an Invercargill dairy for the second time in 10 days. Two masked offenders, armed with a pistol, demanded cigarettes and cash...
11-12-2014 01:09 AM
Small towns face dairy payout pain
The payout has fallen below $5 to $4.70 per kilogram of milksolids - down from $5.30/kg. It's the third time Fonterra has lowered its farmgate milk...
09-12-2014 01:06 AM
NZ government, Fonterra ill-prepared for 2013 dairy recall
A New Zealand inquiry into a food safety scare involving the Fonterra dairy co-operative has found that both the government and the world's largest da...
08-12-2014 00:54 AM
NZ will reduce farming emissions - Key
New Zealand is prepared to find a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its agriculture sector Prime Minister John Key says, as climate talks ge...
04-12-2014 00:29 AM
Fears rise of longer dairy slump
Concern is mounting that the slump in dairy prices could last until next season, hurting the New Zealand economy and putting farmers under financial p...
03-12-2014 00:35 AM
Southland's go-to dairying man gone fishing
Russell Winter says it cheerfully. He spends his working day standing around talking a load of s..t. By his own count he has 800-odd friends there ...
03-12-2014 00:26 AM
El Nino limits water for New Zealand farmers
New Zealand farmers are facing summer water restrictions in some regions as an El Nino weather pattern develops, hitting dairy farmers already feeling...
02-12-2014 00:53 AM
Falling dairy prices drive down New Zealand's terms of trade
New Zealand's merchandise terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the quarter to the end of September, dragged down by plunging international dairy prices,...
01-12-2014 00:05 AM
New Zealand to make some moo-lah from Chinese dairy agreements
Chinese president Xi Jinping was able to craft 25 agreements with New Zealand during his recent visit to the country, four being solely related to the...
01-12-2014 00:04 AM
Beef boom partly offsets dairy dive
Diving dairy prices have pulled New Zealand's terms of trade off a 40-year high, statistics released today show. But export beef prices hitting the...
28-11-2014 00:43 AM
Cattle prices ease at Canterbury sales
Top prime steers made more than $2000 a head as cattle prices eased at livestock sales at Canterbury Agricultural Park this week. Prime steers made...
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...