News from New Zealand

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...
27-02-2014 05:08 AM
Caution urged after record dairy payout
A word of caution to dairy farmers following a record payout. Fonterra's Farmgate Milk Price is going up by 35 cents to $8.65 per kilo of milk soli...
21-02-2014 08:40 AM
Green outrage at cattle exposed to oil waste
The Green Party is outraged that a new report by the Taranaki Regional Council shows cattle in the region last year on paddocks that had oil industry ...
20-02-2014 01:39 AM
Farmers buoyant after earnings boost
Farmers are welcoming a jump in predicted primary export returns. The Ministry for Primary Industries is forecasting the sector will earn $36.4 bil...
18-02-2014 01:33 AM
Farmers taking fight to an invisible threat
Steve and Sandra Parrott want to know what facial eczema costs their farming business. The disease has always been an issue on their 800ha sheep an...
17-02-2014 03:28 AM
“Massive” increase in land and livestock values
The sheep and beef sector has an “incredible” opportunity to realise on wealth most farmers don’t know they are sitting on. Mike Peterson, who is s...
14-02-2014 00:49 AM
High interest forces farmers off land
Farm lobby group says those 'set up to fail' may take class action against major banks. Aggressive lending practices by the major banks have forced...
10-02-2014 02:42 AM
Seismic shift in global beef industry
The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change. The mega forces include a huge increase in demand from China, an ongoing decline in ...
06-02-2014 05:24 AM
Dairy staff complain to ensure fair pay
Dairy farm workers lodged 200 complaints against their employers from August 2012 to December 2013, including 13 from the Bay of Plenty. Figures re...
04-02-2014 02:34 AM
Wheat is not the enemy
Wheat is the world's most widely cultivated cereal grain. The demand for consumption is growing as countries adopt Western eating patterns. So what's ...
29-01-2014 00:24 AM
Cattle top NZ's most dangerous farm animal list
Cattle are New Zealand's most dangerous farm animals according to ACC. Figures obtained by Fairfax Media under the Official Information Act show th...
27-01-2014 01:35 AM
Decline in dairy cow fertility may have halted
New dairy industry data indicates a long-term decline in dairy cow fertility may have been halted. It's an issue that's been challenging dairy scie...
16-01-2014 00:10 AM
OIO assent to buy dairy farms
Large-scale farming business Craigmore Farming has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy two large dairy farms in North Otago. Both i...
17-12-2013 11:08 AM
NZ's dairy cattle population hits 6.6 million
New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers continue to grow with latest figures putting the head count at 6.6 million. Statistics New Zealand said today th...
16-12-2013 10:32 AM
Hail stones break windows, destroy crops
A severe thunderstorm has swept across the Canterbury Plains, hurtling golf ball-sized hail stones through windows and destroying crops. A MetServi...
16-12-2013 10:24 AM
Dairy herd outpacing NZ population growth
There are now 1.5 dairy cattle for every New Zealander as the nation's dairy herd continues to grow faster than the human population. The latest fi...
16-12-2013 10:16 AM
NZ's dairy cattle population hits 6.6 million
New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers continue to grow with latest figures putting the head count at 6.6 million. Statistics New Zealand said today th...
12-12-2013 08:06 AM
NZ vows to improve dairy safety, trade
The New Zealand government pledged Wednesday it will strengthen regulation on dairy product safety and boost the number of staff to support trade with...
11-12-2013 10:34 AM
NZ vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare
The New Zealand government Wednesday pledged to tighten its food safe regime, despite claiming it is already one of the best in the world, in line wit...
06-12-2013 10:26 AM
Milk production high despite drought
Milk production fell just 1.6 per cent during the year despite the season being shortened by drought. The country's cows produced 1.66 billion kilo...
06-12-2013 10:24 AM
Farmers divided on Goff's farmland bill
Labour MP Phil Goff's private members bill which would make it tougher for foreigners to buy farmland has been described as a bit simplistic by a farm...
02-12-2013 07:03 AM
Danone may take legal action over dairy recall
New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra said on Monday it may face legal action from France's Danone over the recall of infant formula containing a potent...
29-11-2013 09:27 AM
NZ dairy leader sells farm for $25m to Italians
Dairy leader Willy Leferink and his wife are satisfied the Italian family who bought their Rakaia dairy farm through the Overseas Investment Office pr...
25-11-2013 01:38 AM
Dairy workers plead for better treatment
A couple tell of going "from the frying pan to the fire" in the dairy industry, moving from long, hard days, unappreciated and sacked without warning ...
21-11-2013 05:43 AM
Dairy farming harming water
New Zealand's changing farming landscape is badly affecting water quality in the region, with it likely to continue deteriorating. The Parliamentar...
18-11-2013 01:34 AM
Over 1600 NZ farms sold in 12 months
Annual farm sales have topped 1600 for the first time in more than 4½ years, though the $24,590 median hectare price remains significantly below its p...
18-11-2013 01:27 AM
Angus farmers get lesson from NZ
Scottish angus breeder James Playfair-Hannay would like to take New Zealand bloodlines back with him to the home of the breed, after judging the angus...
13-11-2013 02:55 AM
Tumbling tomato prices lower NZ food bills
New Zealand food prices fell in October from September as the price of tomatoes tumbled, leading a seasonal decline in fruit and vegetables. Food p...
12-11-2013 04:09 AM
Bullish outlook for seed growers
New Zealand's vegetable seed industry centred on Canterbury has the potential to generate $100 million in exports in the next five years. Midland S...
11-11-2013 02:08 AM
Farmers opting to bury, burn plastic
Organisers of a collection in Taranaki for empty plastic containers this week have blasted farmers' response, saying they are choosing to dump or burn...
11-11-2013 01:45 AM
Use of quad bikes on farms questioned
Quad bikes should not be referred to as all-terrain vehicles, and consideration should be given to stopping the use of quad bikes for farming altogeth...
04-11-2013 02:16 AM
Farmers asked for ideas on best uses for farm robot
AgResearch scientists who have developed a multi-tasking farm robot are asking farmers for their ideas how it could be used. The Agri-Rover, as it'...
23-10-2013 06:52 AM
Differing views on foreign owners of NZ farmland
New Zealand farmers hold strongly divergent views on whether foreign investors should be able to buy into farmland in this country, Federated Farmers ...
22-10-2013 08:09 AM
NZ dairy farm values lag, despite milk price rises
Prices of New Zealand dairy farms are lagging the average despite a marked revival in the profits outlook for milk producers, enjoying strong rises in...