Rotorua couple win National Farm Environment Award [26 June/ Rural News]

Rotorua couple win National Farm Environment Award [26 June/ Rural News]

Rotorua Farmers, John and Catherine Ford have won the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award, the first time it has been awarded to a North Island farming business. Judges said their 1240 hectare Highlands Station stood out in terms of environmental sustainability and impressive production and performance figures. Mr Ford said...
Beef shortage might see beef prices match last year's record highs [25 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

Beef shortage might see beef prices match last year’s record highs [25 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

Beef returns rose 2.6 percent in the past week and are tipped to continually increase because of a shortage of supply. ASB Economist, Nathan Penny said there would be less beef coming out of New Zealand due to the cow cull, and that there were also low numbers in the...
Fonterra farmers embrace latest guaranteed price [25 June/ NZ Herald]

Fonterra farmers embrace latest guaranteed price [25 June/ NZ Herald]

Many farmers have opted enter into Fonterra’s guaranteed milk price scheme, achieving a locked farmgate price of $5.25 a kilogram of milk solids, the same price as its forecast price. A total of 45.2 million kilograms was offered by 443 farms, 5.2 million more than Fonterra was seeking. Fonterra Group...
Institute to government: 'Start taking forestry seriously' [29 June/ National Business Review]

Institute to government: ‘Start taking forestry seriously’ [29 June/ National Business Review]

New Zealand Forestry Institute President, James Treadwell said the National government does not take the forestry industry seriously and that policy reform is being handled by politicians who have a weak knowledge on the industry’s issues. Mr Treadwell said the institute believed the development of an integrated land use policy...
Bee industry abuzz on proposed body [25 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Bee industry abuzz on proposed body [25 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Bee industry representatives are hoping for confirmation of support needed to further plans to create a new organisation which would combine the National Beekeepers’ Association, the Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group and other interests such as honey packers, exporters and hobbyists. Federated Farmers Bee Group Chairman, John Hartnell said the...
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Unprecedented support for North Canterbury [29 June/ Rural News]

A group of stock agents and meat processors have agreed to work with Federated Farmers and the Rural Support Trust to help farmers affected by the drought. PGG Wrightsons, Hazletts Rural Ltd, Rural Livestock, Silver Fern Farms, ANZCO Foods, Peter Walsh and Associates, South Pacific Meats and Alliance Group Ltd have grouped together to look...

Rural mental health crisis predicted [24 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive, Dr Dalton Kelly warned that the extraordinary set of circumstances that has affected the rural sector is likely to create an influx of mental health issues among farmers, and that the health system needed to be prepared. Dr Kelly said mental health initiatives and extra government funding were of...

Dairy gloom leads farmer confidence to 10-year low [24 June/ NZ Herald]

According to Rabobank’s latest rural confidence survey, farmer confidence in the agricultural economy turned to a negative net 45 percent in the second quarter, from a positive net 13 percent in the first quarter, its lowest level since 2006. The sharp decline has been led by dairy farmers, with 58 percent expecting worse farm business...

Trade partnership deal entering end-game, says Groser [26 June/ NZ Herald]

Trade Negotiations Minister, Tim Groser said the likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership being finished is around 70 percent, after President Barack Obama cleared the last hurdle in Congress to fast-track the free trade deal. US negotiators are now able to make final offers in the firm knowledge that any final deal cannot be amended by...

Current TPP offer not good enough – DCANZ [25 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand Chairman, Malcolm Bailey said the current Trans-Pacific Partnership does not offer enough for the dairy sector. Mr Bailey added that dairy access should be the top priority for the agreement, as it is New Zealand’s biggest export sector. DCANZ has met with the Government to reinforce its message.

NZ fourth best country for foreign investment [25 June/ NZ Herald]

United States economic think-tank, Milken Institute has ranked New Zealand as the fourth most attractive foreign investment destination, behind Singapore, Hong Kong and Finland who were ranked first, second and third respectively. Out of a maximum of ten, New Zealand got a 4.95 score for economic fundamentals, 8.21 for ease of doing business, 8.50 for...

Commerce Commission delays final wool scouring decision [29 June/ National Business Review]

The Commerce Commission has delayed its final decision on the proposed merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International until 28 August. The Commerce Commission explained that the delay was due to parties continuing to provide new information and submissions. Godfrey Hurst General Manager, Tania Pauling said that she is unhappy with...

Innovation for the industry on show at National Horticulture Convention [27 June/ ABC Rural]

The 2015 National Horticulture Convention concluded on Queensland’s Gold Coast, innovative horticultural experts encouraged farmers to think beyond traditional farming and food processing methods. Skyscraper farms, growing crops in the desert, value adding to food waste, and using smart phone apps to arrange immediate transport for produce are some of the technologies that were discussed....

For sale: land holding the size of Scotland [26 June/ NZ Herald]

The Kidman Estate, a series of cattle stations in Australia that is larger in size than Scotland, is to be sold for an estimated price of $398 million. The estate, covering around 100,000 square kilometres, includes 11 cattle stations across the country, about 155,000 cattle and the world’s largest stand-alone cattle property, the 23,000 square...

Ottawa plans compensation for farmers [26 June/ The Globe and Mail]

The Canadian federal government is to prepare a financial compensation package for Canadian dairy and poultry farmers to lessen the impact of signing into the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. With details yet to be confirmed, it is believed the package will mirror the model used when Canada agreed a trade deal with the European Union, where...

Snake smugglers thwarted by Melbourne biosecurity officials [24 June/ ABC Rural]

Biosecurity inspectors at Melbourne’s international mail facility have discovered 13 live snakes hidden in a package from Indonesia. Department of Agriculture Head of Pathway Compliance, Nicola Hinder, said it appeared the animals had been smuggled into Australia for sale as pets or breeding stock, and posed a high biosecurity risk. The department said that exotic...

Could these piglets become Britain’s first commercially viable GM animals? [24 June/ The Guardian]

Genetically modified pigs, edited with a warthog gene to resist African swine flu, could be among the first commercially viable GM animals created in Britain. The pigs, developed by University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute Professor, Bruce Whitelaw, will enter a trial to see if their modification protects them from the disease which is currently sweeping...

Good news on the grapevine [23 June/ The Washington Post]

A United States Supreme Court decision has led to the deregulation of raisins. The decision stemmed from a court decision which allowed California Raisin-Grower, Marvin Horne to devote his entire crop for sale on the free market, rather than setting some aside as reserve raisins for the government. The government attempted to fine Mr Horne...

NZ surges up global biotech rankings [25 June/ Rural News]

New Zealand has been ranked third in the Scientific American World View Scorecard, which measures the biotech innovation potential of 54 countries. NZ Bio CEO, Dr Will Barker said his organisation has always stated that New Zealand is a great place to grow bio-based businesses, but that there is room for improvement in both public...

NZ students, China farms to benefit from project [29 June/ Radio NZ Rural]

Chinese Dairy Company, Yili has established a research and development centre at Lincoln University which will benefit farms in China and students in New Zealand. Lincoln University Business Development Manager, Sam Yu said the Chinese company encouraged its suppliers in China to farm sustainably. Mr Yu added that Yili is conscious about effluent management and...

Silver Fern told to take another look at reform in meat sector [30 June/ NZ Herald]

Silver Fern Farms farmer shareholders are believed to be close to achieving a five percent voting threshold required to call a special meeting forcing the company to take another look at meat industry reform, before it looks for fresh capital. Heriot Farmer, Allan Richardson said that both Silver Fern Farms and the Alliance Group had...

Livestock reach Mexico [29 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

According to vessel tracking website Marine Traffic, the livestock vessel carrying a shipment 50,000 sheep and 3000 cattle has reached its destination, Mexico. It is understood that the livestock is being moved to two different states in Mexico. Peter Walsh and Associates Director, Peter Walsh dismissed claims that the animals were to be slaughtered, but...

Blue Sky Meats annual profit sinks 36%, under-used plant blamed [29 June/ National Business Review]

Blue Sky Meats reported a 36 percent drop in annual profit, falling from $1.9 million to $1.2 million, for the year ending 31 March. The company also reported a 7.2 percent increase in revenue, to $102.1 million. Blue Sky Meats Chairman, Graham Cooney said the fall in profit was down to the underutilisation of its...

Vote delay disappoints farmers [29 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly]

Farmers have criticised Fonterra for delaying a vote on changes to its governance and representation. Fonterra have delayed the voting on the recommendations put forward by the Governance and Representation Review Joint Working Group following the 1080 contamination scare and low payouts. Whitianga Farmer and Working Group Co-Chair, Dick Sieling said the recommendations were not...

Velocity business detailed [29 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly]

Fonterra’s drive for velocity from value-added products to boost profitability and dividends has been explained to its European and American stakeholders. Fonterra Chief Executive, Theo Spierings explained to stakeholders that velocity is shorthand for the emphasis the co-operative is placing on driving up returns from processing in the climate of low dairy prices. The term...

Kiwis not ripped off over milk price: Key [29 June/ NZ Herald]

Prime Minister, John Key said New Zealanders are not being ripped off when it comes to the price of milk, as overseas markets were causing high prices. Mr Key added that the price wars between retailers in countries could result in prices in being lower than they are in New Zealand. Former Labour Leader, David...

Takeover speculation drives up a2 share price [25 June/ Otago Daily Times]

Speculation of Freedom Foods and Dean Foods Company’s takeover of the a2 Milk Company has raised the latter’s share price from $0.57 to $0.77, while the Australian Financial Review speculated a bid could be as much as $2 per share. Forsyth Barr Broker, Andrew Rooney believed there was a solid chance of a bid value...

Munchkin’s first foray in infant formula marks start of ‘very long-term partnership’ [24 June/ National Business Review]

Munchkin Inc. Chief Executive, Steve Dunn said the marketing of Synlait’s grass-fed infant formula product will be the company’s first foray in the market and that both companies view the partnership as long term. Mr Dunn added that there is a void in the United States market for the grass-fed product, as many cows in...

HT swede risks far higher than other crops [25 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

VetSouth veterinarians have released a report that showed herbicide tolerant swedes were the cause of more than 200 cattle deaths in Southland. The report showed how heightened glucosinolate levels in HT swedes led to liver damage, a factor in the deaths. VetSouth Managing Director, Mark Bryan said poor transitioning to winter crops was not the...