Overhaul for border protection

Overhaul for border protection

[20 April/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy announced that biosecurity protection is to get an overhaul after launching the Biosecurity 2025 project, which will update and replace the current 2003 Biosecurity Strategy. Minister Guy said it is fundamental to have an effective biosecurity system in place,...
New goat milk plant in the South

New goat milk plant in the South

[20 April/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly] The New Zealand Dairy Collaborative Group (NZDCG) is to establish a goat milk plant in the new Ashburton business estate. The $40 million plant will initially be an infant formula blending and packaging facility, but with future development, could include a drying plant. NZDCG...
Burger-loving Americans push beef exports to record

Burger-loving Americans push beef exports to record

[16 April/ NZ Herald] According to Beef + Lamb New Zealand, beef and veal export returns reached a record high of $1.6 billion in the first six months of the export season, a rise of 43 percent on the corresponding period last season. The average per tonne value of beef...
Dairy shares dip after global auction registers another price fall

Dairy shares dip after global auction registers another price fall

[17 April/ NZ Herald] The price of Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund units fell to their lowest point, $5.04, since listing after further falls in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction. Wholemilk powder prices dropped 4.3 percent, to USD 2446 a tonne, and skim milk powder fell by 7.8 percent to USD 2253 a...
Sanford closes plant

Sanford closes plant

[20 April/ Business Day] Sanford has closed its Christchurch plant, at cost of more than $2 million in exit pay, as recent weather patterns have reduced the supply of natural mussel spat. Sanford Chief Executive, Volker Kuntzsch said all employees will receive a minimum of eight weeks total pay. Mr...
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LIC partners with Lely Group

[17 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Farmer co-operative Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) has announced a partnership with Dutch agri-tech company Lely Group, with the companies undertaking joint research and development projects. The partnership will also involve LIC acquiring Lely Group’s Hamilton research and development division, Lely Sensortec. LIC had recently entered a partnership with cow...

Farmers face hard season – DairyNZ

[20 April/ NZ Herald] The ongoing weakness in the past three GlobalDairyTrade auctions has forced many economists to revise down their milk price forecasts for the new season. DairyNZ estimated $5.40 per kilogram to be the breakeven point for farmers. DairyNZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle said cashflow in the new season will be a major...

Heat to go on farm safety

[14 April/ Rural News] Landcorp General Manager of People and Capabilities, Anna Cassel-Brown said unless industry educates regulators and consumers, the agricultural sector will remain under scrutiny. Landcorp is trying to work with WorkSafe NZ inspectors, many who are not familiar with agriculture to help them understand the industry, allowing each party to gain a...

NZ demo farm set to go

[21 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] A demonstration dairy farm in Colombia built in partnership with Waikato-based Dairy Solutionz is to be officially opened by the country’s president. The farm, a $2m development funded by the Columbia government and research institute Corpoica, is the first to use New Zealand technology in the high tropics, which...

US vote crucial to TPP progress

[20 April/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly] A bill introduced by lawmakers in the United States, allowing trade agreements to be fast-tracked through Congress, is crucial for the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. If passed, the legislation will give the President the power to negotiate trade approval, without line-by-line approval from Congress. The agreement has...

Food prices rise at fastest pace since 2011

Food prices rise at fastest pace since 2011 [15 April/ NZ Herald] New Zealand food prices rose at their fastest annual pace in over three years in March, increasing 1.9 percent from the same month a year earlier. The food price index rose 0.1 percent in March, from a 0.7 percent drop in February. Statistics...

Cawthron Institute joins FoodHQ

[17 April/ National Business Review] The Cawthron Institute has become the newest member of the FoodHQ research collaboration. Cawthron Institute Chief Executive, Professor Charles Eason said it is essential that aquaculture is represented in the collaboration and that the company sees it as a great opportunity to help add value to New Zealand’s food export...

Private equity struggles in Costa Group auction

[20 April/ The Australian Financial Review] Major private equity firms, including Pacific Equity Partners, have dropped out of the auction for horticulture company, Costa Group, after being unable to meet the company’s 12 times earnings price expectation. Trade and strategic buyers are now believed to be the front runners in the auction, with Chinese conglomerate...

Coca-Cola to buy Chinese protein drinks business

[18 April/ Agence France Presse] Coca-Cola has agreed to purchase Xiamen Culiangwang Beverage Technology Company, a producer of plant-based protein drinks sold in China, for around USD 400 million. Plant-based protein drinks are a growing beverage category in China and satisfies Coca-Cola’s Chinese strategy of providing a diverse range of beverages to Chinese consumers. Coca-Cola...

Hindus push for expanded ban

[17 April/ China Daily] The Indian beef industry, which is banned throughout the majority of the country, is under threat as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is pushing to expand the slaughter ban to all types of cattle, male or female. The industry uses meat from bulls and buffaloes, and is...

Wheat Board deal with U.S., Saudi group ends an era

[16 April/ The Globe and Mail] The Canadian Wheat Board is to be taken over by the Global Grain Group (G3), a joint venture between American foods giant Bunge Limited and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company. The group will pay CAD 250 million for a 50.1 percent stake, with the rest of the...

Horrific’ costs hold back farming

[16 April/ The Australian] Australian agriculture industry leaders said horrific operating costs have to be addressed to take full advantage of growing demand from Asia. Visy Industries Chairman, Anthony Pratt said food exports from Australia have grown by 26 percent, in the past three years, with total value reaching AUD 36 billion. JB Swift Australia...

Farmers to cast vote on $500m listing

[16 April/ The Sydney Morning Herald] Murray Goulburn Managing Director, Gary Helou said the enthusiasm for a dairy business on Asia’s doorstep will trump any investor concerns about taking up units with no voting rights during the company’s AUD 500 million listing. The company issued a notice of meeting for May 8, where farmers will...

Oz ‘downplaying agri-food sector’

[16 April/ Rural News: Dairy] The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of food and the President of the Dutch Topsector Agri & Food, Dr Aalt Dijkhuizen believed this is down to the close collaboration between the Government, private industry and universities and research institutes, dubbed the golden triangle. Dr Dijkhuizen said Australia did not...

US fisheries regulators halt West Coast sardine season

[16 April/ NZ Herald] The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the early closure of the commercial sardine fishing season in a move to prevent overfishing. The decision to halt the season was based on revised estimates of sardine populations, which found numbers were much lower and declining faster than estimated last year when quotas were...

Brand new day for ‘true’ produce

[15 April/ The Australian] The first brand identifying all Australian agricultural produce sold overseas, that is 100 percent sourced from Australian farms, has been released. The brand, True Aussie, aims to increase sales of key exports and ensure global consumers their food has been authentically grown in Australia. Fresh Australian rural produce has been in...

New Zealand farmed pork loses ground to imports

[20 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The percentage of imported pork in New Zealand has again increased, hitting 52 percent in January. NZPork Chairman, Ian Carter said the industry is under seige from a number of areas, with the cost of production constraining the industry’s ability to be competitive on world markets. Mr Carter said...

NZPork courts consumer

[14 April/ Rural News] NZPork Chairman Ian Carter said the company’s annual report highlighted the importance of the New Zealand consumer to the future of its business. Mr Carter said the industry and its production standards and systems are not understood by consumers, with transparency needed to build consumer confidence. Projects to enable a better...

‘Great DDT muster’ underway

[21 April/ Radio NZ] A nationwide collection of banned pesticides is underway to remove them from farms. Persistent organic pollutants, including DDT and Dieldrin, were banned more than a decade ago due to the threat they posed to human health and the environment. 3R Group National Project Manager, Jason Richards believed there was many tonnes...

DOC opens estate to possum trappers

[15 April/ Business Day] The Department of Conservation has given access to members of the New Zealand Fur Council to recover possum fur, skin and meat from its sprawling national estates. DoC Director General, Lou Sanson said the agreement was a pragmatic way to battle against the pest and aid possum control on the millions...

No charges over Cook Strait cows

[17 April/ Radio NZ Rural] The Ministry for Primary Industries will not charge anyone, for animal welfare offences, in relation to the condition of cattle ferried across the Cook Strait last month. Animal welfare inspectors interviewed all parties involves as part of the investigation. Nelson-Marlborough District Compliance Manager, Ian Bright said although the cows were...

Sturgess: ‘I’ll help’

[20 April/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly] International businessman, Tom Sturgess said he would help improve the red meat sector’s profitability, if he was wanted. Mr Sturgess said the perceived damage of farm gate competition was the wrong part of the supply chain to focus on and that attention should be on adding value to New...

Window for meat sector action now

[18 April/ Otago Daily Times] The recently released Meat Industry Excellence report, into reform of the meat industry, has opened up debate as it was designed to do. Meat Industry Excellence Principal Adviser, Ross Hyland said one of the biggest challenges was getting farmers to read the report and understand the implications of doing nothing....

Southern farmers support Newco meat company merger

[16 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Farmers, at a Meat Industry Excellence meeting, agreed that a merger between Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group, dubbed Newco, is needed to ensure the future profitability of sheep farming. Meat Industry Excellence Principal Advisor, Ross Hyland said the group was not making any decisions to close any plants...