Beef prices surge to record on US demand for hamburgers

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 23 (BusinessDesk) – Prices for beef used in hamburger patties in the US are likely to hold at elevated levels after surging to a record in the past year as drought-ridden American farmers rebuild their herds, boding well for kiwi farmers, an analyst says. Read more »

Plunging dairy prices take toll on NZ rural confidence

Press Release – Rabobank

Plunging dairy prices have taken their toll on farmer sentiment, driving New Zealand rural confidence levels to a two-year low. Read more »

Managing land into the future

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

Food production is the backbone of New Zealands economyand a computer modelling programme designed by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is helping ensure that farming practices here and overseas are as sustainable and environmentally friendly … Read more »

Synlait Milk posts $19.6 million NPAT for FY2014

Press Release – Synlait

Synlait Milk has posted a $19.6 million net profit after tax (NPAT) for the year ending 31 July 2014, an increase of 70% compared to the $11.5 million NPAT for FY2013, and in line with its prospective financial information (PFI) forecast of $19.7 million. Read more »

Federated Farmers intemperate

Press Release – Environmental Defence Society

For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS. Read more »

Farmers meeting on Lake Rotorua nutrient rules tonight

Press Release – Federated Farmers

The future of farming in the Lake Rotorua catchment is why farmers are meeting tonight in Ngongotaha to go through the allocation of nitrogen and the consenting process. Read more »

Comparing apples with oranges using new Sustainable tool

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Mori agribusiness will benefit from a new tool that can be used to compare the potential benefits of different land uses from an economic and social perspective. Read more »

Opportunity to progress water infrastructure

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

Nationals re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change, says Andrew … Read more »

National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms

Press Release – Federated Farmers

An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. Vital reforms to the RMA have … Read more »

ASB Farmshed Economics Report

Press Release – ASB Bank

The dairy markets cant seem to catch a break, according to the latest ASB Farmshed Economics Report. Read more »

Capital Gains Tax – The Great Debate

Press Release – Crowe Horwath

The introduction of a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) could have a negative impact on farm values, especially in the dairy sector, says Tony Marshall, Tax Principal with Crowe Horwaths Dunedin office. Read more »

Kick start your career with Ballance

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Ballance Agri-Nutrients is calling for applications to its 2015 agricultural and process engineering scholarship programme. Read more »

Pampered pooches and pizzle hot pots

Press Release – Deer Industry NZ

Pampered pooches in America and pizzle hot pots in China are helping support venison prices to farmers. Read more »

Robotic sheepdogs unlikely, Kiwi farmers say

Press Release – Federated Farmers

At the risk of being out of step with technology, Federated Farmers is dubious robotic sheepdogs will replace the real thing anytime soon. Reported late last month, European academics believe they have created an algorithm simulating sheepdog behaviour. Read more »

Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014 General … Read more »

Entries close soon for 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Press Release – Enviroment Canterbury

Entries close on 1 October to be considered for an award at the 2015 Canterbury Region Ballance Farm Environment Awards (BFEA). Read more »

Working group focused on clear advice

Press Release – DairyNZ

The industry-led working group looking at the issues with swedes affecting dairy cattle in Southland says a key priority will be developing clear and agreed advice for farmers. Read more »

Freshwater anglers’ body warns of ‘sacrifice’ of waterways

Press Release – NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) Vote for Fresh, Not Foul Water campaign is encouraging all anglers to take their passion for freshwater fishing to the ballot box. Read more »

Energy-Saving Endeavours Rewarded In Competition

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment Awards

The switch to a gravity-feed water system has resulted in huge cost-savings for Otago farmers David and Sarah Smith, winners of an energy excellence award in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Read more »

Molkerei Ammerland Completes First Sweet Whey Powder Auction

Press Release – Global Dairy Trade

Sweet whey powder has been sold for the first time on GlobalDairyTrade (GDT), the worlds leading online dairy auction platform, with Molkerei Ammerland selling the product they offered at their first trading event. Read more »

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