NZ King Salmon Success to Feature at Symposium

Press Release – Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium

Aquaculture business, New Zealand King Salmon, will feature as one of the success stories at the second Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium this month. Read more »

Magnetic milk – the lure of dairy investment down under

Press Release – Rabobank

In 2014 there was a flurry of inbound investment activity by Asian dairy companies, mostly from China, into the New Zealand and Australian dairy sectors. However Rabobank warns that ongoing growth in import requirements by Chinese and wider Asian dairy … Read more »

Second Grand Finalist Confirmed

Press Release – Young Farmers

Matt Bell is the second Grand Finalist to be named in the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest. The twenty-eight year old contract-milker took first place at the Aorangi Regional Final in Oamaru on Saturday 28 February. Mr Bell went home with a prize … Read more »

Smith elected as Beef + Lamb Northern South Island director

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

Phil Smith elected as Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern South Island farmer director Culverden farmer Phil Smith has been elected as the farmer director to represent sheep and beef farmers in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern South Island electorate. … Read more »

Grow your bottom line with new pasture

Press Release – Agriseeds

March 2: Cost-conscious dairy farmers take heart even with the lower payout, investing in new pasture remains highly profitable this autumn. Read more »

NZ terms of trade fall 1.9% in 4th qtr

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ terms of trade fall 1.9% in 4th qtr, on falling prices for dairy exports Read more »

Entertainment galore at the 2015 Wanaka A&P Show

Press Release – Wanaka A and P Show

This years Wanaka A&P Show is gearing up to be another hugely popular event, with an extensive lineup of entertainment planned for all ages. The Wanaka Show, held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015, will for the first time host a wood-chopping … Read more »

Fonterra’s Glencoal says Waikato mine delayed, not on hold

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group subsidiary Glencoal has denied suggestions it has put its plans for an open cast mine in the Waikato on hold indefinitely following public opposition. Read more »

Farmers urged to watch out for health as big dry grinds on

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Farmers in Waikato and South Auckland are being urged to watch out for their health as the stress of managing in the extremely dry conditions this summer grinds on. A multi-agency teleconference today heard that soil moisture remained low in the … Read more »

NZ business confidence gains in Feb as ag sector gets happy

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand business confidence improved in February as recent gains in dairy prices turned sentiment around in the agriculture sector, and as low interest rates stoke hiring and investment expectations. Read more »

Strategic water management study to take place

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

A strategic water management study of the Northland region is to be commissioned to identify areas where water supply and potential water infrastructure could deliver economic growth and other benefits. Read more »

Allied Farmers posts 1H profit, warns on 2H dairy sales

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Allied Farmers, which is rebuilding after taking over the failed Hanover and United Finance loan books, turned to a profit in the first-half as its livestock division exceeded expectations but flagged second half sales may … Read more »

Agricultural Production Statistics supplementary tables

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The statistics in this release supplement those in Agricultural Production Statistics: June 2014 (provisional). The additional statistics include: the area of wine grapes grown; the harvested area of peas and potatoes; and the tonnage and area harvested … Read more »

A whiff of a new biosecurity scandal?

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

A pest which could create havoc for New Zealands horticulture and agriculture sector must be as much a focus for the Government as hunting out fruit flies, Labours Biosecurity spokesperson Damien OConnor says. While the Ministry for Primary … Read more »

Robotics and automation take off for farmers

Press Release – Mobile Technology

New research released last week by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is predicting that advanced robotics will boost productivity by up to 30% in many industries by 2025. Robotics will also lower total labour costs by 18% or more in countries like … Read more »

Dairy commits $5 million to ambitious zero pest plan

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s dairy industry has committed $5 million over two years to the fight against stoats, rats and possums, which destroy native flora and fauna, and can carry bovine tuberculosis. Read more »

Last chance to reunite the Bee Industry

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers is calling on the bee industry to unite and ensure they achieve a fully integrated entity peak body. Read more »

Wool Market Steady Overall

Press Release – Wool Services International

New Zealand Wool Services International Limiteds General Manager, Mr John Dawson reports that this weeks South Island offering of 8,500 bales saw an 84 percent clearance. Market pressure pushed some prices up while others eased slightly, however … Read more »

Heavyweights Line up to Protect Waikato River

Press Release – Waikato River Authority

A ground-breaking collaboration between dairy industry body DairyNZ, the Waikato River Authority and Waikato Regional Council is lining up to better protect and restore the Waikato River. Read more »

Synlait Farms rebrands as Purata

Press Release – Purata

With Latin and Maori origins meaning clear, bright – like a beautiful morning, Puratas name reflects the companys new vision post ownership change, says Purata CEO Juliet Maclean. Read more »

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