Meat works employee maimed by hoof machine

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Meat works company Riverlands Eltham Limited has been fined $57,949 and ordered to pay reparations of $15,000 after a workers left hand was caught and trapped in a machine. The employees hand was crushed and lacerated, leading to surgery and … Read more »

UPDATED: Aquila Capital, MyFarm JV sees 6%-plus returns

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 20 (BusinessDesk) – Germany’s Aquila Capital and New Zealand farm investment company MyFarm are seeking up to $100 million from mainly offshore wholesale investors for a trust that will provide secondary mortgages to farmers behind loans from ANZ … Read more »

Key trends and demands in New Zealand’s farming sector

Speech – Federated Farmers

It is an exciting time to be in the farming sector, as pastoral farming lies at the heart of our economy and how we see ourselves as a nation. We are a primary superpower that ranks among the best on earth in relation to production efficiency, environmental … Read more »

Aquila Capital, MyFarm JV seeks $100M to fund farmers

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 20 (BusinessDesk) – Germany’s Aquila Capital and New Zealand farm investment company MyFarm are seeking up to $100 million from wholesale investors for a trust that will provide secondary mortgages to farmers. Read more »

Spotlight on health and safety in agribusiness

Press Release – Institute Of Directors

Waikato farming business leaders meet in Te Awamutu next week for an interactive session on driving eective health and safety practices. Read more »

World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology

Press Release – GE Free NZ

The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth. Read more »

W$3M for value-added food production

Press Release – Waikato Innovation Park

The Waikato Innovation Park has received a $3 million equity injection from Callaghan Innovation. It will use the funds to kick off a $5.0 million expansion of its FoodWaikato spray drying facility this month. Read more »

Speech to Fieldays stakeholder engagement function

Speech – New Zealand Government

Its great to be here tonight, talking to everyone involved in Fieldays. This is the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, attracting nearly 120,000 visitors this year including a large number of international visitors and delegations. Read more »

New Zealand Racing Board Posts Net Profit Increase

Press Release – New Zealand Racing Board

The New Zealand Racing Board has today announced a Net Profit increase of $137.0 million for the financial year ending 31 July 2014. Read more »

Enhanced Taskforce Green crews end storm recovery work

Press Release – Northland Regional Council

Fifteen Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) members hired to help clean up storm-affected Northland farms, horticultural operations and orchards officially ended their three month stint today. (subs: Friday 17 October) Read more »

Forum comment on injuries

Press Release – Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum

The Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum is encouraging chief executives and directors of agriculture, forestry and fishing companies to continuing working to reduce the high rate of injuries in their industries. Read more »

Rural Property Market Prepares For Spring

Press Release – REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were five more farm sales (+1.5%) for the three months ended September 2014 than for the three months ended September 2013. Overall, there were 347 farm sales in … Read more »

Rabobank Agribusiness Monthly – October 2014

Press Release – Rabobank

The Agribusiness Monthly provides timely information and analysis on agricultural conditions, commodity price updates and commentary on the latest sectoral trends and developments. Read more »

Agriculture, forestry workers at highest risk of injury

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Just under one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

New Zealand meat exports soar to record in 2014 season

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 14 (BusinessDesk) – The annual value of New Zealand meat exports rose to a record as global demand for kiwi meat boosted prices and offset the impact of a strong kiwi dollar. Read more »

Cultivating the right approach

Opinion – Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Mechanical cultivation of paddocks for producing summer forage or fodder crop is a common sight on farms at this time of year. This is also a time when high intensity local storms are common, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice. Read more »

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on some Fonterra products

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 13 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group says Sri Lankan health officials have lifted a temporary ban on some of it Anchor milk products, after testing showed the powder was safe. Read more »

Rural Contractors question machinery and parts costs

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand is questioning the high cost of machinery and parts that contractors and farmers are currently paying. RCNZ President, Steve Levet says with the falling forecast milk price for the coming season dairy farmers are going … Read more »

Fresh Appeal eyes the skies for fruity snacks

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Fresh Appeal, a privately owned company which is commercialising technology to preserve cut fruit, is expanding into airline catering in the expectation it will provide a substantial new source of revenue. Read more »

Northland dairy farms selling en-masse to ‘out-of-towners’

Press Release – Bayleys

The dynamics of dairy farming in Northland are undergoing the biggest shake-up the sector has seen in more than 50 years with a wave of out-of-towners coming into the region to take advantage of the comparatively cheap land on offer. Read more »

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