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 »

UPDATE: Fonterra maintains forecast dairy payout

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, maintained its forecast payout to farmer shareholders for the current season, saying recent gains in whole milk powder prices were due to reduced supply rather than increased … Read more »

Farmers need to step-up their human capital risk planning

Press Release – Crowe Horwath

Farmers arent paying enough attention to human capital risk planning, says Hastings-based Crowe Horwath Risk Adviser Tim Ewen. Read more »

Scales annual profit beats IPO forecast on apple exports

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Scales Corp, New Zealand’s biggest apple exporter, reported a 9.8 percent drop in annual profit, beating its offer document forecast, after better-than-expected apple volumes drove up earnings in its horticulture division. Read more »

Fonterra maintains forecast payout

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, maintained its forecast payout to farmer shareholders for the current season, saying recent gains in whole milk powder weren’t enough to warrant an increase. Read more »

White clover rewards careful sowing

Press Release – Agriseeds

February 25: Farmers can get up to 20% more white clover established in their new paddocks simply by sowing it differently, a Canterbury trial has found. Read more »

Federated Farmers advises farmers to prepare Feed Budgets

Press Release – Federated Farmers

As stock feed becomes scarce Federated Farmers is encouraging farmers to get a feed plan and budget under way for the remainder of the year. Read more »

2015 Northland Field Days Could Be Biggest Ever

Press Release – Northland Field Days

The 2015 Northland Field Days is shaping up to be the biggest ever according to organisers with more exhibitors, more competitions and better facilities than ever before. Read more »

Rural water restrictions possible

Press Release – Nelson City Council

Dropping river levels have triggered the need for a warning about possible water restrictions for Nelson residents who take their water directly from streams and wells. Nelson City Council estimates this affects approximately 500 households, who … Read more »

Lodgement of ASX Listing Application, Proposed Board Changes

Press Release – The a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company Limited ( a2MC or Company ) has today lodged an application for admission to the Official List with the Australian Securities Exchange ( ASX ) for the proposed dual listing of its securities on the ASX. a2MC will advise when further … Read more »

FY15 first half results

Press Release – The a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC or Company) performed ahead of plan during the period and its strategic growth initiatives continued to gain momentum. The Company’s strategic plan is based on funding growth in priority international markets from increasing … Read more »

RDRML unveils water storage plan

Press Release – Rangitata Diversion Race Management

A new storage pond in the Mid Canterbury foothills that could hold 30,000,000 cubic metres of water equivalent to 12,000 Olympic swimming pools – is being proposed by the Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd (RDRML). Read more »

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