Fonterra, LIC to launch online farm performance tool

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 12 (BusinessDesk) Fonterra Cooperative Group and Livestock Improvement Corporation, both farmer-owned cooperatives, are set to launch a new online farm performance tool in mid-February called Agrigate. Read more »

NZ commodity prices rise for eighth month, buoyed by dairy

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 12 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand commodity prices rose in December, the eighth consecutive monthly gain, as dairy prices continued to improve. Read more »

Fonterra & LIC Set to Release Farm Performance System

Press Release – Fonterra

Fonterra and Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) are in the final stages of developing an online tool, Agrigate, designed specifically to help farmers improve their farm performance through the use of their existing data. Read more »

Commitment Pays Dividends for Taranaki Egg Farm Worker

Press Release – Poultry Industry Assn

Team spirit, pride in her work and a determination to succeed in her studies have proved a winning combination for Taranaki woman Amy Kimura, who was recently named Poultry Industry Trainee of the Year for 2016. The national award is given each year … Read more »

Face-Certification or Organic-Certification

Press Release – Roebuck Farm

Canada’s Curtis Stone, aka ” The Urban Farmer “, will arrive in NZ in February to present a four day masterclass at Roebuck Farm in Taranaki. Read more »

NZ, US win WTO case against Indonesia on trade restrictions

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 23 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand and the US have won their World Trade Organisation dispute over Indonesian trade barriers that led to the collapse in New Zealand beef exports to the southeast Asian country. Read more »

NZ wool poised to unlock USD$2bn healthcare market in Asia

Press Release – Texus Fibre

Auckland-based Texus Fibre, a leader in developing functional materials derived from natural wool, has signed a wide-ranging investment and distribution agreement with Auckland company, Healthy Breath Limited (HBL), which will see the wool-based Helix … Read more »

NZ trade deficit narrows in November

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 21 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s monthly trade deficit narrowed in November as imports declined from earlier periods which were boosted by aircraft arrivals. Read more »

NIWA’s Hotspot Watch

Press Release – NIWA

Over the past two weeks, rainfall has been lower than normal for much of the North Island, as a result most places saw a decrease in soil moisture levels. The exceptions were the regions of Taranaki and Manawatu-Whanganui where rainfall was near normal, … Read more »

Rampant rates a sore point with farmers

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Farmers are questioning the priorities and fiscal discipline of New Zealands councils as rates takes continue to outstrip cost indexes. Read more »

Top 10 market predictions for 2017

Press Release – Colliers International

Some of this will be due to better than forecast employment figures and export opportunities, but also due to rebuild requirements from the latest series of earthquake damages. Early estimates suggest around $2 billion to $5 billion will need to be spent … Read more »

Sheep and beef industry confidence – a tale of two species

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

While overall sheep and beef farmer confidence in their industry has taken a dip in the last four months, there is a solid core that remains upbeat about the future. Read more »

Dijon Bleu (NZ) Stakes Karaka Million Claim

Press Release – NZ Bloodstock

It took just one start for Dijon Bleu (NZ) (Burgundy) to race her way into contention for next months $1m Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie. Read more »

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Directors elected unopposed

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Directors George Tatham (Eastern North Island) and Andrew Morrison (Southern South Island) have been elected unopposed to the Board of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Read more »

High value sheep milk PGP programme officially kicks off

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

[ 20 December 2016 ] Building an environmentally, socially & economically sustainable industry to meet the growing demand for sheep milk products is the goal of a new sheep milk Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme that has officially … Read more »

Farmers encouraged to keep children safe this summer

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

Farmers are being encouraged to keep children safe on farms over the school holidays with a heightened risk of accidents on farms. Read more »

Public pressure forces RMA flip flop

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour is pleased that the Mori Party have bowed to public pressure and are now reconsidering their support of Nationals shambolic Resource Legislation Amendment (RLA) Bill, says Labours Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri. Read more »

NZ businesses still optimistic as building work buoys mood

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand business confidence rose a tad in December, led by an upbeat construction sector although tighter credit conditions continued to weigh. Read more »

Collaboration key to sustainable future

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Nuffield scholar Rebecca Hyde is aiming to simplify sustainability for Kiwi farmers and find ways to promote greater industry collaboration to benefit agriculture. Read more »

Positive progress with Cervena in Europe

Press Release – Deer Industry NZ

The five major venison marketers that have been collaborating in the trial marketing of Cervena venison in the Netherlands and Belgium during the northern summer have agreed to continue the trial for a third year. Read more »

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