A big win for Rural Contractors NZ

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Agricultural contractors around New Zealand will soon be able to bring in overseas workers much easier than in the past following a deal struck between its national body and Immigration NZ. Read more »

The Nation 3/10/15: Key at the UN, GCSB, Richard Dawkins

Press Release – The Nation

Prime Minister John Keys been on the world stage at the United Nations General Assembly, but whats been achieved? 3News political reporter Tova OBrien talks to him in New York about the TPP, the big powers facing off over Syria, and New Zealanders … Read more »

Bank deadline gave SFF too little time for other offers

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 2 (BusinessDesk) – Silver Fern Farms ran out of time to consider alternatives to a 50-50 joint venture with Shanghai Maling Aquarius, because of the looming deadline for its debt facility with a banking syndicate and the risk that lenders would withdraw … Read more »

Federated Farmers’ President praises WTO

Press Release – Federated Farmers

The last 20 years of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have provided an objective framework on which to base our international trade and seen the organisation provide great assistance to small countries like New Zealand. Read more »

FQC keen to spread word about quality

Press Release – Fertiliser Quality Council

The New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council (FQC) is reminding farmers to be vigilant about checking product labels and service details ahead of fertilising and spreading this spring. Read more »

Ballance thriving as it plans next 60 years

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Ballance Agri-Nutrients achieved record sales and returned $76 million to shareholders while keeping margins tight and prices affordable, Chairman David Peacocke told the annual meeting of shareholders in Tauranga on Wednesday. Read more »

Rabobank Beef Quarterly Q3 2015: Volumes Reaching Quotas

Press Release – Rabobank

New Zealand and Australia beef exports to the US are set to reach their quota limits in Q4. Meanwhile, global economic conditionssuch as the appreciation of the US dollar and the depreciation of the yuan and the realare having an impact on beef … Read more »

Nutrient loss under the spotlight

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

New Zealands shift from a pasture-based model to high feed-input dairy farms will come under the microscope in a joint research project involving Ballance Agri-Nutrients, AgResearch, DairyNZ and Tatua, in partnership with the Governments Sustainable … Read more »

Minister visits for DairyNZ AGM

Press Release – Dairy NZ

Minister visits for DairyNZ AGM Dairy farmers will have the opportunity to hear from the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy at DairyNZ’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Waikato on Tuesday, October 13. Read more »

Fonterra’s “five million dollar man” not delivering

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Theo Spierings is Fonterras Five Million Dollar Man, but he is no hero, with the offer to freeze his pay coming after hundreds of job losses and an 18% pay increase. Dairy farmers do not care what Mr Spierings is paid so long as he delivers … Read more »

Strong dairy commitment to research and development

Press Release – Dairy NZ

Industry body DairyNZ has confirmed its commitment to investing in dairy science following the release of AgResearch’s proposals for staffing reductions. Read more »

Nutrient management in irrigation – getting it right

Press Release – Irrigation NZ

There is growing pressure on the boards of irrigation schemes to understand the liabilities of nutrient management on an individual shareholder and catchment basis, says IrrigationNZ Chairwoman, Nicky Hyslop. Irrigation scheme boards have a responsibility … Read more »

Beef + Lamb NZ Challenges Farmers to Get Fit for Farming

Press Release – Beef And Lamb NZ

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is calling on sheep and beef farmers to rise to the Farmstrong Cycle Challenge and get some kilometres under their belts. Its all in aid of taking care of a farms most important asset the farmer. Read more »

Ballance Farm Environment Awards application period extended

Press Release – Ballance Farm Environment awards

Ballance Farm Environment Awards application period extended for Canterbury farmers Canterbury farmers have been given another three weeks to enter this years Ballance Farm Environment Awards. The entry deadline has been extended to Friday October 30 … Read more »

Value-add key to improved returns for shareholders

Press Release – Westland Milk Products

Continuing its move into more value-added production is the best strategy to ensure shareholders competitive and sustainable returns Westland Milk Products says, as the co-operative confirmed a company average operating surplus available to shareholders … Read more »

NZ Dairy Awards Develops Future Leaders

Press Release – NZ Dairy Industry Awards

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is proving to be a breeding ground for future industry leaders. Six of the 10 candidates currently seeking election to the Board of Directors of DairyNZ cite their participation in the New Zealand Dairy Industry … Read more »

Nationwide study to boost prevention of leptospirosis

Press Release – Massey University

A nationwide dairy farm survey is under way as part of a project to evaluate the effectiveness of current vaccination practices to prevent leptospirosis in dairy herds the countrys most common zoonotic disease that affects the health of … Read more »

Protecting farm waterways when cultivating

Press Release – Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is advising farmers cultivating paddocks for next winters greenfeed crops to leave a buffer zone on areas bordering any waterway. Read more »

NZ Honey fights MPI over alleged health claims

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 28 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand Honey International, the closely-held honey products maker, wants a judicial declaration on whether its trademarks Manuka Doctor and Manuka Pharm amount to health claims after the Ministry of Primary Industries … Read more »

Alliance says merger with Silver Fern risks “beached whale”

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 28 (BusinessDesk) – Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart says any merger with Silver Fern Farms risks creating a “big beached whale” of the New Zealand meat industry because its rival needs the capital offered by China’s Bright … Read more »

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