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19 April 2013
View news from New Zealand Westpac Slammed Over Drought Comments
NEW ZEALAND – Federated Farmers has emphasised the deleterious effects of this year’s drought following claims from finance provide Westpac that the overall economy will not be effected....
15 April 2013
View news from New Zealand Environmental Farming Through Local Engagement
NEW ZEALAND - A drive to farm sustainably and promote farmer/community interaction is to be kick-started at an Environmental Leadership Forum in Wellington held by Beef and Lamb New Zealand next week (B+LNZ)....
10 April 2013
View news from New Zealand So Far So Good With Emergency Forage Shipping
NEW ZEALAND – Efforts to supply North Island farmers with emergency feed have been hailed as a success....
09 April 2013
View news from New Zealand Tuberculosis Reported in Taranaki
NEW ZEALAND - Cattle from four North Island herds are to be slaughtered following a tuberculosis outbreak....
03 April 2013
View news from New Zealand Pressure Builds as Easter Rains Disappoint
NEW ZEALAND – Fodder shortages, low milk yields and scorched pastures are set to plague New Zealand’s livestock farmers further. ...
28 March 2013
View news from New Zealand South to North Forage Movement Encounters Difficulties
NEW ZEALAND – Hauliers are encountering logistical difficulties in delivering much needed forage to the north island, following a three month dry spell....
27 March 2013
View news from New Zealand February Exports Rise Thanks to Chinese Dairy Shipments
NEW ZEALAND - The trend for a February trade surplus has continued with dairy exports to China underpinning sales rise....
25 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Herds Dried Off as Drought Spreads to South Island
NEW ZEALAND – Two districts on the west coast of the south island were included in the drought listing on Friday as the dry weather continues to impact farming....
18 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Entire North Island of New Zealand Receives Drought Confirmation
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers welcomes confirmation that the entire North Island has been declared a medium scale adverse event due to drought....
15 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Water Reforms Arrive in Time to Distract from Drought Issues
NEW ZEALAND – Against a backdrop of the drought, the Land and Water Forum (LAWF) reforms- announced this week- could not have come at a better time as negative public opinion builds regarding the way in which farmers are adapting to difficult conditions....
View news from New Zealand Silver Fern in Blood Plasma Deal with Biotech Company
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand beef processor, Silver Fern Farms is moving up the value chain with the announcement of a long-term blood protein joint partnership with a world-leading biotechnology company....
14 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Farmers Back PGP Collaboration Programme
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand sheep and beef farmers have agreed to co-fund the 'Collaboration for Sustainable Growth Red Meat Primary Growth Partnership', following a farmer vote held at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Annual Meeting in Wanaka last week....
08 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Drought Area Extended to Waikato Region
NEW ZEALAND – Official drought conditions have stretched to include the Waikato area, the country’s premier dairy region....
View news from New Zealand Farm Profitability to Drop This Season
NEW ZEALAND – Predictions put 2012/13 farm profits 54 per cent lower on last season, according to Beef and Lamb NZ’s Economic Service....
View news from New Zealand Tagging and Slaughter Levy Reductions Announced
NEW ZEALAND - From today, cattle tag and slaughter levies will be reduced in accordance with National Animal and Tracing (NAIT) rulings....
06 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Margins Drop as Drought Hits Northland
NEW ZEALAND – The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued adverse event declaration for the Northland area as drought conditions have started to take their toll on farm production and profit....
04 March 2013
View news from New Zealand New Bio-security Report to Learn From Past Policies
New Zealand – A renewed Biosecurity report detailing past observations and future recommendations by the Ministry for Primary Industries was released on Thursday by the Office of the Auditor General....
01 March 2013
View news from New Zealand Strong Currency Scant Consolation in Face of Drought
NEW ZEALAND – Widespread drought conditions have warranted adverse event declaration and led to farmer criticisms about the strength of the New Zealand dollar....
26 February 2013
View news from New Zealand Heavier Cattle Lead to Higher Production
NEW ZEALAND - Beef production (from adult cattle) lifted 4 per cent in 2012, to 596,699 tonnes cwt, despite adult cattle slaughter remaining almost steady compared with 2011, at 2.26 million head (Statistics NZ)....
19 February 2013
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Beef Exports Up 23 per cent For January
NEW ZEALAND - Beef exports during January lifted 23 per cent year-on-year, to 31,061 tonnes swt – the largest January volume since 2008, write market experts at Meat and Livestock Australia....
18 February 2013
View news from New Zealand Food Prices Rise 1.9 per cent in January
NEW ZEALAND - Food prices rose 1.9 per cent in the January month, and were up 0.8 per cent on a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said today (Thursday). ...
07 February 2013
View news from New Zealand Farmers Welcome Rain Reprieve: National Weather Update
NEW ZEALAND – Rain in Hawke’s Bay this week has greatly relieved farmers as the dry spell comes to an end over many areas....
05 February 2013
View news from New Zealand Farm Confidence Survey Shows Split Industry
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers’ 2012/13 Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey reveals any increase in farmer confidence is largely confined to the dairy sector and even that comes off a low base. ...
View news from New Zealand Efforts to Reduce Farming Dangers Showing Progress
NEW ZEALAND – Farm safety and rural depression initiatives have had positive effects on the welfare of the rural population, according to Federated Farmers of New Zealand. ...
30 January 2013
View news from New Zealand Meat Sector PGP Could Halt ‘Race to the Bottom’
NEW ZEALAND - Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre is excited by Beef+Lamb New Zealand and its partners winning Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) funding that could supercharge New Zealand’s red meat exports....
23 January 2013
View news from New Zealand Lower Effluent Pond Levels Now
NEW ZEALAND – Last summer Dairy New Zealand (DNZ) launched the ‘Keep it Low’ campaign, aimed at raising environmental awareness around effluent spreading, which has been added to by further calls this week to empty storage ponds as much as possible...
14 January 2013
View news from New Zealand South Island Fire Warning Issued
NEW ZEALAND - Prolonged hot periods without rain have lead to fires breaking out in areas of the north South island which has caused disturbance to rural properties and concern across rural organisations. ...
11 January 2013
View news from New Zealand Storage Importance Stressed as Rains Fail to Reach All Areas
NEW ZEALAND - The importance of regional water storage has been made clear recently as recent Southland and West Coast rains have not reached parts of Gisborne and Hawke's bay where river levels remain critical....
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