Latest Agriculture Headlines

Weak global demand weighs on NZ sheep, cattle prices

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:38:26 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 3 (BusinessDesk) - Weakening demand in China and Europe, combined with the impact of a nine-month port strike on the US West Coast, have eroded farmgate prices for sheep and cattle, Silver Fern Farms says.More >>

FMG rewards three aspiring agriculturalists

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:58:56 +1300 | FMG

FMG rewards three aspiring agriculturalists Following a record number of applications, FMG has this year offered an additional place on its Agriculture Scholarship programme – rewarding three outstanding school leavers. The recipients include; James Robertson ...More >>

NZ King Salmon Success to Feature at Symposium

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:20:45 +1300 | Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium

Aquaculture business, New Zealand King Salmon, will feature as one of the success stories at the second Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium this month. More >>

Magnetic milk – the lure of dairy investment down under

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:55:11 +1300 | Rabobank

In 2014 there was a flurry of inbound investment activity by Asian dairy companies, mostly from China, into the New Zealand and Australian dairy sectors. However Rabobank warns that ongoing growth in import requirements by Chinese and wider Asian dairy ...More >>

Second Grand Finalist Confirmed

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:58:38 +1300 | Young Farmers

Matt Bell is the second Grand Finalist to be named in the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest. The twenty-eight year old contract-milker took first place at the Aorangi Regional Final in Oamaru on Saturday 28 February. Mr Bell went home with a prize ...More >>

Smith elected as Beef + Lamb Northern South Island director

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:28:23 +1300 | Beef And Lamb NZ

Phil Smith elected as Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern South Island farmer director Culverden farmer Phil Smith has been elected as the farmer director to represent sheep and beef farmers in the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern South Island electorate. ...More >>

Grow your bottom line with new pasture

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:56:29 +1300 | Agriseeds

March 2: Cost-conscious dairy farmers take heart – even with the lower payout, investing in new pasture remains highly profitable this autumn. More >>

NZ terms of trade fall 1.9% in 4th qtr

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:36:12 +1300 | BusinessDesk

NZ terms of trade fall 1.9% in 4th qtr, on falling prices for dairy exports More >>

Entertainment galore at the 2015 Wanaka A&P Show

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:28:39 +1300 | Wanaka A and P Show

This year’s Wanaka A&P Show is gearing up to be another hugely popular event, with an extensive lineup of entertainment planned for all ages. The Wanaka Show, held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2015, will for the first time host a wood-chopping ...More >>

Mexico: a world leader in livestock farming

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:37:00 +1300 | Embassy of Mexico

In 2014, Mexico was ranked seventh in the world in the production of animal protein, with a total value of 33 billion US dollars. More >>

Fonterra's Glencoal says Waikato mine delayed, not on hold

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:58:53 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) - Fonterra Cooperative Group subsidiary Glencoal has denied suggestions it has put its plans for an open cast mine in the Waikato on hold indefinitely following public opposition.More >>

Farmers urged to watch out for health as big dry grinds on

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:15:09 +1300 | Waikato Regional Council

Farmers in Waikato and South Auckland are being urged to watch out for their health as the stress of managing in the extremely dry conditions this summer grinds on. A multi-agency teleconference today heard that soil moisture remained low in the ...More >>

Shearing legend David Fagan’s last test for NZ

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:44:57 +1300 | Shearing Sports New Zealand

Shearing legend David Fagan is heading for the remote northern Manawatu outpost of Apiti for has been expected to be his last appearance in a New Zealand singlet tomorrow. More >>

NZ business confidence gains in Feb as ag sector gets happy

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:31:35 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand business confidence improved in February as recent gains in dairy prices turned sentiment around in the agriculture sector, and as low interest rates stoke hiring and investment expectations.More >>

Strategic water management study to take place

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:24:48 +1300 | Northland Regional Council

A strategic water management study of the Northland region is to be commissioned to identify areas where water supply and potential water infrastructure could deliver economic growth and other benefits.More >>

Allied Farmers posts 1H profit, warns on 2H dairy sales

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:53:40 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

Agricultural Production Statistics supplementary tables

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:50:43 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

A whiff of a new biosecurity scandal?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:08:56 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A pest which could create havoc for New Zealand’s horticulture and agriculture sector must be as much a focus for the Government as hunting out fruit flies, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “While the Ministry for Primary ...More >>

Robotics and automation take off for farmers

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:36:59 +1300 | 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 ...More >>

Mexico: a world leader in livestock farming

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:27:59 +1300 | Embassy of Mexico

In 2014, Mexico was ranked seventh in the world in the production of animal protein, with a total value of 33 billion US dollars. More >>


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