Rural News

Weather causes potato harvest headache

Potato fields in Pukekohe.

The early season potato crop is now being harvested around the country as planting of the the main crop, to be harvested next year, begins in earnest.

New animal welfare code for rodeos

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The Government has beefed up rules covering the treatment of animals at rodeos, including banning the use of sheep and fireworks.

Growers worried about Watties closure

Asparagus

Asparagus growers are worried about the impact that closing a major canning facility will have on their industry.

Agrichemicals under the spotlight again

A young maize crop, near New Plymouth.

The EPA and the Greens have put the spotlight on several agrichemicals - a "high risk" organophosphate and a chemical recently banned in China.

Disagreement over employment laws

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Meat companies and the Meat Workers Union have strongly opposing views on new industrial relations legislation which is due to be finally passed in Parliament today.

Asparagus growers grumpy at prices

Asparagus

Asparagus growers are not only grumpy about the prices fresh asparagus is fetching but they fear for the future with Watties looking to can its canning facility.

Southland wood energy hub launched

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The country's first regional wood energy hub has been launched today in Southland. it is a joint initiative between the EECA and Venture Southland.

Union condemns workplace laws

beehive and parliament building

The Meat Workers Union has condemned new industrial relations legislation due to have its final reading in Parliament, saying it is a leap backwards.

CEO frustrated at lack of change

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The outgoing chief executive of New Zealand's biggest meat company says the lack of fundamental change in the industry has been frustrating.

Massey picked for food science centre

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A $5 million Food Safety Science and Research Centre is to be set up at Massey University - a result of the Government's inquiry over last year's botulism scare.

Industry worried at TPP dairy reports

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The New Zealand dairy industry says its alarmed at reports that the US and Japan could be looking exclude dairy from a possible Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

Fortunes improve for Silver Fern Farms

piggy bank and money

NZ's biggest meat processor and exporter Silver Fern Farms has signalled a return to profitability after two years of heavy losses, and expects a net pre-tax profit of at least $5m.

Chilled venison prices up on last year

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Deer farmers have seen some recovery in the prices they are getting for their venison this month, as exports of chilled venison into the main European markets hit their peak.

Sector coping better with parasite - vet

cow grazing

A Franklin district veterinarian says after nearly two years of dealing with the parasite theileria ikeda, which makes cattle severely anaemic, the agricultural sector is much better at managing it.

TPP benefits for farmers doubted

Tim Groser

Trade Negotiations Minister Tim Groser says the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations will not be a perfect deal for the dairy industry, but is confident it will bring benefits.

Deputy mayor says he'll be sacked

An aerial view of Eltham.

South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact of gasses from dumped Fonterra dairy products.

Nearly 1000 herds affected by parasite

The parasite is spread by ticks and is affecting farms in the North Island.

Nearly 1000 dairy and beef farms have been affected by a blood-borne parasite and the number of affected herds in the North Island has risen by 12 percent in the past four weeks alone.

Fonterra confident of managing supply and demand

Fonterra milk truck

Dairy cooperative Fonterra says it will be able to manage its way through the supply-demand challenge this season, despite having more milk to process.

Montheo fined over effluent discharge

effluent pipe on farm

A dairy farming company has been fined nearly $50,000 for discharging effluent to land where it could enter a watercourse and for breaching an abatement notice.

NZ growers benefit from chilly Chile

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Misfortune for kiwifruit growers battling frost in Chile has benefitted growers in New Zealand with prices received for the green variety improving markedly at $5.71 per tray.

New aquaculture qualificiations offered

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Two new higher level aquaculture qualifications are being launched as part of efforts to encourage more young people into the primary sector, Minister Nathan Guy says.