Rural News

Fonterra slashes payout forecast

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Fonterra has slashed its forecast payout to farmers for this season from $7 per kilo of milk solids to $6, following sharp falls in global dairy prices. (AUDIO)

Thames company back in operation

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A Thames farming company ordered by a judge not to milk until a new dairy effluent system was installed is back in operation.

Report focuses on health of bee population

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A new report on some very important pollinators will be presented at Parliament this week designed to get bee health talked about in the Beehive.

NZ wine popular in UK market

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New Zealand has become the second most popular country of origin for premium wine sold in the United Kingdom, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

Chinese demand reshaping markets

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Questions have been asked recently as to whether New Zealand is too reliant on China in terms of trade. But a conference in Wellington has heard this country is not alone.

Fonterra model for meat - Labour

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The Labour Party says the meat industry in New Zealand needs to be better structured, similar to the dairy industry, which has Fonterra as its major player in the market.

Farmers warned of TB risk

A herd of Jersey milking cows in Okato, Taranaki.

Farmers are being urged to keep their animal tracing and testing responsibililties in mind if they're sending their stock off their own farm for grazing over the winter.

Task Force Green teams in Northland

Flooding at Hukerenui, Northland.

The first Task Force Green teams will be on the job in Northland from Monday, helping farmers and orchardists with the massive clean up after this month's storm and floods.

NZ Winegrowers stunned by criticism

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A claim by an Australian wine figure that New Zealand wine exporters are claiming a subsidy in and flooding the Australian market has left growers here bemused.

Reduced LIC dividend for co-op owners

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Farmer owners of the dairy livestock genetics co-operative LIC are getting a reduced dividend this year as the co-op upgrades its technology and information systems.

Double win for shearing legend

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New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan has scored a stunning double, winning a 12th Royal Welsh Open title and helping New Zealand to another win over Wales.

Don't write off dairying, MyFarm says

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People should not be in any hurry to write off dairy farming just because global dairy trade auction prices have taken a dive, MyFarm executive director Andrew Watters says.

Stock feed still needed in Northland

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Northland Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Julie Jonker says farms are are going to need supplies of feed to get stock through the winter after severe storms and flooding.

Fears many AgResearch staff leaving

AgResearch's Invermay facility near Dunedin.

The Labour Party fears AgResearch may have lost close to a fifth of its workforce since announcing its controversial Future Footprint restructuring plans.

Farmer relief at interest rate signal

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Federated Farmers says the strong signal that the Reserve Bank has issued about keeping interest rates on hold will come as a relief to the dairy industry and other primary exporters.

Foot and mouth outbreak in Sth Korea

There's been an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Korea in the country's pigs - the first outbreak of the disease in the country for three years. About 600 pigs have been slaughtered.

Organic experts fight brown beetles

The brown beetle is a serious vineyard pest - and experts are trying to fight it.

Organic experts at Lincoln University's Bio-Protection Research Centre are trying to trick, trap and leave a foul taste in the mouth of a serious vineyard pest - the brown beetle.

Forestry workers condemn road delays

Work begins to clear a slip on Mangakahia Road in Northland.

Forestry contractors in storm-battered Northland say road closures and detours are causing heavy financial losses and that their plight is being ignored.