18 Dec 2015

Industry Retro: Kiwifruit Dairy Forestry

From Country Life, 9:30 pm on 18 December 2015
Back to the paddock after milking in golden Bay

Back to the paddock after milking in Golden Bay Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

There's a huge contrast this year between the fortunes of kiwifruit and cows. Kiwifruit orchardists are receiving good returns on a high volume crop in April and May. Dairy farmers are still struggling with low milk prices so they've cut back on spending on most items except fertiliser. The trees are growing but is the forestry industry? The New Zealand Forest Owners Association's technical manager Glen Mackie sums up the year that's been.

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