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Silver Fern Farms heaves sigh of relief

Allan Barber looks behind the latest Silver Fern Farms profit result and its change of senior managers, assessing the options for its future

RBNZ drops talk of future rate hikes

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RBNZ drops comment on further rate hikes in dovish statement; warns again on high NZ$; currency and swaps fall further; economists react; Greens attack RBNZ

The Weekly Dairy Report

Dry in the south but at risk areas mainly under irrigation

All change at Silver Fern Farms

Keith Cooper to leave SFF, with a new CEO ready for transition. Company claims 2014 will be profitable, sees big reorganisation in 2014

The Sheep Deer and Cattle report

First of the spring lambs are being harvested but numbers are light

Groser fears US/Japan dairy side-deal

Groser concerned US and Japan may do side-deal on dairy that ignores NZ; Key cautious; Spierings confident on payout; sees 'peak cow' in 10 years

Changes afoot in Japanese rice farming

Allan Barber wonders if the long-standing reluctance of Japan to open up its markets to agricultural imports may be coming to an end as its rice farming 'rots from the inside'

The Weekly Dairy Report

Good feed conditions at present but some nervousness for summer production

Dairy inspections find disappointing practices

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Council says some dairy farmers determined not to accept stewardship responsibilities to farm in ways that are compliant with Otago’s most basic and most important waterway protection rules

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

No credible alternative offered in red meat restructure states Alliance chief