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Rural

The problem with lifestyle blocks

Is the 10 acre block 'the worst environmental crime being committed in NZ?' Hamish Hutton explains the issue and offers a solution

The Weekly Dairy Report

As yet, predicted payout little influence in dairy farm sale decisions

The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report

More falls in sheep and beef but venison finds it's bottom

Alpine water storage needed now to counter dry spell

We need to dam the alpine rivers to supply reliable water for agriculture and industry says Irrigation NZ. Farmer collectives look to expand successful schemes

A slight dip in farm sales and prices

There was a slight drop in farm sales and prices in December but dairy remains resilient

'Improve prices for loyalty'

Silver Fern Farms director election: Challenger Hancox offers shareholders the more aggressive MIE 'consolidate-for-change' option

Smith plans big RMA re-write

Smith proposes 10 part re-write of RMA focused on increasing housing supply; says RMA responsible for extra $30 bln of housing cost and 40,000 fewer homes

The Weekly Dairy Report

Another lift at auction reveals bottom reached, but ANZ lowers forecast to $4.35

Wool trade still at crossroads

Allan Barber unpicks farmer scepticism of the wool trade and finds remarkable similarities to their red meat opinions - and a disconnect with their actions

Investing for better outcomes

Silver Fern Farms director election: Incumbent Ulrich wants a merger with Alliance Group for scale and efficiencies. He sees low price volatility when products are branded

Markets now see OCR cut in 2015

Updated
RBNZ holds OCR at 3.5%; says will hold rate "for some time" and OCR "adjustments up or down" will depend on data; NZ$ drops below 74 USc; Swap rates fall; Markets price in rate cut