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The Sheep Deer and Cattle report

Bull beef contracts and saleyard prime steers break price records

Plunging dairy prices take toll on rural confidence

Dairy farmers are worried about their own prospects and are pulling back on investment; sheep and beef farmers are increasing their investment appetite

'National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms'

Fed Farmers claims a key message in National's win is that voters "have again rejected Water Taxes and a Capital Gains Tax"; want RMA reforms "for NZ to become a primary superpower"

MIE meat industry plan out soon

Allan Barber describes where MIE are at trying to improve 'a bad system', but suspects what we have is 'the best there is'. Your view?

September log market report

Export log prices in strong rebound in September on good China demand and cut-back shipments; NZ in good position for growing demand from India

ASB, Westpac cut forecast Fonterra payouts

ASB, Westpac both cut 2014-15 forecast Fonterra payout by 50c to $5.30 per kg of milk solids; See 2015/16 payouts of $6.50 & $6.60 respectively

Future of red meat promotion under threat

Allan Barber is concerned about an industry inability to agree on an effective country-of-origin promotion strategy. Your view?

The Weekly Dairy Report

Production ahead but auction results unsure  more volumes are needed

Fonterra tipped to cut payout forecast

ANZ sees 'downside risk' to prices at tonight’s Fonterra auction, expects co-operative's forecast to be cut from $6 towards $5.25kg MS next week

Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works

Andrew Hoggard raises a recent employment issue at a Taranaki farm as a warning over an attempted scam and an example of how to handle the situation

The Sheep, Deer and Cattle Report

Lamb survival good in northern regions as docking starts, beef sector remains hot