Rural news

20 Feb 19, 11:05am
Guy Trafford points out good farmland is increasingly threatened by cities moving inland as climate change sees coastal zones encroached by the ocean
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19 Feb 19, 7:43am
Treasury warns scrapping tenure review could cost the Government more; Minister says there are alternatives to conserving pastoral land without the the Crown fully buying it back
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18 Feb 19, 8:38am
Keith Woodford describes how anger is mounting again amongst Mycoplasma bovis farmers and how some are in dire trouble. The official information flow lacks transparency as to what is really happening
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18 Feb 19, 7:44am
Guy Trafford finds that innovation in markets we don't have a cultural affinity for is possible, despite Fonterra's China mis-steps - and it will essential to capture better returns for producers
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14 Feb 19, 11:33am
New Zealand has a healthy wine industry on the back of profitability for wineries of all sizes, strengthening balance sheets and a healthy propensity for innovation
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14 Feb 19, 9:49am
Allan Barber surveys the practical Brexit risk for our meat trade and finds it is too soon to panic; we must keep talking to trading partners, hold our breath and wait
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13 Feb 19, 9:11am
Guy Trafford says the arable farming practice of stubble-burning makes no sense farming-wise and is unhelpfully selfish in its wider impacts on the community
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12 Feb 19, 12:18pm
Log prices rise by more than +NZ$12/JASm3 due to rising prices in China and India, and falling ocean freight costs. India now delivers a premium exceeding +9% over China
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9 Feb 19, 9:31am
Keith Woodford explains the decisions and behaviours that have led to dairy’s debt-laden pickle
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8 Feb 19, 8:10am
The British obsession with food production vs obesity and climate may hurt their local producers and help NZ farmers. Saputo shakes things up. China infant formula market changes
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6 Feb 19, 9:16am
Guy Trafford looks behind the urban bumper-stickers to find a different, nuanced message that points the finger at urban consumer choices as the real climate change laggards
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3 Feb 19, 8:29am
Guy Trafford rounds up the week's dairy issues on the value of irrigation as a climate adaption, black beetles, sheep dairying, & more
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2 Feb 19, 9:01am
Rabobank says good production conditions and strong commodity pricing will continue in 2019. But that policy decisions made this year will determine rural resilience for the inevitable downturn
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30 Jan 19, 12:24pm
Guy Trafford analyses the sheep meat market showing the changes to where our product goes, and where our rivals are focusing
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30 Jan 19, 9:20am
Allan Barber says the answer to the faster pace of market change signals is to keep things simple, while keeping an open mind. Consumers may be 'king' but they are fickle and what they do is often different to what they say
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24 Jan 19, 9:50am
Guy Trafford assess the consequences of heightened American competition in the dairy export trade, and looks at their staying power. Westland Coop draws Saputo interest
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24 Jan 19, 9:47am
Farm sales ended last year on a high note with good weather lifting sales although prices were flat overall
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23 Jan 19, 4:30pm
Keith Woodford explains how transforming dairy to be environmentally friendly is possible, but existing debt will be a big constraint
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23 Jan 19, 9:12am
Guy Trafford takes another look at a growing problem that never seems to get resolved, notes a full effort to protect 'old world' markets, and assesses changes to farm gate prices
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17 Jan 19, 5:53pm
Guy Trafford looks at what is on the dairy agenda at the start of the new year, on-farm, at the dairy companies, the weather, and in the trade arena
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