Days to the General Election: 16
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1st Oct 20, 10:21am
Guy Trafford tracks the decline in the national sheep flock, noting it is getting down to the minimum level where New Zealand can be an efficient sheepmeat producer
Guy Trafford tracks the decline in the national sheep flock, noting it is getting down to the minimum level where New Zealand can be an efficient sheepmeat producer
1st Oct 20, 10:21am
26th Sep 20, 9:23am
Pressures on farming from policy uncertainty is rising and generating anxiety in rural communities. Funding mental health support is a bottom-of-the-cliff approach, allowing policymakers to ignore their responsibility
Pressures on farming from policy uncertainty is rising and generating anxiety in rural communities. Funding mental health support is a bottom-of-the-cliff approach, allowing policymakers to ignore their responsibility
26th Sep 20, 9:23am
25th Sep 20, 11:49am
The Wool Industry Working Group's latest report holds out little prospect of a change in fortunes for their natural fibre, the latest in a long line of attempts to find new viable markets
The Wool Industry Working Group's latest report holds out little prospect of a change in fortunes for their natural fibre, the latest in a long line of attempts to find new viable markets
25th Sep 20, 11:49am
24th Sep 20, 10:27am
by Guest
Waning sentiment among sheep and beef farmers pushes rural confidence further into negative territory: Rabobank
Waning sentiment among sheep and beef farmers pushes rural confidence further into negative territory: Rabobank
24th Sep 20, 10:27am
24th Sep 20, 10:26am
With early voting about to open (and be more popular than ever), Guy Trafford reviews the election policies affecting the rural community from across the political spectrum. He isn't impressed
With early voting about to open (and be more popular than ever), Guy Trafford reviews the election policies affecting the rural community from across the political spectrum. He isn't impressed
24th Sep 20, 10:26am
22nd Sep 20, 4:42pm
Allan Barber reports on B+LNZ's research into regenerative agriculture's opportunity for New Zealand, given that we have had a natural headstart, and big corporate support
Allan Barber reports on B+LNZ's research into regenerative agriculture's opportunity for New Zealand, given that we have had a natural headstart, and big corporate support
22nd Sep 20, 4:42pm
22nd Sep 20, 2:13pm
The Chinese dairy category has been one of the strongest performers since COVID-19 but foreign dairy brands aren't sharing in these substantial market gains
The Chinese dairy category has been one of the strongest performers since COVID-19 but foreign dairy brands aren't sharing in these substantial market gains
22nd Sep 20, 2:13pm
21st Sep 20, 11:39am
Guy Trafford digests Fonterra's result for the year just gone and looks ahead at what the current season may bring
Guy Trafford digests Fonterra's result for the year just gone and looks ahead at what the current season may bring
21st Sep 20, 11:39am
21st Sep 20, 10:09am
Fonterra has stabilised its finances with more asset sales forthcoming. It now operates a conservative model supported by its farmer members. But the model will not create the ‘national champion’ that the Labour Government has always hoped for
Fonterra has stabilised its finances with more asset sales forthcoming. It now operates a conservative model supported by its farmer members. But the model will not create the ‘national champion’ that the Labour Government has always hoped for
21st Sep 20, 10:09am
20th Sep 20, 11:44am
Making long term improvements to farm soils in sympathy with nature's challenges is tough enough. But doing it in the face of misguided Wellington bureaucrats rules and politics is even tougher. The pressure is now intense
Making long term improvements to farm soils in sympathy with nature's challenges is tough enough. But doing it in the face of misguided Wellington bureaucrats rules and politics is even tougher. The pressure is now intense
20th Sep 20, 11:44am
17th Sep 20, 9:01am
The surprise rise in dairy prices emphasises just how abnormal trading has become for all agricultural products, as local distortions produce supply and price reactions in distant markets
The surprise rise in dairy prices emphasises just how abnormal trading has become for all agricultural products, as local distortions produce supply and price reactions in distant markets
17th Sep 20, 9:01am
16th Sep 20, 10:20am
Westpac's senior agri economist Nathan Penny says latest dairy auction results are consistent with a milk price of $6.50 for the current season, though he cautions that it is still early days yet
Westpac's senior agri economist Nathan Penny says latest dairy auction results are consistent with a milk price of $6.50 for the current season, though he cautions that it is still early days yet
16th Sep 20, 10:20am
12th Sep 20, 10:16am
Climate change will probably have the greatest impact on agriculture here through changes in climate variability and climate extremes
Climate change will probably have the greatest impact on agriculture here through changes in climate variability and climate extremes
12th Sep 20, 10:16am
12th Sep 20, 9:46am
Strong domestic demand and rising China demand for both logs and sawn timber has both sawmillers and log exporters optimistic. Indian demand still weak as pandemic limits capacity
Strong domestic demand and rising China demand for both logs and sawn timber has both sawmillers and log exporters optimistic. Indian demand still weak as pandemic limits capacity
12th Sep 20, 9:46am
11th Sep 20, 10:20am
The block on international travel has hit the daigou trade hard and provided surpercharged growth for established commercial channels of products that were traded that way
The block on international travel has hit the daigou trade hard and provided surpercharged growth for established commercial channels of products that were traded that way
11th Sep 20, 10:20am
11th Sep 20, 9:44am
Allan Barber investigates why our health outcomes have got worse despite a clear move of most people towards the official guidance of eating less saturated fats. Is that guidance flawed?
Allan Barber investigates why our health outcomes have got worse despite a clear move of most people towards the official guidance of eating less saturated fats. Is that guidance flawed?
11th Sep 20, 9:44am
9th Sep 20, 3:43pm
Guy Trafford says tax-induced land use changes means the demise of beef cows are just starting despite some clear advantages
Guy Trafford says tax-induced land use changes means the demise of beef cows are just starting despite some clear advantages
9th Sep 20, 3:43pm
9th Sep 20, 9:56am
Green vegetables and hydroponics combine nicely when consumers are close but productive land is scarce
Green vegetables and hydroponics combine nicely when consumers are close but productive land is scarce
9th Sep 20, 9:56am
5th Sep 20, 10:20am
Angus Kebbell summarises what is required by the new freshwater management policies, and has a few thoughts from a farming perspective
Angus Kebbell summarises what is required by the new freshwater management policies, and has a few thoughts from a farming perspective
5th Sep 20, 10:20am
4th Sep 20, 12:36pm
Dairy price falls get analysts' attention. Fonterra slips in the pecking order. Ship disaster hardens attitudes to live animal exports
Dairy price falls get analysts' attention. Fonterra slips in the pecking order. Ship disaster hardens attitudes to live animal exports
4th Sep 20, 12:36pm
2nd Sep 20, 12:31pm
Guy Trafford is looking for reader help in trying to understand why farmers in the South Island get paid consistently less for their livestock
Guy Trafford is looking for reader help in trying to understand why farmers in the South Island get paid consistently less for their livestock
2nd Sep 20, 12:31pm
2nd Sep 20, 11:57am
Westpac's senior agri economist Nathan Penny says Covid has been the 'key driver' in the reduction in the price premium of milk fat over protein
Westpac's senior agri economist Nathan Penny says Covid has been the 'key driver' in the reduction in the price premium of milk fat over protein
2nd Sep 20, 11:57am
1st Sep 20, 4:12pm
by Guest
NZIER's Chris Nixon wonders why are we surprised by the enduring strength of the dairy industry. He sees our dairy commodity trade as well positioned for the coming COVID-19 related world recession
NZIER's Chris Nixon wonders why are we surprised by the enduring strength of the dairy industry. He sees our dairy commodity trade as well positioned for the coming COVID-19 related world recession
1st Sep 20, 4:12pm
31st Aug 20, 12:08pm
Earthquake risk and climate change in the Wairarapa valley are the focus of Angus Kebbell's review of how farmers are meeting the challenges
Earthquake risk and climate change in the Wairarapa valley are the focus of Angus Kebbell's review of how farmers are meeting the challenges
31st Aug 20, 12:08pm
29th Aug 20, 10:30am
Angus Kebbell talks to viticulturist Emma Taylor about the consequences for the wine industry of a closed border for plant imports, and how that is encouraging local development to avoid biosecurity risks, on sustainability and on genetic diversity
Angus Kebbell talks to viticulturist Emma Taylor about the consequences for the wine industry of a closed border for plant imports, and how that is encouraging local development to avoid biosecurity risks, on sustainability and on genetic diversity
29th Aug 20, 10:30am

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Days to the General Election: 16
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