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Strong dairy prices are not translating into many dairy farm sales transactions, especially in Southland. Guy Trafford examines the reasons, and looks at the wider dairy trade picture
18th Sep 21, 10:30am
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Strong dairy prices are not translating into many dairy farm sales transactions, especially in Southland. Guy Trafford examines the reasons, and looks at the wider dairy trade picture
Guy Trafford sees new questions about changing land use to monocultures such as pine with no foreseeable plans for harvesting, and their GHG emissions, and with very limited contribution to ecological ecosystems
16th Sep 21, 10:44am
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Guy Trafford sees new questions about changing land use to monocultures such as pine with no foreseeable plans for harvesting, and their GHG emissions, and with very limited contribution to ecological ecosystems
Guy Trafford assesses how Australia is handling the 'opportunities' they have with forestry and carbon credits, and finds minor progress driven by local issues
12th Sep 21, 9:54am
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Guy Trafford assesses how Australia is handling the 'opportunities' they have with forestry and carbon credits, and finds minor progress driven by local issues
The pointy end of animal science is making progress via breeding and vaccines to deliver livestock that can meet market food demands in a way that allows farmers to produce it and meet both climate and sustainability requirements
11th Sep 21, 10:58am
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The pointy end of animal science is making progress via breeding and vaccines to deliver livestock that can meet market food demands in a way that allows farmers to produce it and meet both climate and sustainability requirements
A projected drop in Chinese import demand for dairy products sees Rabobank lower its farmgate milk price forecast for the 2021/2022 season
11th Sep 21, 9:27am
by Guest
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A projected drop in Chinese import demand for dairy products sees Rabobank lower its farmgate milk price forecast for the 2021/2022 season
Despite all the external political pressures, buyers want our dairy products and are bidding up prices, reports Guy Trafford. Sadly, Synlait isn't benefiting
9th Sep 21, 4:11pm
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Despite all the external political pressures, buyers want our dairy products and are bidding up prices, reports Guy Trafford. Sadly, Synlait isn't benefiting
Encouraged by a strong global dairy auction this week, BNZ economists have raised their milk price pick by 50c to $8.30
9th Sep 21, 9:49am
Encouraged by a strong global dairy auction this week, BNZ economists have raised their milk price pick by 50c to $8.30
Allan Barber notes that high milk prices and uncertain beef markets mean fewer dairy calves are being raised this season, raising viability issues for the red meat sector
9th Sep 21, 9:40am
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Allan Barber notes that high milk prices and uncertain beef markets mean fewer dairy calves are being raised this season, raising viability issues for the red meat sector
The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere
8th Sep 21, 6:31am
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The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere
Angus Kebbell talks to scientist Sinead Leahy about why and how the rural community needs to respond to the climate crisis, and why not responding will be worse for our rural businesses
6th Sep 21, 9:44am
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Angus Kebbell talks to scientist Sinead Leahy about why and how the rural community needs to respond to the climate crisis, and why not responding will be worse for our rural businesses
Guy Trafford explains how Fonterra and some other large exporters were saved from the worst of the freight stress by the Kotahi Logistics operation. He also shows that China's pig virus crisis is far from over
4th Sep 21, 9:10am
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Guy Trafford explains how Fonterra and some other large exporters were saved from the worst of the freight stress by the Kotahi Logistics operation. He also shows that China's pig virus crisis is far from over
Although prices in China are rising with demand, log sellers effectively pay the shipping costs which have jumped, and this has sharply reduced local at-wharf prices
2nd Sep 21, 12:07pm
Although prices in China are rising with demand, log sellers effectively pay the shipping costs which have jumped, and this has sharply reduced local at-wharf prices
On Wednesday, The Government lost control of the ETS to speculators. This has big implications and challenges for the path ahead
2nd Sep 21, 10:06am
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On Wednesday, The Government lost control of the ETS to speculators. This has big implications and challenges for the path ahead
Allan Barber says the farm assurance programme and its extension into NZFAP Plus will become an essential tool enabling all farmers to justify their licence to operate in an increasingly critical world
30th Aug 21, 10:07am
Allan Barber says the farm assurance programme and its extension into NZFAP Plus will become an essential tool enabling all farmers to justify their licence to operate in an increasingly critical world
Rural women who want to build a business from their home base are showing that with drive and technology, a vast array of businesses can be established successfully. Finding the unique market gap is crucial
29th Aug 21, 11:00pm
Rural women who want to build a business from their home base are showing that with drive and technology, a vast array of businesses can be established successfully. Finding the unique market gap is crucial
Rising beef exports and good prices are expected to hold on demand from the US and China, as alternate suppliers suffer varying supply issues
29th Aug 21, 11:18am
by Guest
Rising beef exports and good prices are expected to hold on demand from the US and China, as alternate suppliers suffer varying supply issues
The important food-derived opioids come from A1 beta-casein and gluten. There are solutions to the problems they create
27th Aug 21, 9:16am
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The important food-derived opioids come from A1 beta-casein and gluten. There are solutions to the problems they create
Allan Barber finds that the new normal for the red meat sector will be very different to the old, pre-Covid normal. The sector's customers and end users are moving on quickly
25th Aug 21, 11:00am
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Allan Barber finds that the new normal for the red meat sector will be very different to the old, pre-Covid normal. The sector's customers and end users are moving on quickly
Different season, different experience: this L4 lockdown reprise will be different on the farm says Guy Trafford. And there are updated minimum and trigger prices for the next round of NZ Units to be auctioned in September
24th Aug 21, 9:53am
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Different season, different experience: this L4 lockdown reprise will be different on the farm says Guy Trafford. And there are updated minimum and trigger prices for the next round of NZ Units to be auctioned in September
Keith Woodford reminds farmers the price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming
23rd Aug 21, 10:41am
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Keith Woodford reminds farmers the price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming
Guy Trafford laments the ongoing decline of the NZ sheep industry, pressured by climate change and related regulations, alternative livestock systems, and forestry, all despite Article 2 of the Paris Agreement
20th Aug 21, 11:54am
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Guy Trafford laments the ongoing decline of the NZ sheep industry, pressured by climate change and related regulations, alternative livestock systems, and forestry, all despite Article 2 of the Paris Agreement
Guy Trafford reports on the latest dairy auction, and reviews some recent market research showing more of household budgets are being spent on delivered food and trying meat alternatives
19th Aug 21, 8:58am
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Guy Trafford reports on the latest dairy auction, and reviews some recent market research showing more of household budgets are being spent on delivered food and trying meat alternatives
Given current carbon prices, the march of the pine trees across the landscape has only just begun. The implications are massive
14th Aug 21, 9:20am
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Given current carbon prices, the march of the pine trees across the landscape has only just begun. The implications are massive
Guy Trafford looks at what the latest IPCC report shows for New Zealand agriculture and the news isn't all bad at all - even if it is just a modelled prediction. But at least these simulations have proven accurate so far
13th Aug 21, 12:06pm
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Guy Trafford looks at what the latest IPCC report shows for New Zealand agriculture and the news isn't all bad at all - even if it is just a modelled prediction. But at least these simulations have proven accurate so far
Angus Kebbell talks to North Canterbury farmer Fiona Bush about how her farm is responding to climate, water, land-use, and political changes. Utilising and relying on off-farm expert advice is becoming a bigger part of farm management
11th Aug 21, 12:23pm
Angus Kebbell talks to North Canterbury farmer Fiona Bush about how her farm is responding to climate, water, land-use, and political changes. Utilising and relying on off-farm expert advice is becoming a bigger part of farm management