Rural news

16 Feb 18, 4:26pm
Allan Barber sees increasingly urban crowds turning up for traditional A&P Shows like the Warkworth one, and a unique opportunity to balance out urban prejudices with rural realities and sensible perspectives. And it works
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15 Feb 18, 12:13pm
Farmers now have negative perceptions of the economy, farm profitability, farm production and farm spending. Farm debt levels have increased and fewer farms are debt-free
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14 Feb 18, 2:27pm
Average log prices remain well above 3yr average with firm demand from China and is likely to improve, variable demand from India where improvement will come later in 2018
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14 Feb 18, 9:28am
Keith Woodford explores how fights over leasehold values have influenced High-Country reform
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13 Feb 18, 4:49pm
Good red meat demand across all categories extends, helped by late season rain and good grass conditions. Even wool caught a lift. But the mystery over lambs wool prices deepens
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13 Feb 18, 4:21pm
Guy Trafford reviews the week's dairy industry news featuring a firmer dairy price, mycoplasma bovis, NAIT's woes and Fonterra's China struggles
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8 Feb 18, 12:14pm
A third, large rise in dairy prices raises spirits in the face of mycoplasma bovis. Milk flows getting weather-tested
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7 Feb 18, 4:41pm
Markets giving deer industry strong signals, good signals elsewhere except for wool. But farmers worry about what the financial signals foretell
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7 Feb 18, 11:17am
Latest GlobalDairyTrade auction results give support to the forecast of a $6.40 milk price for farmers - and possibly even a bit better - this season
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1 Feb 18, 4:14pm
Allan Barber watches quota entitlements as a gauge of shifting meat company fortunes and market share. Rationalisation has brought a stronger meat industry even for farmers
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31 Jan 18, 5:18pm
Guy Trafford wonders how a suggested Fonterra dairy co-operative in Australia would work. He finds it hard to see benefits for New Zealand shareholders
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31 Jan 18, 9:30am
Markets give some encouraging signals; lamb prices firm; wool is micron dependent; beef shows surprising strength; deer season keeps on shining
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29 Jan 18, 4:30pm
Keith Woodford discusses land tenure complexities of the high country. To extend the conservation estate, the Crown must obey the law. But activists tend to gloss over those requirements
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25 Jan 18, 4:39pm
Drought worries replaced by Mycoplasma Bovis risks and concerns about MPI management of the outbreak. Milk flows lower. CPTPP benefits for NZ dairy will be much less
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25 Jan 18, 3:56pm
Guy Trafford is concerned the sheep milk industry will be set back by a new milk dryer sited in the wrong province, far away from major sheep flocks that could use it. Public money is involved in this blunder
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24 Jan 18, 12:15pm
There is a danger that the supply of farms coming on to the market could outstrip demand - REINZ
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24 Jan 18, 9:14am
Wool in doldrums - "don't bother producing it". Lamb prices hold up well. Deer prices strong. Cattle prices hit by weaker US dollar although store prices holding on assumption US shenanigans are temporary
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22 Jan 18, 2:56pm
Fonterra says its Beingmate associate may lose over NZ$200 million for 2017; directors questioning Beingmate's financial management and reporting; Fonterra will 'consider financial implications' in its own forthcoming interim result
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17 Jan 18, 4:57pm
After the uncertainty of Mycoplasma bovis and widespread drought, the latest dairy auction has brought a more positive tone to the industry
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17 Jan 18, 12:41pm
What a difference a day makes. Days of rain have underpinned the store market
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