Rural news

12 Dec 18, 11:45am
Guy Trafford solves the riddle of why farmer confidence is low when prices are high. The cost of increased box-ticking makes the future of smaller family farms less viable
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12 Dec 18, 10:13am
A government Farm Debt Mediation Bill would be 'a useful tool in the tool kit' Federated Farmers says as farmers' satisfaction with their banks drops
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11 Dec 18, 4:55pm
China log demand stable but lower freight costs absorbed by higher NZD. Sawn timber exports strong especially to the EU, and prospects bright
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11 Dec 18, 12:02pm
Fonterra unveils a new financial tool it says will help farmers gain more certainty of what they will be paid for their milk
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11 Dec 18, 11:24am
The new tractor sales surge underlines confidence in rural sectors, and is part of the growth of rural exports built on rising productivity and in spite of a rising NZD
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10 Dec 18, 5:11pm
Keith Woodford explains why Fonterra’s strategic reset depends on board personalities as well as strategy
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7 Dec 18, 9:58am
Rabobank survey shows farmer confidence falling for the third straight quarter pushing the net rural confidence reading further into negative territory, now with more of the country’s farmers pessimistic than optimistic
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6 Dec 18, 10:14am
Guy Trafford reviews the latest auction and milk payout changes, Westland's restructure update, M bovis eradication costs
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6 Dec 18, 9:01am
Fonterra cuts farmgate milk price forecast range to $6.00-$6.30 per kgMS from $6.25-$6.50, forced down by rising international milk supply. Dividend indications unchanged
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5 Dec 18, 4:38pm
Guy Trafford reviews the latest changes in the national sheep flock in the face of peak dairy. Warren Parker get the Landcorp gig
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5 Dec 18, 3:58pm
With a good balance sheet, Alliance is repositioning itself to capture better margins from its $1.6 bln in revenue, a goal that wasn't achieved in its last year's results. Its promise is in the future
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5 Dec 18, 2:23pm
Westpac economists are the latest to trim their milk price forecast for this season - down to $6.10 from $6.25
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3 Dec 18, 3:01pm
BNZ economists are the latest to lower their milk price forecast for the current season - to $6, which is below Fonterra's forecast range of $6.25 to $6.50
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29 Nov 18, 10:36am
Guy Trafford reviews the latest claims on Canterbury water quality by Fish & Game and finds misrepresented sources, misquoted facts, and no transparency around samples selected. Fish & Game respond
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27 Nov 18, 11:06am
Suppliers do well, investors not so, raising questions about the sustainability of the co-operative model as its customers and markets change fast. Brexit update. Market reports
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26 Nov 18, 9:03am
Keith Woodford discusses why understanding Russia can be important to our New Zealand agrifood industries
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22 Nov 18, 9:43am
Guy Trafford reviews the challenges the dairy industry faces, noting a2 Milk successes stand out even as production rises and prices fall for most others
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21 Nov 18, 11:20am
ASB economists trim farm gate milk price forecast for the second time in a month; now see price of $6, which is below the current Fonterra forecast
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21 Nov 18, 10:16am
REINZ says a lot of farms came on to the market in the past month and the success or otherwise of marketing these will reflect the resilience - or otherwise - of the market; there's life in lifestyle block sales
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21 Nov 18, 8:48am
Regulators ignore claims of 'meat' and 'milk' by products that are constructed in a chemistry lab. Double-standard advertising features rural roots. Meanwhile urban voters suppress safe farming technology options
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