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25th Jun 21, 10:52am
The Australian Government leadership is now dominated by two throwback climate change sceptics. Guy Trafford assesses where they are going, and why New Zealand may benefit
[Updated]
The Australian Government leadership is now dominated by two throwback climate change sceptics. Guy Trafford assesses where they are going, and why New Zealand may benefit
25th Jun 21, 10:52am
23rd Jun 21, 9:34am
Guy Trafford reviews KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda 2021 document and isn't impressed by the attempt to be trendy and assume the rest of the world will adopt our politicised worldview
Guy Trafford reviews KPMG’s Agribusiness Agenda 2021 document and isn't impressed by the attempt to be trendy and assume the rest of the world will adopt our politicised worldview
23rd Jun 21, 9:34am
19th Jun 21, 8:56am
Intensive sheep farms have been squeezed by dairy and are now drifting to beef with wool right out of the money
Intensive sheep farms have been squeezed by dairy and are now drifting to beef with wool right out of the money
19th Jun 21, 8:56am
17th Jun 21, 4:53pm
Guy Trafford takes his livestock risk management for nitrate poisoning and wonders how these risks apply to humans - and finds salad eaters need to moderate their enthusiasm
Guy Trafford takes his livestock risk management for nitrate poisoning and wonders how these risks apply to humans - and finds salad eaters need to moderate their enthusiasm
17th Jun 21, 4:53pm
16th Jun 21, 11:36am
The global shortage of logs and sawn timber have pushed prices to a record high. Regulatory limits are encouraging the surge when there is a worldwide shortage of wood products
The global shortage of logs and sawn timber have pushed prices to a record high. Regulatory limits are encouraging the surge when there is a worldwide shortage of wood products
16th Jun 21, 11:36am
16th Jun 21, 9:22am
Nimble adjustment in the pandemic, focused marketing, targeted investments, smarter buying, better capital arrangements all contributed to better meat industry returns in 2021. But they remain low for the capital invested
Nimble adjustment in the pandemic, focused marketing, targeted investments, smarter buying, better capital arrangements all contributed to better meat industry returns in 2021. But they remain low for the capital invested
16th Jun 21, 9:22am
14th Jun 21, 8:16am
Guy Trafford sees strong demand pressures from China for our redmeat products, threatening to upend the current balanced set of markets we supply
Guy Trafford sees strong demand pressures from China for our redmeat products, threatening to upend the current balanced set of markets we supply
14th Jun 21, 8:16am
13th Jun 21, 5:12pm
Angus Kebbell talks with Andrew Barton about a new large extension to the Amuri Irrigation scheme south of the Hurunui River. Overall this scheme will take a maximum of 12 cu/m/sec of a river that flows 100 cu/m/sec
Angus Kebbell talks with Andrew Barton about a new large extension to the Amuri Irrigation scheme south of the Hurunui River. Overall this scheme will take a maximum of 12 cu/m/sec of a river that flows 100 cu/m/sec
13th Jun 21, 5:12pm
10th Jun 21, 11:05am
Guy Trafford reviews what the Climate Change Commission's final report recommends for the rural sector. He sees an opportunity to lead change and restoration
Guy Trafford reviews what the Climate Change Commission's final report recommends for the rural sector. He sees an opportunity to lead change and restoration
10th Jun 21, 11:05am
5th Jun 21, 10:26am
Dealing with change and unexpected events may be a normal part of farming, but previous experiences may not prepare us for seasonal changes that don't revert to normal
Dealing with change and unexpected events may be a normal part of farming, but previous experiences may not prepare us for seasonal changes that don't revert to normal
5th Jun 21, 10:26am
4th Jun 21, 2:37pm
Allan Barber reports that the large-employer group of meat processing companies are fearful of what the Fair Pay Agreements will bring for productivity and flexibility. They remember the grim relationships before 1991
Allan Barber reports that the large-employer group of meat processing companies are fearful of what the Fair Pay Agreements will bring for productivity and flexibility. They remember the grim relationships before 1991
4th Jun 21, 2:37pm
3rd Jun 21, 2:49pm
The North Island hill country is where sheep, beef, production forests and carbon farming all compete for land-use
The North Island hill country is where sheep, beef, production forests and carbon farming all compete for land-use
3rd Jun 21, 2:49pm
3rd Jun 21, 10:50am
Flood affected dairy farmers are not only facing years of reconstruction, but the region-wide loss of winter feed reserves. These are the farmers producing more milk with fewer cows and the world's lowest emissions
Flood affected dairy farmers are not only facing years of reconstruction, but the region-wide loss of winter feed reserves. These are the farmers producing more milk with fewer cows and the world's lowest emissions
3rd Jun 21, 10:50am
31st May 21, 10:04am
Angus Kebbell talks with with Robyn Dynes of AgResearch about how reduced nitrate application can not only benefit water quality and GHG emissions, but the resulting lower stock numbers doesn't have to mean lower production
Angus Kebbell talks with with Robyn Dynes of AgResearch about how reduced nitrate application can not only benefit water quality and GHG emissions, but the resulting lower stock numbers doesn't have to mean lower production
31st May 21, 10:04am
31st May 21, 9:47am
Guy Trafford notes that while recent rains flush rivers, they also fill aquifers. But the time it takes to clear nitrates is vastly different between each system. And that sets up special risks for drinking water supplies
Guy Trafford notes that while recent rains flush rivers, they also fill aquifers. But the time it takes to clear nitrates is vastly different between each system. And that sets up special risks for drinking water supplies
31st May 21, 9:47am
26th May 21, 11:00am
Westpac senior agri economist Nathan Penny says Fonterra's reduction of milk price forecast for the current season is 'anticlimactic'
Westpac senior agri economist Nathan Penny says Fonterra's reduction of milk price forecast for the current season is 'anticlimactic'
26th May 21, 11:00am
26th May 21, 9:05am
Fonterra has trimmed its milk price forecast for the current season slightly and sees 'significant pressure on earnings' in the last quarter of the financial year
Fonterra has trimmed its milk price forecast for the current season slightly and sees 'significant pressure on earnings' in the last quarter of the financial year
26th May 21, 9:05am
25th May 21, 4:29pm
Angus Kebbell talks with with Richard Kyte of Thriving Southland exploring how they are enabling long-term adaption at the farm level to expected changes in rainfall in their region and meet their freshwater targets
Angus Kebbell talks with with Richard Kyte of Thriving Southland exploring how they are enabling long-term adaption at the farm level to expected changes in rainfall in their region and meet their freshwater targets
25th May 21, 4:29pm
24th May 21, 11:06am
Guy Trafford sees some good early signs for upcoming livestock and dairy season prices. He sees signs of flock and herd rebuilding. And he notes a growing range of skills development programmes
Guy Trafford sees some good early signs for upcoming livestock and dairy season prices. He sees signs of flock and herd rebuilding. And he notes a growing range of skills development programmes
24th May 21, 11:06am
24th May 21, 10:45am
Sales of farms and lifestyle blocks are running well ahead of last year with prices also on the rise
Sales of farms and lifestyle blocks are running well ahead of last year with prices also on the rise
24th May 21, 10:45am
24th May 21, 9:33am
Dairy company Synlait says it has been given a waiver on its banking covenants for the current financial year as it continues to be hit by ongoing shipping delays
Dairy company Synlait says it has been given a waiver on its banking covenants for the current financial year as it continues to be hit by ongoing shipping delays
24th May 21, 9:33am
22nd May 21, 11:21am
Angus Kebbell talks to Nick Taylor about how one North Canterbury region turned its communities into active, thriving and diverse social centers
Angus Kebbell talks to Nick Taylor about how one North Canterbury region turned its communities into active, thriving and diverse social centers
22nd May 21, 11:21am
22nd May 21, 10:08am
Alternative proteins are no threat to red meats yet. They will need to develop whole-of-value-chain thinking, commitment to the development of a new sector over many years, and significant investment
Alternative proteins are no threat to red meats yet. They will need to develop whole-of-value-chain thinking, commitment to the development of a new sector over many years, and significant investment
22nd May 21, 10:08am
21st May 21, 11:26am
Guy Trafford sees a Budget low on ambition or transformation. He wonders if we will ever get the impetus to make the serious changes needed. This Government isn't engaging in the goals it set for everyone else
Guy Trafford sees a Budget low on ambition or transformation. He wonders if we will ever get the impetus to make the serious changes needed. This Government isn't engaging in the goals it set for everyone else
21st May 21, 11:26am
19th May 21, 2:47pm
ASB economists now see a milk price for farmers next year of $8.20 per kilogram of milk solids, which if achieved would be the second best price ever
ASB economists now see a milk price for farmers next year of $8.20 per kilogram of milk solids, which if achieved would be the second best price ever
19th May 21, 2:47pm

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