Rural news

1 Jun 18, 9:15am
Already-stressed farmers will need to use all resources available to cope with the added impact of mycoplasma bovis. Their personal resilience faces a severe test
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30 May 18, 12:08pm
After coming under pressure for not taking calves through to greater age and potential, MPB risks have now suddenly turned that on its head
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30 May 18, 8:58am
In a second open letter to the Minister of Agriculture, Keith Woodford highlights some ‘coalface’ issues that MPI is really struggling with, right now
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28 May 18, 9:36pm
Keith Woodford says the Government is underestimating the animal and human welfare issues in its MPB plan, along with underestimating the complexity of the compensation claims
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28 May 18, 4:01pm
The Prime Minister says Cabinet, and Primary Sector officials, agree they have ‘one shot’ to eradicate the cattle bacterial disease and is expecting it to cost almost $1 billion
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25 May 18, 4:52pm
Mycoplasma bovis: do we need to go so fast and should the North and South Islands be managed separately?
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24 May 18, 10:18am
Dairy Report: D-day looms for the M Bovis decision as farmers get ready for cow moving day
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23 May 18, 9:10am
Dairy giant Fonterra lifts current season milk price forecast to $6.75 from $6.55, but says dividend may be more than halved; milk price forecast for new season, at $7, is much higher than expected
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23 May 18, 8:35am
The newly launched NFX raises many questions for an amazing, natural product that constantly gets poor prices - unless it is merino
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22 May 18, 12:05pm
Simon Bridges says he doesn't want to use Mycoplasma bovis as a ‘political football’, despite the issue for weeks being kicked around by both National and Labour
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21 May 18, 1:27pm
REINZ says latest figures show predictable easing in sales volumes, particularly for the category of finishing units. Conversely, forestry has experienced a lift, albeit sales numbers are relatively small; lifestyle block sales up
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21 May 18, 11:47am
Finance Minister Grant Robertson is tasking Treasury and MPI with investigating establishing a fund to 'get ahead' of biosecurity threats
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21 May 18, 8:49am
Keith Woodford explains how crucial decisions are pending re Mycoplasma bovis and Government must recognise its own limitations
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18 May 18, 8:56am
Despite expectations of an environmental and biosecurity reset, Budget 2018 was a boring-as-usual effort offering little new direction for the rural community
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17 May 18, 3:25pm
Our compilation of some of the key comments made in response to the 2018 Budget
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17 May 18, 9:21am
Dairy Report: Small rise in dairy prices underpins positive market sentiment for sector. Analysts see further gains. Risks include trade ruction fallout and biosecurity
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16 May 18, 3:35pm
ASB economists expect Fonterra next week to give a 'healthy' milk price forecast of $6.50 or better for the new season
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16 May 18, 8:38am
MPB policy dominates farmer anxiety, as waiting for specifics and commitments drag on. Southland farm sales reveal fallout. Product prices hold up however
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16 May 18, 6:02am
Allan Barber says South Island cooperatives need to take a hard look at the message they communicate to their suppliers by continually pitching their schedules far below real market values
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15 May 18, 9:19am
Export markets for unpruned sawn timber consume everything NZ mills can supply. Strong and growing demand from the USA and European markets for clear lumber. Local markets accept price increases
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