Rural news

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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21 Nov 18, 8:47am
Allan Barber says the inescapable conclusion is that it is the ownership structure, not board composition, inhibiting Fonterra from reaching its true potential
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20 Nov 18, 8:33am
Keith Woodford discusses A1 and A2 milk in Russia, and some broader issues of Russian life
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19 Nov 18, 8:48am
New marketing initiatives extend opportunities in a mature market, even as demand grows in other regions. Venison tries to go up-market with new and less expensive cuts
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16 Nov 18, 11:49am
Rabobank sees solid returns in red meat sector in 2019 with sheepmeat leading the way. The trade wars may improve our competitiveness, but other risks need to be watched and responded to
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16 Nov 18, 9:19am
Online dairy sales gets some exposure from China and a glimpse of the value opportunities compared with the volume strategies of the past. MPI stubs its toe over MPB again
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15 Nov 18, 10:18am
Keith Woodford describes how MPI continues to depict the Mycoplasma bovis story in support of their preferred narrative
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15 Nov 18, 10:03am
The higher dollar is resulting in lower prices except for lamb and mutton. Saleyard demand continues to underpin prices, and undermine company efforts to relay end-market signals to producers
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13 Nov 18, 4:57pm
Nervous demand from China as their inventories shrink raises prices for logs. Demand for sawn timber remains strong but supply competition rises. Domestic markets unchanged
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11 Nov 18, 6:30am
Shane Jones accuses the FMA of being 'chummy' with banks, the RBNZ of being too independent and the Super Fund of using the wrong investment strategy 
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10 Nov 18, 9:57am
Allan Barber reports the 'Taste Pure Nature' brand is almost ready to roll out in two key California cities, and Shanghai. The target is the conscious foodie consumer group; the goal is sustained up-sized returns
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8 Nov 18, 12:08pm
An independent report prepared for farmer shareholders shows a $2 billion 'opportunity cost' in foregone earnings during Fonterra's 17 years of existence; 'value-added' business returns 'significantly below' what is needed
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8 Nov 18, 9:03am
Fonterra is under attack from all sides, and now from within, as it grapples with issues that date back to 2001. These restraints allow its competitors to pick away at its good bits. China holds a tariff lever over NZ policymakers
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7 Nov 18, 9:06am
The push is on to adopt rules for a maximum residual level for a range of benign compounds in food products. That progress will open up new ways to control greenhouse gasses from agriculture
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6 Nov 18, 8:20pm
Shareholders make choices somewhat different to the candidates put forward by the Fonterra Board, and a further election will be needed for the final position
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1 Nov 18, 4:09pm
a2 Milk faces US challenges on claimed benefits, CPTPP benefits to start soon, huge new Canterbury dairy expansion
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31 Oct 18, 1:43pm
Global dairy commodities market forces reduction of payout prediction at Westland Milk despite strong milk flows, as they move to access new capital and reduce debt
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