Rural news

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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31 Oct 18, 9:06am
Keith Woodford discusses the importance of agriculture to an export led economy and the need to keep an eye on the ball
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31 Oct 18, 8:43am
Guy Trafford summarises the debate around how we should deal with methane emissions, and introduces you to the global regulation of SLCPs
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27 Oct 18, 10:16am
Allan Barber sees silly procurement competition as the bane of the meat industry, distorting signals to producers, and roiling industry sustainability
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25 Oct 18, 10:54am
Guy Trafford assesses the mess the US dairy industry is in from the recent unintended consequences of bad trade policies. He also reviews Canterbury dairy farm sales activity
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24 Oct 18, 11:22am
Farms and lifestyle block sales volumes drop but prices are holding up reasonably well, although dairy farm prices have taken a hit REINZ says
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24 Oct 18, 10:34am
Guy Trafford looks at our current struggle with mycoplasma bovis and compares that with how others have tackled other major animal disease outbreaks
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24 Oct 18, 8:43am
Keith Woodford describes how the major global dairy companies are now reacting to the A2 milk phenomenon by climbing aboard with their own A2 products
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18 Oct 18, 8:43am
Guy Trafford reviews the latest dairy price signals and updates the mycoplasma bovis situation
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17 Oct 18, 2:48pm
The trade wars have focused China's policy makers on fast changes in their agricultural sector to catch up on productivity and food security
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17 Oct 18, 2:10pm
ASB economists now see a milk price for this season of $6.25 per kilogram of milk solids, down from a previous forecast of $6.50; see farmer net earnings as about $240 million lower
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17 Oct 18, 11:41am
Politicised fads don't sway EPA's science. Consumer localism fads don't support real farmers. Prices retreat for livestock although to still-healthy levels
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15 Oct 18, 10:37am
Keith Woodford discusses Mycoplasma bovis compensation and the uncertainties of eradication as MPI manages the information flow
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10 Oct 18, 10:32am
Shifting from commodity production styles to meeting targeted consumer demand will require big shifts and a wider view of what the market really is, says Guy Trafford
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10 Oct 18, 10:11am
Guy Trafford reviews and updates a series of changes affecting the dairy industry and how they will impact those affected
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