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22 Jun 18, 7:35am
Infant formula concerns raised for Fonterra and Beingmate in China. Fonterra says it's a technical not food safety issue, plays it down
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21 Jun 18, 7:45am
Guy Trafford traces the implications for agricultural trade flows from the game of poker the US is playing with China. All sides are vulnerable, even those not directly involved
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20 Jun 18, 10:21am
For sheep & beef farmers, the tradeoffs needed to meet tighter GHG regulation are becoming clearer. If methane is out of the basic equation, less than 10% planted in trees could mop up all liable emissions
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14 Jun 18, 8:32am
Government ministers try to build bridges with the rural community, some by 'friendship', some by bullying. Also, why are there three national farm databases? wonders Guy Trafford
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13 Jun 18, 8:55am
Real science puts agricultural methane in its proper place as a contributor to greenhouse gas emmissions, a 'flow' pollutant and less concerning than 'stock' pollutants like carbon dioxide
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7 Jun 18, 10:09am
Dairy Report: Perceptions of who-pays-what for m.bovis culling needs balance. But new dairy season payout estimates underline the sector's sustainable strength
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6 Jun 18, 11:10am
Guy Trafford (bravely) looks at the big international influences in markets important to sheep and beef farmers as they start thinking about next year's budgets
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2 Jun 18, 9:44am
Dairy Report: China, the US and the EU may be pushing on, developing their own dairy industries, but prime New Zealand dairy farms are selling for increasingly higher prices
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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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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, 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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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, 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, 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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12 May 18, 10:23am
Guy Trafford says although MPI are slow to accept it, containment of MPB is the future with a long-term eradication plan as was used with TB. That will change dairying
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10 May 18, 2:12pm
Rural update: MPB exposures expanding, cost rising. And re-establishing trade with Iran just got a whole lot harder
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9 May 18, 11:31am
Dairy Report: Review may probe Fonterra’s ability to bring pressure on farmers who it can identify as not acting in the industry's best interests through poor environmental or animal welfare practices
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8 May 18, 3:02pm
Despite politicians piling in, the red meat industry launches new branding and product story campaigns. Lamb prices rise. Beef prices hold. Deer prospects improve further
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7 May 18, 9:35am
The hits the new Government keeps making on farming have the look of scaremongering, ignoring the vast amount of long-term remediation already underway
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7 May 18, 8:55am
Guy Trafford says farmers should resist writing blank cheques for MPI to eradicate MPB until the Government can justify this as the right strategy, and how the money will be spent
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