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Guy Trafford

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There seems to be reasons to be optimistic about where agriculture is heading, says Guy Trafford. Except for a tone-deaf MPI. The next focus will be the election campaigns
6th May 20, 10:30am
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There seems to be reasons to be optimistic about where agriculture is heading, says Guy Trafford. Except for a tone-deaf MPI. The next focus will be the election campaigns
From mammoth investments in China, to tiny reductions in New Zealand, Guy Trafford updates some important key rural industry events, and is pleased to see renewed resilience investment in irrigation projects
30th Apr 20, 11:33am
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From mammoth investments in China, to tiny reductions in New Zealand, Guy Trafford updates some important key rural industry events, and is pleased to see renewed resilience investment in irrigation projects
Lockdown issues building for farmers who face feed, cost and animal welfare issues as the seasonal pressures build, while the Government and MPI blithely assume these issues are not serious
29th Apr 20, 9:17am
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Lockdown issues building for farmers who face feed, cost and animal welfare issues as the seasonal pressures build, while the Government and MPI blithely assume these issues are not serious
Lockdown changes to come just in time for Moving Day. Softness in dairy prices has industry on edge. Saleyard lockdown starting to cause cascading issues
23rd Apr 20, 3:56pm
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Lockdown changes to come just in time for Moving Day. Softness in dairy prices has industry on edge. Saleyard lockdown starting to cause cascading issues
Lockdown stresses continue to pile up in rural New Zealand but most people acknowledge we are on the right path, and while the pain can't be shared equally, it still must be endured for the good of everyone
22nd Apr 20, 12:51pm
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Lockdown stresses continue to pile up in rural New Zealand but most people acknowledge we are on the right path, and while the pain can't be shared equally, it still must be endured for the good of everyone
Lockdown issues are compounded by the extended dry weather making farm livestock decisions hard, and in the face of a fast-changing farm labour situation
17th Apr 20, 10:08am
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Lockdown issues are compounded by the extended dry weather making farm livestock decisions hard, and in the face of a fast-changing farm labour situation
Guy Trafford muses on how the lockdown will end and how that will play out differently in our trading partners. He looks to recent history for how we handled prior crises. And worries about the lack of global cooperation
15th Apr 20, 11:27am
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Guy Trafford muses on how the lockdown will end and how that will play out differently in our trading partners. He looks to recent history for how we handled prior crises. And worries about the lack of global cooperation
Guy Trafford sees a healthy dairy trade as central to getting our economy back on its feet and the latest GDT auction suggests that element is a positive possibility
8th Apr 20, 4:41pm
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Guy Trafford sees a healthy dairy trade as central to getting our economy back on its feet and the latest GDT auction suggests that element is a positive possibility
The meat industry's fast diversification impresses Guy Trafford. But he wonders where rural workers will come from in the future when we have much stricter visitor controls in place
7th Apr 20, 5:29pm
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The meat industry's fast diversification impresses Guy Trafford. But he wonders where rural workers will come from in the future when we have much stricter visitor controls in place
Guy Trafford wonders what the future will look like for our economy and the rural economy specifically. He sees a long wait and a quite different mix of customers who can buy what we have
2nd Apr 20, 11:40am
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Guy Trafford wonders what the future will look like for our economy and the rural economy specifically. He sees a long wait and a quite different mix of customers who can buy what we have
Guy Trafford is grateful for where he farms, for the rain, and that prices are holding up for farm outputs. But he is also looking to what lies ahead, post-lockdown
31st Mar 20, 1:02pm
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Guy Trafford is grateful for where he farms, for the rain, and that prices are holding up for farm outputs. But he is also looking to what lies ahead, post-lockdown
Guy Trafford hunkers down, keeps things ticking over, is sceptical about banks, watches China for recovery signs, and thinks about tidying up the hedges while waiting for rain
26th Mar 20, 5:55pm
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Guy Trafford hunkers down, keeps things ticking over, is sceptical about banks, watches China for recovery signs, and thinks about tidying up the hedges while waiting for rain
Guy Trafford updates what we know about farm operations under the Level 3 and strict Level 4 social restrictions with a focus on the practical considerations
24th Mar 20, 11:47am
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Guy Trafford updates what we know about farm operations under the Level 3 and strict Level 4 social restrictions with a focus on the practical considerations
As the slowdown becomes a shutdown and bailout programs kick in, Guy Trafford takes a close look at the signals reaching the farm gate and tries to make sense of them
19th Mar 20, 10:32am
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As the slowdown becomes a shutdown and bailout programs kick in, Guy Trafford takes a close look at the signals reaching the farm gate and tries to make sense of them
Guy Trafford sees widespread support for the Government's coronavirus handling, and watches the market responses in the food sector which now consider the China focus an advantage
18th Mar 20, 10:09am
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Guy Trafford sees widespread support for the Government's coronavirus handling, and watches the market responses in the food sector which now consider the China focus an advantage
Guy Trafford is encouraged by reports China is getting back to work, and our export volumes are moving faster again as a result
12th Mar 20, 2:18pm
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Guy Trafford is encouraged by reports China is getting back to work, and our export volumes are moving faster again as a result
Some farmers don't see strong proactive or protective community or Government action being prepared to deal with a local coronavirus outbreak, so are doing their their own ad hoc preparations
11th Mar 20, 10:01am
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Some farmers don't see strong proactive or protective community or Government action being prepared to deal with a local coronavirus outbreak, so are doing their their own ad hoc preparations
Guy Trafford is impressed that dairy prices held their levels at the most recent auction, even more so in NZ currency. He also looks at economic stimulus measures banks and the Government could consider
5th Mar 20, 2:31pm
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Guy Trafford is impressed that dairy prices held their levels at the most recent auction, even more so in NZ currency. He also looks at economic stimulus measures banks and the Government could consider
Guy Trafford looks for signs that trade is restarting in China, and the impact distortions are having on the movement of imported food. It a nervous time for food exporters here
4th Mar 20, 12:07pm
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Guy Trafford looks for signs that trade is restarting in China, and the impact distortions are having on the movement of imported food. It a nervous time for food exporters here
Guy Trafford reviews the fast-changing situation around China's dairy demand and NZ's access and ability to supply
28th Feb 20, 11:56am
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Guy Trafford reviews the fast-changing situation around China's dairy demand and NZ's access and ability to supply
Guy Trafford updates the Covid-19 situation and is growing impact on the rural sector. Decisions are hard, and in combination with very dry conditions, likely to get even harder
26th Feb 20, 4:19pm
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Guy Trafford updates the Covid-19 situation and is growing impact on the rural sector. Decisions are hard, and in combination with very dry conditions, likely to get even harder
Dairy prices surprisingly resilient in face of China's woes. Growing calls to heed the science of water storage to mitigate climate stress effects
21st Feb 20, 9:09am
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Dairy prices surprisingly resilient in face of China's woes. Growing calls to heed the science of water storage to mitigate climate stress effects
Although the situation for those living in China largely depends upon where people live, the coronavirus is having a negative impact upon their agricultural production
13th Feb 20, 10:50am
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Although the situation for those living in China largely depends upon where people live, the coronavirus is having a negative impact upon their agricultural production
Guy Trafford ponders whether the trade interruption due to the coronavirus provides a chance to rethink what we do with our food resources
12th Feb 20, 11:47am
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Guy Trafford ponders whether the trade interruption due to the coronavirus provides a chance to rethink what we do with our food resources
Guy Trafford assesses the impact disruptions in our ag trade with China are having locally, and how long the turmoil might last
5th Feb 20, 12:26pm
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Guy Trafford assesses the impact disruptions in our ag trade with China are having locally, and how long the turmoil might last