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BOP DAIRY AWARDS BOOSTS CAREERS
03 Mar 2015
Entering the Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards has helped the region’s 2015 Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Grant and Karley Thomson, secure a new position beginning in June. The couple were the major winners at the 2015 Bay of...
BOP DAIRY AWARDS BOOSTS CAREERS

SOUTH AFRICANS DOMINATE CENTRAL PLATEAU DAIRY AWARDS
03 Mar 2015
There was a South African treble at the 2015 Central Plateau Dairy Industry Awards last night, with all three major winners having South African roots. The 2015 Central Plateau Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Johan and Theona...
SOUTH AFRICANS DOMINATE CENTRAL PLATEAU DAIRY AWARDS

Fruit Incursion Shows Poor Risk Management
23 Feb 2015
The finding of a small population of Queensland Fruit fly in Auckland shows the failure of MPI’s risk management program. It is clear that MPI have failed to adjust to the increased threat with the explosion of Fruit Fly this...
Fruit Incursion Shows Poor Risk Management

Landline is back for 2015
09 Feb 2015
The iconic Australian news and current affairs show ‘Landline’ returns in full volume with presenter Pip Courtney in 2015 with a premiere date of 13th February. The show has always been well-received on NZ screens with Country TV holding the...
Landline is back for 2015

Farmer confidence falls with dairy prices and dry summer
08 Feb 2015
A slump in farmer confidence has seen Federated Farmers’ new-season 2015 Farm Confidence Survey move further into negative territory. Pessimists outnumber optimists for both the general economy and farm profitability. Federated...
Farmer confidence falls with dairy prices and dry summer

Dairy farmers' confidence drying up
06 Feb 2015
Farmers are more pessimistic about their prospects, according to the latest Federated Farmers farm confidence survey.
Dairy farmers' confidence drying up

Government assistance for drought not a hand out
22 Jan 2015
Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial. “Adverse event declarations don’t make...
Government assistance for drought not a hand out

That’s Country Makes a Return to TV
22 Jan 2015
Back in 1976, That’s Country hit TV screens across New Zealand in a country music phenomenon that travelled across the globe, becoming the first NZ TV show to be sold to American broadcasters. It was successful everywhere, and next month it...
That’s Country Makes a Return to TV

AWARDS CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW ENTRANTS
14 Jan 2015
The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards has continued to attract large numbers of first time entrants to the awards programme, which aims to help people progress their career in the dairy industry. National Convenor Chris Keeping says an...
AWARDS CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW ENTRANTS

Fire risk in mowing roadside vegetation
14 Jan 2015
Federated Farmers are warning farmers and the rural community of the risk in mowing roadside vegetation in the extreme dry conditions. “The fire environment has reached the point where it has become extremely dangerous and high risk to use a...
Fire risk in mowing roadside vegetation

Clobbering machine killing dairying
01 Jan 2015
Farmers daily tiptoe around a minefield of regulations and bureaucracy.
Clobbering machine killing dairying

Wool bales stolen from Canterbury farms
17 Dec 2014
A human 'wolf' has been targeting sheep's clothing at two Akaroa farms.
Wool bales stolen from Canterbury farms

ENTRIES CLOSED IN 2015 DAIRY AWARDS
03 Dec 2014
A total of 539 entries have been received in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, including the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. ...
ENTRIES CLOSED IN 2015 DAIRY AWARDS

Further GDT drop leaves farmers uncertain
19 Nov 2014
Another drop in the GlobalDairyTrade of 3.1 percent will be a huge disappointment to New Zealand’s dairy farmers. “It goes without saying that the lowest auction price in five years is going to be a blow to the industry,” says Andrew Hoggard,...
Further GDT drop leaves farmers uncertain

ENTER DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS CAREER
12 Nov 2014
With just over two weeks to go until entries close in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers encourage those dairy farmers who are keen to progress their career in the industry to enter. National convenor Chris Keeping says...
ENTER DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS CAREER

Feed Grain market tightens up
10 Nov 2014
Grain growers will be heading into the next harvest with silos completely empty, and an emerging potential for shortages. This is according to a recent study published by the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI). David Clark, Federated...
Feed Grain market tightens up

Ruataniwha makes Canterbury irrigators envious
06 Nov 2014
With the chair of Mid-Canterbury’s BCI scheme envious of the Ruataniwha Dam site, Federated Farmers believes the momentum is back with the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, with ‘decision day’ looming by Christmas. “Tuesday’s event with...
Ruataniwha makes Canterbury irrigators envious

EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGE STAFF TO ENTER DAIRY AWARDS
03 Nov 2014
Encouraging staff to enter the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards will assist their progress in the dairy industry. Richard and Joanna Greaves have always had staff members enter the awards – the Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year,...
EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGE STAFF TO ENTER DAIRY AWARDS

Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014
30 Oct 2014
A diverse group of rural New Zealanders has been chosen as the latest crop of Nuffield Scholars. Nuffield New Zealand and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have announced the scholarships at a function in Wellington for West Coast dairy...
Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014

ENTRIES OPEN IN 2015 DAIRY INDUSTRY AWARDS
20 Oct 2014
Entries are now being accepted in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, including the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. All...
ENTRIES OPEN IN 2015 DAIRY INDUSTRY AWARDS

Record turnout in wool referendum, levy narrowly declined
16 Oct 2014
Electionz.com has released the final result of the Wool Levy Referendum and wool growers have voted 42.81% to 57.19% against the levy while the weighted vote from larger enterprises was against the levy 40.12% to 59.88%. The record voter turnout...

Wool Levy voted down in preliminary results
14 Oct 2014
Sheep farmers have narrowly turned down the chance for a Wool Commodity Levy, with the final results to be announced tomorrow. “Whilst we are disappointed in the result, we are pleased with the voter turn out of 47%, which was larger the...
Wool Levy voted down in preliminary results

Ravensdown to open new Hornby office
09 Oct 2014
Fertiliser manufacturer Ravensdown is spending more than $20 million on new office headquarters and a revamp of its supply line as it concentrates operations in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby.
Ravensdown to open new Hornby office

Last chance to vote, for NZ sheep farmers
08 Oct 2014
Sheep farmers have only three days left to vote for the Wool Levy Referendum, closing at 2pm this Friday, 10 October. “This is the final call for sheep farmers to decide the future of their wool industry on Friday,” says Rick Powdrell,...
Last chance to vote, for NZ sheep farmers

Westland Milk not satisfied with record result
01 Oct 2014
Westland Milk Products has reported record group revenue for the 2013-14 financial year of $830 million, up 46 per cent on the previous year.
Westland Milk not satisfied with record result

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