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Dairy herd up in North Island but down in South Island
10 May 2017
After a decrease in 2015, the dairy cattle number increased 2 percent in 2016 to reach 6.6 million, Stats NZ said today. However, this was not back to the 2014 level (6.7 million). The North Island dairy herd increased by almost 250,000 cows last...

2017 DAIRY AWARD WINNERS ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS
06 May 2017
The 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards winners and finalists represent a group of people who are acutely aware of environmental issues and the dairy industry’s role in farming responsibly. In front of nearly 550 people at Auckland’s Sky City...

DAIRY TRAINEES ON STUDY TOUR IN LEAD-UP TO AWARDS
04 May 2017
The final countdown is underway for the 33 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, with the winners announced at the national awards dinner this weekend. The 11 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year...

2017 DAIRY AWARDS RECEIVES 424 ENTRIES
05 Dec 2016
A total of 424 entries have been received in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, a result General Manager Chris Keeping says is fantastic given the economic climate in the industry over the past few years. “To achieve this number of...

THREE DAYS TO GO UNTIL DAIRY AWARDS ENTRIES CLOSE
27 Nov 2016
There are just a few days to go until entries close in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, including the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions. Entries are being accepted online...

Lift in forecast payout creates opportunities for farmers
24 Nov 2016
The recent increase in the forecast pay-out to $6 per kilogram of milksolids for the 2017 season means this year for Fonterra farmers, the perfect opportunity for farmers to enter the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and ensure they on the right...

Entries open for the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Awards
19 Oct 2016
The window of opportunity to make a difference to your farming career has arrived! Entries will be accepted for the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards from today, Thursday 20th October, until midnight 30th November. Competitions categories include...
Entries open for the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Awards

AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTOR LIQUIDATION AUCTION
17 Aug 2016
“A/C KARBOLLE HOLDINGS LTD” ON SITE: 72 FALVEY ROAD, LEVELS, TIMARU TRACTORS / BALERS / MOWERS / RAKES 2011 Valtra T202V 4WD agricultural tractor with Farmscan 1100 hectaremeter and monitor. 2006 Valtra M120 4WD agricultural tractor...

TARATAHI INCREASES APICULTURE COURSES
27 Jul 2016
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre is to deliver more beekeeping courses across the country to meet the Apiculture industry’s rapid growth and need for skilled workers. As of March New Zealand honey export values increased to a new record of...
TARATAHI INCREASES APICULTURE COURSES

Two-year drought runs long-time farmer off his land
30 Jun 2016
The farm has been in Nick Hamilton's family for four generations, but today it sits barren and stockless.
Two-year drought runs long-time farmer off his land

Boundary fence ready to face fire risk
23 Jun 2016
After fire destroyed the boundary fence of a client’s livestock property, fencing contractor Terry Renner knew an alternative to timber posts was needed to ensure the replacement could stand up to any future fires. With the property sitting...
Boundary fence ready to face fire risk

New fence departs from tradition
16 Jun 2016
Having constructed over 1000 kilometres of fences as a contractor before retiring from the industry, Alan Davey is well aware of the pros and cons of various designs. So when it came to building a fence on his own farm, he decided to depart from...

POSITIVITY PUMPING AT 2016 NZ DAIRY AWARDS FINAL
08 May 2016
The winners and finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are evidence of the opportunities for people to prosper in the country’s dairy industry. In front of 530 people at Wellington’s TSB Bank Arena last night, Mark and Jaime...
POSITIVITY PUMPING AT 2016 NZ DAIRY AWARDS FINAL

CRUNCH TIME FOR SHARE FARMER FINALISTS
04 May 2016
Judging is underway in the 2016 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year competition, with the 11 finalists having just two hours to make an impression on the judges. The winner will be announced at the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards...
CRUNCH TIME FOR SHARE FARMER FINALISTS

CANTERBURY DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS LEADING THE WAY
06 Apr 2016
The major winners in the 2016 Canterbury Dairy Industry Awards, Michael and Susie Woodward, would like to assist in closing the divide between urban and rural New Zealanders. The couple were announced winners of the region’s Share Farmer of...
CANTERBURY DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS  LEADING THE WAY

Federated Farmers welcomes NZX milk price futures and options
06 Apr 2016
Federated Farmers has welcomed today’s announcement that the Financial Markets Authority and Reserve Bank have formally approved NZX’s milk price futures and options contracts. Expected to launch in May 2016, these are designed to address growing...
Federated Farmers welcomes NZX milk price futures and options

Federated Farmers welcomes cut in Official Cash Rate
10 Mar 2016
Federated Farmers has welcomed the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut the Official Cash Rate by 25 basis points to 2.25 percent. “It’s now up to the banks to pass this cut on to mortgage holders, and we urge them to do so on behalf of all New Zealand...
Federated Farmers welcomes cut in Official Cash Rate

MANAWATU DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS LOOK FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES
08 Mar 2016
The 2016 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards big winner, Stephen Shailer, is on the hunt for a new dairy farm position and hopes his win will help his progress. Mr Shailer won the 2016 Manawatu Share Farmer of the Year title and $10,450 in prizes...
MANAWATU DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS LOOK FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Latest Fonterra downgrade lumps more pressure on farmers
08 Mar 2016
This morning's announcement by Fonterra of a reforecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2015/16 season from $4.15 per kgMS to $3.90 per kgMS will lump more pressure on dairy farmers who will now be counting down the days to end of the season, according...
Latest Fonterra downgrade lumps more pressure on farmers

Auction of the large number of vintage tractors
07 Mar 2016
Peter Walsh and Associates auction this Friday the 11th March at Fairlie

TARANAKI DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS HAPPY TO SHOWCASE INDUSTRY
05 Mar 2016
The 2016 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards big winners, Ben and Belinda Price, are ready to open their farm and promote the dairy industry to visitors every day. The couple won the 2016 Taranaki Share Farmer of the Year title and $17,300 in...
TARANAKI DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS HAPPY TO SHOWCASE INDUSTRY

Sheep and beef farmer incomes slashed for season
02 Mar 2016
Sheep and beef farmers will take a big hit this season, with the forecast average profit before tax $82,000, compared with last year's $104,700 - a drop of 21 per cent.
Sheep and beef farmer incomes slashed for season

POWER PLAY CONCEPT BROADENS DAIRY AWARDS APPEAL
22 Feb 2016
It’s been introduced in cricket to make the game more exciting, and the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is using it to attract more entrants. The Power Play concept features in the 2016 awards programme for the first time. It enables an...
POWER PLAY CONCEPT BROADENS DAIRY AWARDS APPEAL

Time to act over milk prices as new poll shows
20 Feb 2016
This morning’s Global Dairy Trade auction brought a 2.8% drop in the price index, lumping further pressure on New Zealand dairy farmers. A member poll from Federated Farmers also shows that more than one in 10 dairy farmers (11.1%) are now...
Time to act over milk prices as new poll shows

DAIRY AWARDS ENTRANTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
05 Feb 2016
Entrants in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are being put through their paces, as judges deliberate who the first regional winners will be. Judging is currently underway in the 11 regional competitions of the 2016 New Zealand Share...
DAIRY AWARDS ENTRANTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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