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New season farm confidence slips with OCR implications
21 Jul 2014
Dairy farmer confidence ebbs while meat and fibre farmers remain positive A slump in dairy farmers’ confidence has seen Federated Farmers’ new-season Farm Confidence Survey move into negative territory, with pessimists outnumbering optimists...
New season farm confidence slips with OCR implications

GlobalDairyTrade: one of a bad news triple-pack
16 Jul 2014
While today’s fall in the GlobalDairyTrade auction platform reflects the most perfect global production season in many years, Federated Farmers anticipates it could lead to downwards revision in Fonterra’s benchmark forecast of $7 per kilogram of...
GlobalDairyTrade: one of a bad news triple-pack

‘It’s not milk’ just proves you can’t beat the real thing
12 Jul 2014
The prospect of a breakthrough in test tube product said to be like milk has not got New Zealand farmers shivering in their red-bands just yet. “Milk is much, much more than collecting up the constituent parts and running it through an...
‘It’s not milk’ just proves you can’t beat the real thing

COUNTRY TV LAUNCHES RURAL NEWS UPGRADE
07 Jul 2014
Country TV is launching a major upgrade of its week day news and current affairs programme The Daily Report tonight. The channel is revising its news-gathering approach to include more exclusive and original content with the introduction of a...
COUNTRY TV LAUNCHES RURAL NEWS UPGRADE

Accurate Bulling Test
03 Jul 2014
The release around the world of an accurate test for oestrus (or bulling) in dairy cows heralds a major advance for dairy farmers breeding programs. The test known as P4 Rapid is a simple milk based test that indicates whether a cow is cycling in...
Accurate Bulling Test

Amazing claptrap over wind thrown trees
27 Jun 2014
Federated Farmers West Coast is staggered by the rhetoric on the Wind Thrown Trees Bill, passed under urgency last night, which allows for the recovery and use of native timber felled in Cyclone Ita. “Being a Coaster, recycling dead trees...
Amazing claptrap over wind thrown trees

Community fundraiser in support of the Stackhouse Family
26 Jun 2014
At the Waiareka Sale, Monday 7 July Federated Farmers and the North Otago community are holding a special fundraising sale to assist Peter and Janine Stackhouse, following the recent brutal attack on their stock. “This will be held on...
Community fundraiser in support of the Stackhouse Family

WINNERS USE DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS RAPIDLY
25 Jun 2014
The 2014 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Charlie and Jody McCaig, have used the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards to establish a leading farm business as well as raise their profile. The result is that in just five years...
WINNERS USE DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS RAPIDLY

Don’t damn our dam rally in Hawke’s Bay this Friday
18 Jun 2014
All Hawke’s Bay residents and businesses are being asked to drive their vehicle, whether it is a truck, tractor or excavator, in support of the Ruataniwha water storage scheme in Waipukurau this Friday. “We are calling on every person and...
Don’t damn our dam rally in Hawke’s Bay this Friday

Rural inventors out in force at Fieldays
11 Jun 2014
TV3 presenter Mike McRoberts is keen to see what savvy inventions Kiwi farmers produce at this year's Fieldays.
Rural inventors out in force at Fieldays

International paper reveals genome of sheep
06 Jun 2014
An enormous international effort to map the genetic material of sheep has been published in an article today and has already benefited New Zealand agriculture.
International paper reveals genome of sheep

Federated Farmers mourns Alistair Polson
06 Jun 2014
It is with sadness that Federated Farmers mourns the passing of former National President, Alistair Polson, at the age of 58. “Alistair was a great farmer and a truly great New Zealander who has been taken from us way too soon,” says Bruce...
Federated Farmers mourns Alistair Polson

Killing calves by hammer banned
04 Jun 2014
Apart from emergencies, farmers will be unable to kill calves on farms with "blunt force" to the head from June 13.
Killing calves by hammer banned

Minimum Wage Change in time for Gypsy Day
29 May 2014
Federated Farmers is pleased the Government has announced that the Minimum Wage Order is changing to include a fortnightly minimum wage rate, taking effect from 26 June 2014. “The Government’s decision couldn’t be better timed as Sharemilkers...
Minimum Wage Change in time for Gypsy Day

Getting our Gypsy Day act together
28 May 2014
Thousands of farm animals and hundreds of households will be on the move in Gypsy day, as farms change hands and sharemilkers take up new contracts from Saturday, 31 May. "Gypsy day is a fairly unique part of the Kiwi farming calendar,"...
Getting our Gypsy Day act together

Grain harvest up thanks to better farming
23 May 2014
Grain yields have grown by 108,000 tonnes since 2008, which would be worth an extra $43 million in today's prices.
Grain harvest up thanks to better farming

Shocking Sharemilker compliance revealed
23 May 2014
With just over a week until it closes, Federated Farmers is blowing the whistle on the four-fifths of Sharemilkers who are yet to vote in the 2014 DairyNZ Levy referendum. “The last time I checked only 20 percent of sharemilkers had voted and...
Shocking Sharemilker compliance revealed

Dambusters must not dam Hawke’s Bay’s future
21 May 2014
The draft report from the Tukituki Board of Inquiry is a poor outcome for the entire Hawke’s Bay community, not just farmers. “The recent Board of Inquiry draft report won’t be a good outcome for Hawke’s Bay if it ends up blocking the single...
Dambusters must not dam Hawke’s Bay’s future

Federated Farmers backs wool levy vote
21 May 2014
Federated Farmers welcomes the opportunity wool growers will have to vote on whether to reinstate a levy on wool. It urges its members to engage in the process to come, to talk with the Wool Levy Group we’ll help to set up meetings with and above...
Federated Farmers backs wool levy vote

Bee’s conference breaking ground for the industry
13 May 2014
This year, for the first time, Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group will be joining with the National Beekeepers Association to host a New Zealand Apiculture Industry Conference in Wanganui. “The theme of this conference is “Working Together”...
Bee’s conference breaking ground for the industry

Dairy cattle numbers hit 6.5 million
13 May 2014
The 2012-13 drought took its toll on livestock numbers in the North Island, but South Island dairy cattle numbers continued to increase.
Dairy cattle numbers hit 6.5 million

2014 NZ DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS CREATE HISTORY
12 May 2014
The 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards winners will go down in history, as they prove sentimentality and sex both do and don’t matter! At Auckland’s Sky City Hotel last night, Charlie and Jody McCaig were named 2014 New Zealand...
2014 NZ DAIRY AWARDS WINNERS CREATE HISTORY

COULD FEMALE CLAIM TOP 2014 DAIRY TRAINEE HONOUR?
07 May 2014
Five females are competing against five males to become the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year. “The girls have really demonstrated that they can match the guys this year and that a dairy farming career is one they can not only...
COULD FEMALE CLAIM TOP 2014 DAIRY TRAINEE HONOUR?

Judging Underway to Determine 2014 NZ Dairy Awards Winners
02 May 2014
The final judging is underway to determine the winners in the 2014 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...
Judging Underway to Determine 2014 NZ Dairy Awards Winners

Sodden turf takes toll on stressed-out farmers
02 May 2014
Canterbury farmers struggling to deal with damaged crops and waterlogged paddocks have been urged to seek help as conditions become ‘‘as bad as it gets’’.
Sodden turf takes toll on stressed-out farmers

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