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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

Farmers encourged to look further afeild for destocking options
09 Dec 2015
Farmers on the East Coast of the South Island are looking to move their stock to greener pastures as the hot and dry weather conditions continue to intensify. Federated Farmers is encouraging drought affected farmers struggling due to the dry El...
Farmers encourged to look further afeild for destocking options

WEEK TO GO TIL DAIRY AWARDS ENTRIES CLOSE
24 Nov 2015
There is a week 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 at...
WEEK TO GO TIL DAIRY AWARDS ENTRIES CLOSE

DAIRY MANAGER COMPETITION WIDE OPEN
11 Nov 2015
The new entry criteria in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year competition means dairy farm workers with a variety of backgrounds, experience and skills are able to enter. Entries are now being accepted in the Dairy Manager...
DAIRY MANAGER COMPETITION WIDE OPEN

Silver Fern Farms $261m deal with Chinese
16 Oct 2015
Chinese food giant is to take a 50% stake in Silver Fern Farms following overwhelming support by shareholders.
Silver Fern Farms $261m deal with Chinese

REGIONAL LAUNCH EVENTS KICK OFF 2016 NZ DAIRY AWARDS
15 Oct 2015
With less than a week to go until entries open in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers of the 11 regional competitions are ready to host launch events. General Manager Chris Keeping says there have been significant changes...
REGIONAL LAUNCH EVENTS KICK OFF 2016 NZ DAIRY AWARDS

TRUE DAIRY TRAINEES TARGETED IN CONTEST REVAMP
09 Sep 2015
Changes to the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competition will give genuine dairy trainees the opportunity to succeed. National Convenor Chris Keeping says the entry criteria in the dairy trainee competition has been tightened to...
TRUE DAIRY TRAINEES TARGETED IN CONTEST REVAMP

Rural Wellbeing Survey
08 Sep 2015
If you could please spare a few minutes to fill out our rural connections survey it would be much appreciated! Thanks.

Last call for entries to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund
25 Aug 2015
Schools and community groups across the country could have their wishes granted next month by the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund. But they have to be in quick - applications for the year's second round of funding close on August 31st. The New...

Grain survey finds no cause for alarm
29 Jul 2015
The second of three annual Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI) Survey results have been released giving a snapshot of grain stock and planting intentions as at July 1st 2015, and indicating no cause for alarm in the arable Industry. For...
Grain survey finds no cause for alarm

MAJOR REVAMP OF DAIRY AWARDS
20 Jul 2015
The most significant changes in the history of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards have been made to enhance the competitions and enable more dairy farm workers to enter the awards programme. Awards Executive Chairman Gavin Roden says he is...
MAJOR REVAMP OF DAIRY AWARDS

Dairy farmers importing less feed as GDT prices slump
16 Jul 2015
New Zealand dairy farmers are “going back to basics” as the downward trend in global dairy prices continues. The overnight Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction showed a greater than expected drop across the range of dairy products, which will affect...
Dairy farmers importing less feed as GDT prices slump

Farm confidence falls further
15 Jul 2015
Federated Farmers’ new-season July 2015 Farm Confidence Survey has moved further into negative territory. Pessimists overwhelmingly outnumbered optimists for both the economy in general and farm profitability. World dairy prices are in the...
Farm confidence falls further

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