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Welcome to the FarmChat rural news section. You can view the articles for your area by selecting a region from the drop down below. Also, if you would only like to see upcoming events check the 'Only show events' check box.

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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

Young farmers 'shattered' after tough contest
05 Jul 2015
The best young farmers in the land flocked to Taupo for a showdown as the town hosted the grand final of the Young Farmer Contest on Saturday.
Young farmers 'shattered' after tough contest

Unprecedented support for North Canterbury
26 Jun 2015
In an unprecedented first, a group of North Canterbury stock agents and meat processors have agreed to collectively work together with Federated Farmers as the coordinator and the Rural Support Trust to help farmers affected by the drought for the...
Unprecedented support for North Canterbury

Farm remedied after neglect prosecution
12 Jun 2015
A farm manager who admitted ill-treating and neglecting cows has been convicted and discharged because of the extraordinary steps he has taken to remedy the running of the farm near Christchurch.
Farm remedied after neglect prosecution

SPRING SHEEP DAIRY TAKES FIRST STEP
11 Jun 2015
Spring Sheep Dairy has taken its first step, with joint venture owners Landcorp Farming Limited and SLC Group agreeing on the focus for its consumer-led marketing business. Spring Sheep Dairy Chief Executive and Director Scottie Chapman says...
SPRING SHEEP DAIRY TAKES FIRST STEP

On farm mastitis test takes out Fieldays Innovation Den
11 Jun 2015
It's the take home test that could save the dairy industry millions of dollars, and that's why it won the Mystery Creek Fieldays Innovation Den most viable business award.
On farm mastitis test takes out Fieldays Innovation Den

Synlait Milk cuts forecast for 2014-15 season
08 Jun 2015
Canterbury dairy farmers have been hit as Dunsdandel-based Synlait Milk cuts this season's milk payout price to $4.40-$4.60 a kilogram of milk solids
Synlait Milk cuts forecast for 2014-15 season

Drought takes its toll – feed an issue
13 May 2015
Federated Farmers North Canterbury say farmers affected by the drought are facing a tough year ahead and will be struggling with some tough decisions. “It is not a great time for farmers in North Canterbury, most of us are facing a year...
Drought takes its toll – feed an issue

INTERESTING DEMOGRAPHICS IN FARM MANAGER CONTEST
20 Apr 2015
The demographic make-up of the 11 finalists contesting the 2015 New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year competition ensure an interesting mix of talent. “There’s a real lolly scramble in that the finalists represent a bit of everything...
INTERESTING DEMOGRAPHICS IN FARM MANAGER CONTEST

SHAREMILKER FINALISTS LINE UP FOR NATIONALS
16 Apr 2015
The 11 finalists in the 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year competition are a bright bunch that has travelled a diverse pathway to their current positions. “This year’s finalists illustrate that there’s no...
SHAREMILKER FINALISTS LINE UP FOR NATIONALS

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

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