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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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Westland farmers braced for hard season
29 Aug 2014
Farmer-shareholders of the dairy cooperative, Westland Milk Products, will be watching spending very closely as the country’s number two dairy cooperative has cut 60 cents per kilogram of Milksolids (kg/MS) to a range of $5.40 - $5.80 kg/MS before...
Westland farmers braced for hard season

Common sense required with stock on roads
26 Aug 2014
Federated Farmers is calling for drivers and farmers to exercise caution when it comes to stock on or grazing near roads. “When it comes to stock and public roads, there is an elevation of risk and likewise responsibility for both the farmer...
Common sense required with stock on roads

Rustlers hit Auckland’s Cornwall Park
12 Aug 2014
Federated Farmers is shocked, but unsurprised, rustlers have targeted sheep on Auckland’s Cornwall Park. The Federation is hopeful legislation tightening penalties around the crime will be introduced in the new Parliament. “Sadly a pregnant ewe...
Rustlers hit Auckland’s Cornwall Park

Labour’s water crusade
08 Aug 2014
Federated Farmers is asking why the Hon David Cunliffe is talking about helping regional economies on one hand, while announcing new taxes on those same regions to knock them back on the other. “This is a thinly disguised anti-farming policy...
Labour’s water crusade

Ravensdown drops net debt
06 Aug 2014
Fertiliser co-operative Ravensdown has strengthened its balance sheet with the lowest debt levels in a decade.
Ravensdown drops net debt

The other face of foreign ownership
06 Aug 2014
The generosity of foreign investors has created New Zealand’s largest ever private land protection agreement at 53,000 hectares; equivalent to 240 Cornwall Park/One Tree Hill Domains. “It is exciting that a Queen Elizabeth II covenant now...
The other face of foreign ownership

GlobalDairyTrade not ‘milk and disaster’
06 Aug 2014
The latest decline in the benchmark GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) online auction continues a trend expected by Federated Farmers. “We’d love to see a plus sign for a change but at least it seems to be tracking in the direction Rabobank has...
GlobalDairyTrade not ‘milk and disaster’

Farmers concerned over Lochinver sale
03 Aug 2014
While Federated Farmers supports positive overseas investment into New Zealand’s farming system, it is concerned the potential sale of Lochinver Station to Shanghai Pengxin Group Co. Limited, may not provide sufficient benefit to New Zealand. ...
Farmers concerned over Lochinver sale

Westland forecast follows Fonterra’s suit
30 Jul 2014
The dairy cooperative, Westland Milk Products, has charted a similar course to Fonterra’s benchmark forecast released yesterday for the current 2014/15 season, by announcing a pay-out forecast of $6 to $6.40 per kilogram of Milksolids (kg/MS). ...
Westland forecast follows Fonterra’s suit

Dairying’s legal footprint continues to improve
28 Jul 2014
Federated Farmers is happy to see the legal footprint of New Zealand’s dairy industry continue to improve based on figures obtained by The Dominion Post. “We are very happy to see prosecutions heading in the right direction,” says Dr William...
Dairying’s legal footprint continues to improve

Semen collecting is tricky and dangerous
28 Jul 2014
Working with penises, semen and testicles is no laughing matter but a sense of humour is essential, says a bull whisperer.
Semen collecting is tricky and dangerous

FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games
24 Jul 2014
PREMIERING THURSDAY 4th SEPTEMBER to 16th SEPTEMBER 2014. Awarded by the FEI every four years alternating with the Summer Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian Games are the true World Championships of Equestrianism. They comprise all Seven...
FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games

Federation wins rates remission against urban sprawl
24 Jul 2014
Federated Farmers is thrilled that common sense has prevailed in the Horowhenua District Council’s unanimous decision to adopt a rates remission for farms being rezoned as urban. “Due to the urban sprawl, farmers are increasingly being...
Federation wins rates remission against urban sprawl

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

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