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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

Landline is back for 2015
09 Feb 2015
The iconic Australian news and current affairs show ‘Landline’ returns in full volume with presenter Pip Courtney in 2015 with a premiere date of 13th February. The show has always been well-received on NZ screens with Country TV holding the...
Landline is back for 2015

Farmer confidence falls with dairy prices and dry summer
08 Feb 2015
A slump in farmer confidence has seen Federated Farmers’ new-season 2015 Farm Confidence Survey move further into negative territory. Pessimists outnumber optimists for both the general economy and farm profitability. Federated...
Farmer confidence falls with dairy prices and dry summer

Dairy farmers' confidence drying up
06 Feb 2015
Farmers are more pessimistic about their prospects, according to the latest Federated Farmers farm confidence survey.
Dairy farmers' confidence drying up

Government assistance for drought not a hand out
22 Jan 2015
Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial. “Adverse event declarations don’t make...
Government assistance for drought not a hand out

That’s Country Makes a Return to TV
22 Jan 2015
Back in 1976, That’s Country hit TV screens across New Zealand in a country music phenomenon that travelled across the globe, becoming the first NZ TV show to be sold to American broadcasters. It was successful everywhere, and next month it...
That’s Country Makes a Return to TV

AWARDS CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW ENTRANTS
14 Jan 2015
The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards has continued to attract large numbers of first time entrants to the awards programme, which aims to help people progress their career in the dairy industry. National Convenor Chris Keeping says an...
AWARDS CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW ENTRANTS

Fire risk in mowing roadside vegetation
14 Jan 2015
Federated Farmers are warning farmers and the rural community of the risk in mowing roadside vegetation in the extreme dry conditions. “The fire environment has reached the point where it has become extremely dangerous and high risk to use a...
Fire risk in mowing roadside vegetation

Clobbering machine killing dairying
01 Jan 2015
Farmers daily tiptoe around a minefield of regulations and bureaucracy.
Clobbering machine killing dairying

Wool bales stolen from Canterbury farms
17 Dec 2014
A human 'wolf' has been targeting sheep's clothing at two Akaroa farms.
Wool bales stolen from Canterbury farms

ENTRIES CLOSED IN 2015 DAIRY AWARDS
03 Dec 2014
A total of 539 entries have been received in the 2015 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 competitions. ...
ENTRIES CLOSED IN 2015 DAIRY AWARDS

Further GDT drop leaves farmers uncertain
19 Nov 2014
Another drop in the GlobalDairyTrade of 3.1 percent will be a huge disappointment to New Zealand’s dairy farmers. “It goes without saying that the lowest auction price in five years is going to be a blow to the industry,” says Andrew Hoggard,...
Further GDT drop leaves farmers uncertain

ENTER DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS CAREER
12 Nov 2014
With just over two weeks to go until entries close in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers encourage those dairy farmers who are keen to progress their career in the industry to enter. National convenor Chris Keeping says...
ENTER DAIRY AWARDS TO PROGRESS CAREER

Feed Grain market tightens up
10 Nov 2014
Grain growers will be heading into the next harvest with silos completely empty, and an emerging potential for shortages. This is according to a recent study published by the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI). David Clark, Federated...
Feed Grain market tightens up

Ruataniwha makes Canterbury irrigators envious
06 Nov 2014
With the chair of Mid-Canterbury’s BCI scheme envious of the Ruataniwha Dam site, Federated Farmers believes the momentum is back with the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, with ‘decision day’ looming by Christmas. “Tuesday’s event with...
Ruataniwha makes Canterbury irrigators envious

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