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16 February 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Confidence Still at Low Ebb
NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence remains in the doldrums, the Federated Farmers' 2015/16 Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey has revealed....
10 February 2016
View news from New Zealand Success of Organic Milk Prompts Market-Linked Price from Fonterra
NEW ZEALAND - The success of Fonterra’s organic business has prompted the Co-operative to introduce an independent organic milk price linked to market returns for organic products....
03 February 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Price Drop Shows Another Tough Period Ahead
NEW ZEALAND - DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says the on-farm cash income of farmers from all milk production this season will be under NZ$4 per kgMS as a result of today’s news from dairy co-operative Fonterra that it is dropping its forecast Farmgate...
02 February 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Dairy Farmers Facing Milk Price Cuts
NEW ZEALAND - Two of New Zealand’s largest dairy co-operatives have reduced their forecast farmgate milk prices for 2015/16 because they expect global dairy commodity prices to remain under pressure....
01 February 2016
View news from New Zealand Economic Cost of NZ Pasture Weeds Larger Than Thought
NEW ZEALAND - New research shows the true cost of California thistle to be close to $700 million in lost pastoral farm revenue each year and also suggests that previous estimates of the cost of other agricultural weeds has been significantly underestimated....
25 January 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Expects Lifting of Iran Sanctions to Expand Dairy Market
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand-based cooperative Fonterra welcomed the country's Government’s move to lift restrictions on trade with Iran, following the elimination of UN sanctions this month. ...
12 January 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Exported Record Milk Volume in December
NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited announced it has exported record volumes for the month of December 2015....
11 January 2016
View news from New Zealand El Niño Impacts to Hit NZ Farmers for Months
NEW ZEALAND - Recent rain has been a welcome respite from ongoing dry weather conditions in much of the country, but farmers in drought-affected parts of New Zealand will continue to feel the impacts of El Niño for months, as New Zealand's weather science...
07 January 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Farmers Expecting More Tough Times Ahead
NEW ZEALAND - Many farmers have weathered difficult conditions in 2015 and the majority see no relief coming in the New Year, according to a poll conducted by Federated Farmers....
04 January 2016
View news from New Zealand Dry El Niño Summer Expected to Cause Problems for NZ Dairy Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - Data from past El Niño years suggests farmers in some regions can expect a drop in pasture growth this summer, DairyNZ has reported....
16 December 2015
View news from New Zealand New Zealand’s Dairy Food Safety in Good Shape
NEW ZEALAND - The food safety capability of the New Zealand dairy sector is in good shape according to a report released by the Dairy Capability Working Group today....
14 December 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Maintains Forecast Farmgate Milk Price
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand-based dairy co-operative Fonterra has maintained its forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $4.60 per kgMS....
10 December 2015
View news from New Zealand NZ Organisations Team Up to End Calf Mistreatment
NEW ZEALAND - Seven industry associations, along with the Ministry for Primary Industries, have joined together to eradicate the mistreatment of bobby calves....
View news from New Zealand NZ Farmers Urged to Help Each Other in Dry El Niño Weather
NEW ZEALAND - Farming organisation Federated Farmers is encouraging drought affected farmers struggling due to the dry El Niño weather pattern to continue destocking as necessary, and to think further afield....
30 November 2015
View news from New Zealand NZ Farmers "Shocked" Over Undercover Calf Video
NEW ZEALAND - Two animal welfare groups have released undercover videos of dairy (bobby) calf treatment, showing what one of the organisations called "systemic cruelty and deliberate violent abuse of helpless calves"....
20 November 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Exits Joint Venture with Dairy Farmers of America
US - New Zealand-based dairy co-operative Fonterra has sold its stake in the product development and ingredients business DairiConcepts....
11 November 2015
View news from New Zealand EU, New Zealand Boost Trade with New Veterinary Agreement
NEW ZEALAND - Technical amendments to the EU-New Zealand Agreement on sanitary measures in live animals and animal products have recently been made to boost existing trade relations. ...
26 October 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Milk Production Decreased in September
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand-based co-op Fonterra has said its milk supply was down 8.7 per cent in September, compared to the previous year, AHDB Dairy reported....
23 October 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra's Credit Rating Slips with Another Agency Downgrade
NEW ZEALAND - Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has downgraded Fonterra from 'A' to 'AA-', following a similar move by Standard and Poor's earlier this week....
16 October 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra's Credit Rating Downgraded
NEW ZEALAND - Ratings agency Standard and Poor's has downgraded the credit rating of dairy co-operative Fonterra from A to A-....
06 October 2015
View news from New Zealand New Fonterra Palm Kernel Advice is “Lead Balloon”
NEW ZEALAND – Reasons behind greater scrutiny on palm kernel use sweeping into Fonterra farms have become less clear, says a farming leader....
05 October 2015
View news from New Zealand Selecting for Feed Efficiency Coming Soon for New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - Geneticists are “well on their way” to predicting how efficient a cow is at using feed, potentially saving farm feed costs....
01 October 2015
View news from New Zealand Study to Address Unanswered Leptospirosis Vaccination Questions
NEW ZEALAND - A University study aims to evaluate leptospirosis vaccination practice after a pilot study unearthed some worrying evidence of lepto-shedders....
30 September 2015
View news from New Zealand ‘Go-around’ Cows Shave One Hour off Milking
NEW ZEALAND – Staff on a North Island farm now finish at 5:30pm each day thanks to doubling the number of ‘go-around’ cows on the rotary....
29 September 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Lifts Payout by 75 Cents
NEW ZEALAND – Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra has revised its forecast payout for the 2015/16 season at NZ$5 per kg MS in response to falling production and levelling markets....
View news from New Zealand Higher Culling Contracts New Zealand Dairy Herd
NEW ZEALAND – A 2.8 per cent contraction in dairy cow numbers has shrunk New Zealand's dairy herd to 6.51 million head....
24 September 2015
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Opens Second New Plant in 2015
NEW ZEALAND – Production has started at Fonterra’s new reverse osmosis facility on the South Island site of Edendale, promising to cut transport costs on bulk produce....
23 September 2015
View news from New Zealand Will El Nino Limit Milk Supply?
NEW ZEALAND – A possible El Nino weather system has raised hopes of New Zealand milk production faltering, allowing global dairy supplies to rebalance....
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