Category: General

Wool prices ease slightly
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Wool prices ease slightly

Mr John Dawson, General Manager for New Zealand Wool Services International Limited reports that the 7,174 bales of North Island wool on offer this week saw an 89.5 percent clearance with the fine end easing off last weeks’ relatively extreme level and the coarse types holding their ground. When comparing type for type, overall price […]

Farm profits expected to be lower
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Farm profits expected to be lower

The 2012/13 season is expected to be more subdued for pastoral farm businesses as product prices come off recent highs, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

Native trees, bird pressure and vineyards...
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Native trees, bird pressure and vineyards…

By Janette Busch With the increased plantings of vineyards throughout New Zealand the problem of grape damage by birds has become a huge problem. Establishing new vineyards usually involves cutting down the trees that are already there to reduce this problem in the future. However, the question is now being asked about whether planting New […]

Invercargill accountant faces ethics complaint
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Invercargill accountant faces ethics complaint

An Invercargill accountant at the centre of a dispute over a farm his company sold is accused of breaching …

Dairy farm firm goes into liquidation
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Dairy farm firm goes into liquidation

The Southland Times reports that a company that owned a Southland dairy farm has been put into voluntary liquidation by its shareholders.

Balers better than sheeptrucks in UK
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Balers better than sheeptrucks in UK

By Jim Webster Another month and still a trickle of FMD cases in the north of England. The cordon around this area has been pulled tight and the roads are patrolled by police and trading standards officers who will pull over and stop not merely farmers, but anyone whose car looks dirty. I know one […]

Ignorance, stupidity or a calculated risk?
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Ignorance, stupidity or a calculated risk?

A string of recent incidents where farmers have committed what amounts to environmental vandalism without a resource consent has bemused and disappointed Environment Southland’s compliance staff.

Farms still selling well in south of NZ
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Farms still selling well in south of NZ

The rural property market continued to outpace the residential property market in June with continued strong prices and sales, according to REINZ National Councillor and rural spokesperson for the Institute Mr Peter McDonald. In particular lifestyle properties featured with a rise in the lifestyle median price from $450,000 in May to $455,000 in June, also […]

"Forget about Lignite"
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“Forget about Lignite”

The Green Party is less than impressed with Solid Energy.

Elworthy & Miag popular at field days
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Elworthy & Miag popular at field days

 If any site at the Waimumu field days drew the crowds in today it was No. 8 – the Meat Industry Action Group’s site. MIAG Vice-Chairman John Gregan said that sheep and beef farmers flocked to the site to hear South Canterbury farmer and businessman Forbes Elworthy speak on the future of the meat industry […]

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