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23
May

Protecting waterways with culverts

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Water quality in New Zealand rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands is under pressure from a range of farming, industry and urban activities. Farmers have already made massive progress in excluding stock from waterways but there is still work to be done to meet the requirements set by the Sustainable Dairying: Water Accord.

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19
Feb

International Agri Insights

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Fonterra recently reduced its forecast farmgate milk price for the 2017/18 season by 5% from its previous forecast. According to Fonterra, two key factors have led to the cut in its forecast numbers: strong European production and high European Union (EU) intervention stockpiles of skim milk powder (SMP).

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16
May

Triple $6 Looming for Farmers

Sheep Vs Cow

Very rarely do NZ beef, lamb and dairy prices all hit the $6/kg mark at the same time. But, say forecasters, there is a better than fair chance that this will happen in 2017.

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13
Apr

Lambs Enjoying an Indian Summer

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Lamb prices have kicked on over March, following surprising February gains. Prices continue to widen the gap compared to this time last season. The per kg price for a 17.5kg lamb currently sits 19% higher than a year ago.

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12
Apr

Euroflo Rescues Milk Delivery

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Conrad Waihape from Waihape Excavating and Drainage received a call late one afternoon. A tanker track bridge had recently been condemned by an inspector but the communication about this had failed to reach the farmer. He was now left with a little over 12 hours to fix the problem.

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09
Mar

Latest Dairy Outlook

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Dairy prices slid this month with the overall price down by 6.3% and Fonterra re-affirmed its 2016/2017 milk price forecast at 6.00/kg, down from 6.50/kg. This downward trend is set to continue in the short term. However, the medium to long term outlook remains good with an anticipated upward trend forecast for the second half of 2017.

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09
Feb

First Floating Dairy Farm

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In just under a year the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands will be home to the first urban floating dairy farm. The floating farm is designed to be a picture of efficiency, needing 50% less land than a traditional dairy farm and running on solar and wind energy.

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09
Feb

Lessons from the Dairy Downturn

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The biggest truth about cycles is that they come and go. And come and go. And come and go. And dairy is no different. New Zealand is the largest diary exporter so has an over-sized effect on the dairy cycle. In fact, when it comes to whole milk powder, New Zealand exported more than double the amount of the four other major exporters combined.

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