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Mental health support needed for rural communities

[14 September/ Otago Daily Times] According to the Chief Coroner’s annual suicide statistics, Canterbury has the highest rate of suicide in the country. North Canterbury Rural Support Trust Chairman, Doug Archbold said he would like to see more support in rural schools. Mr Archbold added that Canterbury farming families have had to cope with drought,...

CIDR technology improves herd’s fertility

[NZ Farmer/ 19 September] Trinity Lands In-house Vet, Richard Tiddy said the business had identified that reproductive performance was a major area of opportunity for the business to lift its performance overall. Last season the farm used controlled Internal Drug Release (CIDR) Cattle Inserts as a tool for improving their herd’s reproductive performance. This coming...

DairyNZ says farmers can take some hot air out of greenhouse gas emissions by managing herds

[19 September/ NZ Farmer] DairyNZ has told farmers they needed to reduce their greenhouse gas production to meet consumer and political demands. The organisation added that consumers wanted a smaller environmental footprint and this was not something farmers could ignore. DairyNZ Analyst, Kara Lok said New Zealand only caused 0.16 percent of global warming, but...

Crossbred wool prices stabilise from previous plunges at Christchurch sale

[15 September/ NZ Farmer] The crossbred wool market remained firm for a high quality offering at the Christchurch wool sale on 14 September. Strong demand from Asia meant crossbred wool prices continued to steadily move in a positive direction. The better prepared wools showing uniformity of length were the most sought after. Prices have yet...

LIC will test its bulls for mycoplasma bovis as farmers prepare cows for mating

[14 September/ NZ Farmer] Livestock improvement Corporation (LIC) has announced it would test its artificial breeding bulls for the cow disease mycoplasma bovis. The announcement came after the Ministry for Primary Industries advised dairy farmers to ask suppliers if their bulls had been tested. LIC Biological Systems General Manager, Richard Spelman said the corporation had...

Accord Fund opens for water projects

[18 September/ NZ Herald] Applications for the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme have opened. The grants aimed to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups and schools with projects that would help increase engagement with Manawatu waterways and improve water quality in the catchment. Previous applications had received funding to complete stream fencing,...

Success of value-added products pays off for farmers

[17 September/ NZ Farmer] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said farmers were $4 million richer from delivering more high value meat to Silver Fern Farms. Mr Hamilton added that the number of livestock supplied into its value added supply programmes had reached 1 million for the first time in a 12 month period....

Young farmers to be offered Landcorp farms

[16 September/ Rural News Group] The National Party said it would offer state-owned Landcorp farms to young farmers to help them into farm ownership. The farms will be awarded on a lease-to-buy arrangement, awarded by a panel and ballet, with priority to young farmers who have experience at running a farm operation but have never...

Sheep on loose in Ponsonby after escaping from beer launch

[15 September/ NZ Herald] A sheep with pastel coloured wool was on the loose in central Auckland after escaping from a rural themed Moa beer launch in Ponsonby. The sheep had been sheared and coloured in pastels before it escaped. Moa Brewing Company Chief Executive, Geoff Ross said the beer launch would help close a...

Thefts of honey, hives on the rise

[14 September/ Rural News Group] Apiculture New Zealand Chief Executive, Karin Kos said that the theft of honey and beehives was a growing issue for beekeepers, with police now taking the increase in thefts very seriously. Apiculture NZ and the police are working together on improving intelligence at national and regional levels, and are educating...

Morrinsville farmer not impressed with Labour’s plan for water tax

[19 September/ NZ Herald] Morrisville Farmer, Bradley Pickett said Labour’s plans to tax 1-2 cents for each 1000 litres of irrigation water would cost him about $1,500 a year in taxes. Mr Pickett added that the Green Party’s nitrate tax along with the carbon tax would add the shock, and would likely lead to a...

Farmers seek carrot, not a big stick

[18 September/ Rural News] Morrinsville Dairy Farmer, Lloyd Downing said the protest centred around the disappointment amongst farmers due to the public blaming them for all the environmental problems in New Zealand, including the degradation of the country’s rivers. Mr Downing said he accepted that the expansion of dairying over the past two decades had...

Farmers protest against Jacinda Ardern’s tax policies

[18 September/ NZ Herald] Around 600 farmers have gathered in Jacinda Ardern’s hometown of Morrinsville to protest against the Labour Party and Green Party proposition to implement water and pollution charges. New Zealand First Party Leader, Winston Peters would not say whether he would allow the proposed water taxes to go ahead if in coalition...

Dairy industry undergoing supply chain revolution: Rabobank; Farming

[19 September/ The Sydney Morning Herald] Rabobank Senior Dairy Analyst, Michael Harvey said in a report that the Australian dairy industry was to undergo a supply chain revolution as a result of problems within the industry. The report said that problems engulfing dairy co-operative, Murray Goulburn, the fall in production and the reset of farmgate...

Pulses beating for lentil beer

[18 September/ The Advertiser] Australian Craft Brewery, Lobethal Bierhaus has arranged to have tastings of its lentil beer at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days. The brewery released Australia’s first lentil beer, after being approached by pulse processor AGT Foods. Lobethal Bierhaus Brewer, Alistair Turnbull said the beer is made from 70 percent barely and 30...

Naturex to distribute MycoTech’s vegan mushroom protein

[18 September/ Foodnavigator-usa.com] Naturex has made plans to market and distribute MycoTechnology’s fermented shiitake vegetable ‘alternative’ protein to the food and dietary supplements market. Naturex Marketing Director for Nutrition & Health, Timothee Olagne said the product has high protein quality and functionality, was easier to use and was comparable to animal protein with a DIAAS...

China signs $300m deal to buy lab-grown meat from Israel in move welcomed by vegans

[16 September/ The Independent] China has signed a GBP 300 million deal with Israel to purchase laboratory grown meat, in a bid to reduce meat consumption in the country. Good Food Institute Executive Director, Bruce Friedrich said the deal was a colossal market opportunity, as Chinese officials have the ability to steer billions into the...

Japanese billionaire Taizo Son launches agri-food tech accelerator ‘Gastrotope’ in India

[15 September/ The News Minute] Japanese incubator, Mistletoe has launched a new agricultural technology accelerator in India. The accelerator, named Gastrotope, would invest in start-ups in various aspects of the agricultural industry, ranging from farmers, food transportation, processing, delivery and consumption. Mistletoe Founder, Taizo Son believed that India would be the centre of agricultural technology...

Bayer Joins Forces with Ginkgo to Launch $100m Microbial Startup

[14 September/ AgFunder News] Bayer CropScience and microbe start-up, Ginkgo Bioworks, have partnered with hedge fund Viking Global Investors to invest USD 100 million in a new agri-tech start-up. The newly formed company will focus on manufacturing microbial products, aiding nitrogen fixation and minimising agriculture’s environmental impact by decreasing the amount of chemical fertilisers farmers...

Nestle targets high-end coffee by taking majority stake

[14 September/ The New York Times] The Blue Bottle Coffee Company announced it has sold a 68 percent stake to Nestle. Blue Bottle specialised in artisanal coffee which accounted for less than 10 percent of the overall coffee industry, but it was growing rapidly and commanded higher prices and bigger profit margins. The investment would...

Dairy can save 171m energy costs

[14 September/ Irish Examiner] Dairymaster has launched a new SwiftCool system and app in the United Kingdom. Dairymaster Research and Innovation Manager, John Daly said the SwiftCool app could benefit every dairy farmer in the country as it would allow them to control the water cooling and heating on their tanks remotely via an app....

Hampton Creek obtains patent for unique plant protein scanning process

[13 September/ Food Dive] Hampton Creek has received a patent for its method of combining robotics, proprietary plant databases, artificial intelligence and predictive modelling to scan and identify useful plant proteins. Hampton Creek said the process will help the company find the capabilities and nutritional value of plant proteins more quickly, allowing it to develop...

NZ lamb exports to UK drop to record low in August

[18 September/ NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb exports to the United Kingdom reached a record low in August as exporters favoured other more lucrative trading destinations. AgriHQ Analyst, Reece Brick said the United Kingdom lamb market was slowly becoming less pivotal to New Zealand exporters. Mr Brick explained that a steady decline in lamb consumption...

QR code to prove Silver Fern Farms product origin

[18 September/ NZ Herald] Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive, Dean Hamilton said the investment in traceability delivered transparency in the food chain for customers who were increasingly interested in knowing where their food had come from and that their food had been produced safely and in a sustainable way. The packaging would contain a unique...