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Record turnout at Agricultural Fieldays

[18 June/ Rural News] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, has congratulated the National Fieldays Society for another successful event at Mystery Creek. This year’s Fieldays saw a record attendance over the four days of the event with 133,588 people coming through the gates. Mr Guy acknowledged the hard work of Fieldays CEO, Peter Nation, and...

AFFCO launching farmer focus

[19 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Andy Leonard, the CEO of AFFCO, has unveiled a refreshed image aimed at farmers, including a new tagline Kiwi to the Bone. The company is planning to highlight its long history in the domestic and international meat markets. Mr Leonard said the new image was about doing what we say...

Fonterra recalls milk batches after complaints over funny taste

[16 June/ NZ Herald] Fonterra has recalled several batches of its blue top milk bottles after lower North Island consumers reported a funny flavour. Fonterra Brands Managing Director Leon Clement said there was no safety risk, but Fonterra have removed the affected milk from their supply chain and will be investigating. Mr Clement encouraged customers...

Bluff oyster farming companies may not have a future after cull

[19 June/ Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has started to remove flat oysters from Big Glory Bay on Stewart Island as part of a programme to prevent the spread of the parasite Bonamia Ostraeae. The goal of the cull is to prevent the spread of the parasite to the Foveaux Strait wild fisheries...

Zespri chief Lain Jager named top communicator

[15 June/ Stuff] Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager was named the Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year and will give his $2500 prizemoney to the Child Cancer Foundation. The award recognises those who make a significant contribution to the sector and the role they play in making New Zealand world leaders in primary production. Mr...

Record kiwifruit orchard sale cracks $1 million mark

[15 June/ Stuff] Two kiwifruit orchard sales in Te Puke have broken through the $1 million per hectare mark. The sales were to a Tauranga-based grower and a sheep and beef farmer. The first sale was a 5.76 ha block and sold for $5.76 million, and the other 3.65ha block, including a basic house, sold...

Push for NZ crops could mean different plants

[12 June/ Radio NZ Rural] The Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) has launched its Five Year Strategy which aims to make cropping the highest returning and most sustainable broadacre land use for New Zealand farmers. The strategy which is built on the strength of FAR as a researcher and the farmer’s proven ability to effectively...

CP Wool captures greater value

[12 June/ The NZ Farmers Weekly] Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) has relaunched its United States business Just Shorn to offer premium New Zealand wool carpets to wealthy American consumers. 50 percent of the retail margin would now be captured by CP Wool, and the relaunch is seen as an opportunity to ensure greater control...

Auditor set to examine NZ’s water supply systems

[11 June/ Radio NZ] Water is the Office of the Auditor General’s 2017/18 work theme, and the office will examine irrigation, resource consent management and drinking water supplies, particularly looking at how effectively the resource is being managed by local and central government. The Office of the Auditor General will table this plan in Parliament...

New coalition forms to tackle freshwater quality

[8 June/ Radio NZ] Successive governments’ inaction on degraded waterways has caused a cross-sector group including Forest and Bird, Fish and Game, Choose Clean Water, Greenpeace, Tourism Export Council and the Federated Mountain Clubs, to come together to create a new freshwater plan. The Freshwater Rescue Plan details seven steps for future governments to follow...

NZ’s biowaste profits going to waste

[13 June/ Radio NZ Business] The Bioenergy Association says that the current practices of New Zealand’s primary sector mean the country is missing out on a multi-billion dollar waste product industry. The Association says there are opportunities to use biowaste for energy, fertiliser, plastics and other products, activities valued a few years ago at $6...

Vet Ent takes a minority shareholding in FarmIQ Systems

[8 June/ Stuff] Veterinary Enterprises Group has bought a 12.51 percent investment in FarmIQ Systems. The minority shareholding was made after Veterinary Enterprises Group worked with FarmIQ on developing their own software for the group’s GrazCare and StockCare businesses. Group Spokesman Andrew MacPherson said the platforms FarmIQ developed might provide value for the Group’s clients...

Rebate and price cut ahead of Fieldays

[9 June/ Rural News Group] Fertiliser Co-op Ravensdown this week paid out an interim rebate of $20 per tonne to farmer shareholders. Ravensdown Chief Executive Greg Campbell said the rebate would give farmers confidence going into winter and spring growth periods, and those attending national Fieldays will have more money. Ravensdown is cutting the price...

Green Farmer hopes to bridge divide

[10 June/ Otago Daily Times] Wairarapa farmer John Hart hopes to bridge the rural/urban divide by becoming a Green MP. Mr Hart has recently been announced at No14 on the Green Party list for September’s general election. The party presently has 14 MPs, and recent polling suggests a similar result, leaving Mr Hart optimistic in...

KKR to purchase Harvard dairy assets

[7 June/ Agri Investor] KRR is planning to purchase Harvard Management Company’s dairy investments in New Zealand for more than $70 million. The sale includes 8,500 acres of dairy farms and 5,500 cows located on the South Island and is expected to close, at earliest, at the end of 2017, pending regulatory approval. Harvard Management...

Could grassfed beef become mainstream?

[9 June/ Food Dive] Demand for grass-fed beef is helping the sector grow to a size that may compete with feedlot systems. Grass-fed beef holds less than 1 percent of United States consumption, however, may have opportunities among consumers demanding more natural, healthy and animal-friendly consumables. Between 2006 to 2015, Beef consumption decreased 2.3 percent...

Bottling your emotions: Wine drinkers willing to pay more for elaborate descriptions

[9 June/ ABC] A University of Adelaide study has shown wine drinkers are willing to pay more for wine with emotional or evocative descriptions. Associate Professor and Project Lead, Sue Bastian, said when wine labels had an emotional or elaborate description, there was a significant increase in the expectations of what they thought the wine...

Smithfield launches first-ever Spanish website to engage Hispanic consumers

[8 June/Food Dive] Smithfield Foods, a food company and pork processor, has launched a Spanish language website that features partnerships with Latino chefs such as an Ecuadorian-American chef Jose Garces. The website features the tagline “El Delicioso Sabor de Smithfield” or “Taste Delicious Smithfield.” The website was created as an educational tool for Hispanic consumers,...

Danish investment firm breaks ground in Chinese pig breeding project

[8 June/ Global Meat News] The Copenhagen-based Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) is one of four investors in a large new pig breeding and processing project in northern China. IFU joined three Chinese investors in setting up Heilongjiang Ya Ou Mu Yu Co Ltd. Heilongjiang Ya Ou Mu Yu Co Ltd is an RMB918...

Roquette to invest €40m in French pea protein plant

[8 June/ 2017] Roquette intends to invest EUR 40 million to increase the capacity of its Northern France pea processing site to meet growing global demand for plant-based protein. This investment comes after the company announced in January plans to build a EUR300 million factory site in Manitoba Canada. Head of Roquette’s pea business said...

Israel firm ‘cracks the code’ on making meat salty and healthy

[7 June/ Global Meat News] Salt of the Earth, an Israel-based ingredients company, said its Mediterranean Umami product could decrease sodium in processed meat by 25-33 percent. The company has seen sales of the ingredient double in the first half of 2016 and has partnered with top Israeli meat processors to meet strict salt reduction...

Shipt raises $40M in funding, looks to double its reach during the next year

[6 June/ Food Dive] Shipt, an online ordering and delivery service, announced it had raised USD40 million in Series B funding led by Greycroft Partners, e.ventures and Harbert Venture Partners. This Series B funding comes after a Series A financing round of USD20M less than a year ago. The new capital will enable Shipt to...

Sainsbury’s doubles range of non-dairy milks in 300 UK stores

[6 June/ Dairy Reporter] UK retailer Sainsbury’s has doubled its range of non-dairy milk in 300 of its stores, adding 18 new plant-based milk varieties to its aisles after an 11.5 percent growth in the category last year, and 28.8 percent over two years. This move will make Sainsbury’s the only major UK supermarket stocking...

Genetically modified petunia plants found in New Zealand

[8 June/ Stuff] An investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been prompted after unauthorised genetically modified petunia plants have been discovered as having been coming into New Zealand since 2014. The plants entered New Zealand as seeds. The importer reported the modified petunia plants after learning that several petunia varieties were being...