Regulation is wanted for organic farms

Regulation is wanted for organic farms

[19 June/ NZ Farmers Weekly] Organic farmers are looking to the government to regulate the sector to ensure the use of the word organic is protected. The message was conveyed clearly to the Primary Production Select Committee when it made a recent visit to the Hawkes Bay and met with...
Rural mental health: 'People are suffering in silence'

Rural mental health: ‘People are suffering in silence’

[15 June/ Radio NZ] Chief Executive of Mobile Health Mark Eager said access to mental health was a big area of concern in rural communities. Mr Eager runs the national mobile surgery bus and has helped create the Rural Health Hub at the National Fieldays this year. Mr Eager wanted...
Up to 100 Fonterra farms to begin recording their climate pollution

Up to 100 Fonterra farms to begin recording their climate pollution

[14 June/ NZ Herald] As part of a plan to decrease the dairy industry’s emissions Fonterra has committed to measuring the climate pollution on 100 of its suppliers’ farms. At Fieldays, DairyNZ released a climate change plan to encourage farming with a smaller environmental impact. The plan outlines proposals to...
Record turnout at Agricultural Fieldays

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...
Bluff oyster farming companies may not have a future after cull

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...
New coalition forms to tackle freshwater quality

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...
KKR to purchase Harvard dairy assets

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,...
Genetically modified petunia plants found in New Zealand

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...
Demand pushes butter prices to record high

Demand pushes butter prices to record high

[8 June/ Otago Daily Times] Butter prices reached a record high of USD5631 per metric tonne in this week’s GlobalDairyTrade auction. Overall dairy prices lifted 0.6 percent, and the key whole milk powder price fell 2.9 percent. Anhydrous milk fat prices fell 1.2 percent from a record high. ASB Senior...
Oyster cull won't stop parasite, says farmer

Oyster cull won’t stop parasite, says farmer

 [10 June/Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries is ordering a cull of farmed oysters on Stewart Island to stop the spread of bonamia ostreae, a parasite lethal to shellfish, to wild stocks. The Bluff oyster industry called for a complete cull, believing it is the only way of stopping...
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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...

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...

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...

Sustainability a key focus for this year’s Fieldays

[9 June/ Rural News Group] Fieldays Chief Executive Peter Nation said this year’s New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays would have a greater focus on sustainability. Attendees will be encouraged to use buses to travel to the venue, and more rubbish will be recycled at the four-day event. A ‘park and ride’ service will run from The...

AFFCO’s value-added foray into China

[7 June/ Rural News Group] Meat company AFFCO has shipped 33,000 consumer packs of premium beef to China. Beef packed in thermoformed vacuum cases, and 200g single steaks wrapped by skin-pack technology are now being sold in Chinese supermarkets and restaurants, and online on Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com. The meat packs were packed at Affco’s...

Westland’s milk price boosts confidence

[13 June/ Dairy News] Westland Milk Products has announced an opening milk price for the 2017/18 season of between $6.40 and $6.80 per kilo milksolids. The price is seen as an indicator that the company is back on track. Bad weather and low payouts have seen the company’s milk collection fall 5.7% in the season...

Fat tests to limit palm kernel

[12 June/ The NZ Farmers Weekly] Fonterra has planned to discourage feeding of high levels of palm kernel to cows. Starting next season, a demerit system based on a six-day average fat evaluation index will be printed on the tanker docket for each milk pick-up. Since April all suppliers had been notified of their FEI...

Lewis Road Creamery proves New Zealand’s future lies beyond commodities

[8 June/ Stuff] Lewis Road Creamery Founder Peter Cullinane said New Zealand’s creative potential had not been fully realised, and the country should be focusing on being the best at making products no one else does instead of missing opportunities. Mr Cullinane said his company’s butter took two years to develop, and his keenness to...

Fonterra positioned as benchmark price setter in Australia

[6 June/NZ Herald] Fonterra is positioned to become the key milk price-setter in Australia after Murray Goulburn set its opening milk price for this season below the range indicated by Fonterra. Murray Goulburn set its opening farmgate milk price for 2017/18 at AUD4.70 per kg of milk solids, down from AUD4.95 per kg set for...

Synlait purchases New Zealand Dairy Company

[30 May/ Dairy Reporter] Synlait Milk has purchased 100 percent of the shares of The New Zealand Dairy Company (NZDC). NZDC is constructing an infant formula capable blending and canning operation in Mangere and will allow Synlait to increase its blending and canning capacity substantially. The acquisition will provide Synlait with a high specification sachet...

MPI defends camera quality for fisheries prosecutions

 [12 June/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the cameras it is trialling on fishing boats will be used to prosecute illegal fishing. A leaked report written by two of the ministry’s forensic experts, said the camera footage being tested in a snapper fishery in Auckland showed the resolution was too poor...