Government to fund farmers to encourage more tree planting

Government to fund farmers to encourage more tree planting

[30 November/Stuff] The Coalition Government has announced that farmers will be able to access government grants to plant trees on their properties as part of a new fund. Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have launched the One Billion Trees Fund, part of the government’s plan to...
Country of origin food labeling bill passes third reading

Country of origin food labeling bill passes third reading

[29 November/NZ Herald] Following Select Committee changes, pork products have now been included in a new food-labelling bill which has passed its final reading in Parliament. The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, which requires food to carry country of origin labelling, passed its third reading...
Farmed animal antibiotic sales up but the nasties for humans down

Farmed animal antibiotic sales up but the nasties for humans down

[28 November 2018/NZ Herald] A new report from the Ministry for Primary industries on New Zealand sales of antibiotics for animals and plants that ultimately affect human health provides mixed news on progress on managing the use of these drugs. The report indicates that antibiotic sales via veterinary medicines and...
State loan for Westland Milk

State loan for Westland Milk

[29 November/Rural News] A loan of $10 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to Westland Milk Products will enable the dairy co-operative to build a new $22million plant at Hokitika. The plant will allow Westland to separately process multiple types of special quality milks into high value products, these are...
Zespri eyes North America for kiwifruit orchards as Sungold sales take off

Zespri eyes North America for kiwifruit orchards as Sungold sales take off

[2 December/NZ Herald] Global kiwifruit marketer, Zespri, is looking at opportunities to grow kiwifruit in North America as consumer demand there soars for its Sungold variety. Chief Executive, Dan Mathieson, said Sungold sales jumped 32 per cent this year with 4.7 million trays sold compared to 3.3 million last year,...
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Fonterra keeps cone of silence on Tip Top sale rumours

[22 November/Otago Daily Times] Fonterra has declined to be drawn on speculation that its New Zealand based ice cream company, Tip Top, may be up for sale as the co-operative looks to streamline its operation. The Australian newspaper said Fonterra is believed to be weighing up a sale of its South American operations, as well...

Dairy prices forecast to keep falling until next year

[21 November/Radio NZ] T he latest Global Dairy Auction saw average dairy prices slip 3.5 percent to USD2,727 a tonne. The key whole milk powder price fell 1.8 percent, while skim milk powder fell 1.6 percent and butter fell 9.6 percent. NZX dairy analyst Amy Castleton said whole milk volumes were at a peak, with...

NZ dairy production hits record in peak October month

[20 November/NZ Herald] Positive growing conditions over spring has driven NZ milk production to a record high of 271.08 million kilos of milksolids in the peak month of October, according to DCANZ data. The previous record was 270.8 million kg in October 2014. October year-on-year milk production was up 6.5 per cent while season to-date...

Marlborough vineyard workers paid less than half of minimum wage

[22 November/Stuff] A Marlborough businessman has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in penalties and unpaid wages to vineyard workers who have been paid less than half of the minimum wage. Jaswinder Paul hired seven employees through his company R.K.K Enterprises, who were subcontracted to work at Stokesay Vineyard. Employment Relations Authority member Christine...

Two new North Island Mycoplasma bovis farms confirmed

[27 November/Stuff] Two North Island dry-stock beef farms, have been confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said it had been monitoring the two farms in Manawatu and Wairarapa, which already had animal restrictions in place. The number of infected properties stands at 33, with 42 properties cleared of the...

Onion biosecurity plan

[21 November/Rural Life] Biosecurity New Zealand and Onions New Zealand have signed an agreement for funding to prepare for future biosecurity responses. Both parties signed a sector readiness operational agreement earlier this month which will see the organisations jointly funding readiness activities that will improve preparedness for incursions of pests and diseases of major concern...

Shearing contractors call for better workplace conditions amid shearing shortage

[20 November/ABC Rural] Historically New Zealand shearers have flocked to Australian wool sheds in search of higher wages however an increase in pay rates driven by the  has left Australian contractors unable to fill vacancies as the season reaches its peak.  It is the first time that shearers can earn more in New Zealand than...

Plant-based food maker Beyond Meat file for USD100 million IPO

[19 November/Food Dive] Beyond Meat has made preliminary filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating its intention to go public.  The filings, which indicate the company will trade with the ticker BYND, is currently slated to raise USD100 million.  Beyond Meat posted a net loss of USD30.4 million on revenue of USD32.6 million in...

Australian milk supply could drop 7%

[19 November/Otago Daily Times] Dairy Australia are predicting that Australian milk supply could fall as much as 7% in the 2018/19 season which in a worst case scenario could see the national milk pool fall to 8.6 billion litres, a two decade low.  This contrasts starkly with New Zealand milk growth which has grown almost...

Sexual harassment ‘ignored’ in rural workplaces, despite global #MeToo movement

[18 November/ABC News] The CEO of Rural, Regional, Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network), Jackie Jarvis, has warned that rural and remote workplaces are producing horrific cases of sexual harassment and assault.  Ms Jarvis suggested that the welfare of animals was often being placed in front of female employees with many employers doing...

Perfect Day partners with ADM to make milk without cows

[16 November/Forbes] Perfect Day, the San Francisco start-up looking to produce milk without cows, has entered into a partnership with Archer Daniel Midland to scale up production of it product.  The cow-free dairy product is produced using a fermentation process to create the same dairy proteins found in cow’s milk.  Perfect Day claims that their...

Quorn opens ‘world’s biggest’ meat alternative production facility

[15 November/Food Navigator] Quorn Foods has opened an expansion to its production site at Billingham in the North East of England which will double the company’s ability to produce Quorn’s core products.  The expansion, part of a GBP150 million investment in the company by ultimate shareholder Nissin Holdings of Japan, has been made in response...

US Food Waste start-ups have raised USD125 million+ in 2018 as grant funding in the space grows 70%

[15 November/AgFunder News] A new report from ReFED, the non-profit organisation dedicated to decreasing the amount of food wasted in the US, shows that start-ups in the food waste mitigation space have raised USD125 million in the first 10 months of 2018, while grant funding from foundations reached USD134 million in the first three quarters...

Sustainability, healthy aging and convenience top Mintel’s 2019 global trends

[14 November/Food Navigator] Market Researchers, Mintel, have released their picks for the mega trends that will shape the food system in 2019.  They suggest that Evergreen Consumption is the emerging sustainability trend as consumers increasingly focus on the entire product lifecycle from farm to retailer to fork to bin and ideally to rebirth as a...

Sanford’s full year profit hit by climate change impact

[15 November/Radio NZ] Listed fishing company, Sanford Group, said its full year profit rose by 13 percent to $42.3 million in the 12 months ended in September. It was boosted by an insurance payout to cover earthquake damage to a mussel processing facility in Havelock, which had contributed to an overall drop of 15 percent...

Two new faces for the Farmlands board/ Farmlands appoints John Journee to Board of Directors

[20 November/Farmlands Press Release] Farmlands have announced that Dawn Sangster and Gray Baldwin will join the Co-operative’s board having been elected by shareholders in the recent completed Board election.  Sitting Director, Rob Hewett, was also re-elected.  Chairman, Lachie Johnstone, congratulated the new arrivals to the board and thanked the unsuccessful candidates who stood for election. ...

More than $420m in funding boost for National Science Challenges

[17 November/Radio NZ] All of the National Science Challenges have been given an injection of more than $420 million to expand and extend their research programmes. The 11 science challenges were launched in 2014 by the National Government to target issues like climate change, housing and mental health. The Minister of Research, Science, and Innovation,...

First observational study on breastmilk composition could drive scientific, technological and commercial advancements

[15 November/Dairy Reporter] A world first study conducted by Plant and Food Research in the Manawatu/ Whanganui regions has analysed dietary intakes and breastmilk nutrient composition to aid the development of supplements or programmes to support the health of breastfeeding mothers.  The programme, funded by Danone Nutricia, involved 78 women who recorded their food and...

Focus now on selling remaining shares

[16 November/Otago Daily Times] With the final stage of its infrastructure construction project complete, the North Otago Irrigation Company is now in a position to focus on selling its remaining shares. Waitaki District Council loaned the company $17 million in 2015 to help fund its 10,000ha stage 2 expansion to its irrigation scheme. The company...

A2 Milk net profit rockets up 65 pct in first four months

[20 November/NZ Herald] The a2 Milk Company said its net profit has increased by 64.5 per cent to $86 million in the first four months of the new financial year, compared with the corresponding period last year, and that it was well prepared for any cross-border regulation changes in China. The dual-listed alternative milk company,...

Award-winner Blue River Dairy fourth on Fast 50 index

[16 November/Rural Life] Invercargill’s Blue River Dairy appears set to cement its place in the Fast 50 index for some time, given it expects to double its exports next year to 15 million cans of infant milk powder. At an Auckland awards ceremony for the annual Fast 50 survey, Blue River Dairy won the New...

Virtual rural health school plan unaffected by Govt move

[17 November/Rural Life] A proposal by the University of Otago and other providers to create a virtual school for rural health remains very much alive despite Health Minister David Clark announcing that the Government would not support a Waikato University initiative to establish a $300 million school of rural medicine. Otago public health professor Peter...

Shortage of vets a cause for concern for rural and urban areas

[18 November/Stuff] A national shortage of vets has New Zealand’s rural sector on high alert. Rural veterinary practices are finding it tough to fill vacant roles, impacting the availability of services to farmers and in MPI’s view putting biosecurity surveillance at risk. Miles Anderson, Federated Farmers meat and wool industry group chair, noted that a...

A coalition of powerful business groups urges a complete overhaul of the resource management system

[19 November/Stuff] The Resource Reform NZ group, comprised of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Infrastructure New Zealand, Property Council New Zealand, the Environmental Defence Society and BusinessNZ, are calling for a complete overhaul of the resource management system in New Zealand. The Environment Minister David Parker had indicated a wide-ranging review commencing in 2019, which...