Posts tagged "Australia"

A2 Milk Co continues to grow

[22 August/Farmers Weekly] Infant formula sales in Australia and China are driving The A2 Milk Company’s (‘A2 Milk’) growth momentum. A2 Milk reported a 68 percent increase in revenue. Sales of A2 Platinum formula still dominated the business. According to Managing Director, Jayne Hrdlicka, the company continues to gain market share in both Australia and...

A2 Milk increases stake in Synlait Milk

[3 August/Radio NZ] The a2 Milk Company will buy an additional 8 percent share in Synlait Milk from Mitsui for $161.6 million. This will increase its share of Synlait to 17.4 percent in total. Synlait produces infant formula for A2 Milk, which was in demand in Australia and China. It had also helped drive the...

Supply pressure building in major world beef markets

[30 May, Rabobank] There was a positive start to the global beef sector in 2018, however building pressures had the potential to change the export market dynamics. A report by Agribusiness Banking Specialist, Rabobank, said supply pressure was growing in global beef markets due to dry weather conditions in the U.S., a surplus of animal...

Champion concerned about future of shearing

[13 March/Radio NZ] World Champion Sheep Shearer, John Kirkpatrick, was worried about the future of shearing as both a profession and as a sport. Mr Kirkpatrick has won 149 open finals over his career, including the Golden Shares four times and the world championship last year. He was worried that there weren’t enough younger people...

New Zealand pork soon to be on Australian tables

[6 March/NZ Farmer] According to New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, New Zealand Pork will soon be sold in Australia for the first time in a niche market. He noted that the amount the industry hoped to sell depended on how successfully exporting companies took up the opportunity. Pork exports are limited to few markets...

New Zealand wines a cut above Aussie quaffers in US market

 [26 February/NZ Farmer] For the second year running, New Zealand has been ranked the third biggest wine importer by value to the United States behind Italy and France. When compared to Australia, NZ exports only 7.7 million cases to the United States whereas Australia exports 20.6 million. However, the total value of our wines of...

MPI urged to stand firm on hitchhiking stink bugs

[21 February/Otago Daily Times] Efforts were in place at the PrimePort Timaru to repel to marmorated stink bug. More than 100 of these bugs were found on a vessel carrying motor vehicles from Japan. It was re-routed to Australia as no port in New Zealand had the capacity to fumigate it. Federated Farmers Biosecurity Spokesman,...

Japanese shipment full of ‘stink bugs’ a biosecurity risk

[15 February/The Country] Federated Farmers has called on the Ministry for Primary Industries to hold firm on a shipment which had been previously turned away from the Ports of Auckland. The ship was deemed a biosecurity risk after over 100 brown marmorated stink bugs were found. It was carrying vehicles from Japan and has subsequently...

Onion breeding station opened in Pukekohe

[19 February/The Country] An Onion Breeding Station worth $2 million was opened in Pukekohe earlier this month. The facility has state-of-the-art sheds, crop covers and irrigation systems. It supports key markets which include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Global Breeding Director for Large Seed/Root & Bulb/Brassica crops, Dr Yossi Shapiro,...

US dairy sees ‘strong advocate’ in nominee Gregg Doud as USTR chief agricultural negotiator

[6 February/ Dairy Reporter] The US Dairy Exporters Council and National Milk Producers Federation have both urged the US Senate to swiftly approve the nomination by the Trump Administration of Gregg Doud to the role of Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative.  Mr Doud’s nomination has been on hold since...

China deal puts SPC back on front foot

[19 January/ Australian Financial Review] Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable processor, SPC Ardmona, is showing a positive outlook as it pursues growth in new markets and through new channels.  The Coca- Cola Amatil owned business is expected to enter into an arrangement with a Chinese based distribution partner to take Goulburn Valley packaged fruit into...

Bunnings to pull Yates pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths

[14 January/ Stuff Business] Bunnings stores across Australia and New Zealand will cease stocking the Yates Confidor product by the end of this year, given concerns that the pesticide contributes to affecting the navigation and immune systems of bees.  The company acknowledges that decision was based on precaution rather than scientific evidence, with a spokesperson...

Airbnb-style sites offering Aussie farms to camp out

[20 August/Straits Times] The latest disruption to the travel industry in Australia involves farmers renting out spare bits of their land to holiday on, allowing tourists access to Australia’s vast and empty rural areas and providing farmers with an income boost. Airbnb style sites are offering 40 hectares of land plots for as little as...