Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

Vets open to pan-industry initiative on grazing

[14 August/Rural Life] The New Zealand Veterinary Association said it would embrace a pan-industry initiative on winter grazing. It expressed concerns about animal welfare consequences caused by poor practices. Chief Veterinary Officer, Helen Beattie, added there were common practices in some areas that often resulted in poor welfare for animals and environmental damage. She had...

Roundup called into question after US court finding

[12 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency believes Roundup is safe in spite of a U.S. court ruling it contributed to a janitor’s cancer, awarding him $440 million. The lawsuit claimed Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto insisted hundreds of studies had established the active ingredient was safe and planned to appeal the decision. Associate...

Farmer confidence at its weakest in 6 years

[1 August/Rural Life] New Zealand farmer confidence fell to its lowest level in six years due to uncertainty with government policies. According to the latest Federated Farmers confidence survey, around 39 percent of farmers surveyed were pessimistic about the economic conditions over the next year. This was the lowest level recorded since 2012. ANZ’s business...

Wool sector to connect threads

[23 July/Farmers Weekly] The wool industry was set to move forward with a new purpose and a plan for action. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said key players would form a group to better tell the wool story and give it a sense of direction with a purpose for the future. He added there was a...

RMA guidelines concern Federated Farmers

[23 July/Rural Life] Federated Farmers has expressed concerns about new Resource Management Act guidelines. They were intended to assist councils in their monitoring and enforcement duties under the act. Federated Farmers Senior Policy Advisor, Richard Gardner, said it favoured best practice guidelines on how councils exercised their duties. Environment Minister, David Parker, said the enforcement...

Beetle find sends imported stock food to Whangarei lock-up

[23 July/The Country] A shipment of beetle infested stock food is in a lockup near Whangarei after being treated with methyl bromide. The cargo was from Indonesia, and was intercepted before it could be unloaded and distributed in June. Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Vice-Chairman, David Clark, said it was symptomatic of a fundamental failure...

Stock rustling takes shine off a good year for sheep farmers

[17 July/Stuff] Wairarapa farmers are becoming increasingly angered by rustlers stealing sheep, and say it is becoming noticeable in hurting their bottom lines. Gladstone sheep and beef farmer, Andrew Rayner, has had so many thefts that he now avoids putting stock in roadside paddocks. Farmers estimate that incidents are occurring about once a fortnight and...

Wool summit to seek to offer answers for future

[14 July/Rural Life] A summit hosted by the Ministry for Primary Industries aimed to offer innovative solutions for the future of the wool industry. Prince Charles had sent a message of support to be read at the event. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, said the industry had struggled to achieve unity, a common vision and strategic...

Govt could appoint commissioner to improve animal welfare

[3 July/Stuff] A commissioner for animals could be possible when the Government attempts to improve animal welfare. Minister for Animal Welfare, Meka Whaitiri, released the framework for action on animal welfare a day after footage of a farmer abusing cows in a milking shed was made public. Ms Whaitiri said New Zealander’s took animal welfare...

Farmer confidence ‘hanging in the balance’ amid M. bovis concerns

[5 July/NBR] According to a Rabobank survey, the impacts of Mycoplasma bovis were the main reason for a 100 percent rise in the number of farmers who expected the rural economy to worsen. Rabobank New Zealand General Manager for Country Banking, Hayley Gourley, said confidence was hanging in the balance with the number of farmers...

First woman to lead Feds arable elected to national board

[4 July/Rural News] Federated Farmers elected Karen Williams as its arable chairperson at its national conference. She would replace Guy Wigley who stepped down after three years in the role. She was the first woman to lead the Federation’s arable sector. She was previously a planner with the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and now runs...

Farmers puzzled by Air NZ’s vege burger

[5 July/Rural News] Farmers were puzzled by Air New Zealand’s decision to promote an overseas produced plant protein burger. Federated farmers said Air New Zealand prides itself on being innovative, and liked to partner with like-minded businesses. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chairperson, Miles Anderson, added that they understood that, however was unsure why our...

Kiwi export foods need one brand

[27 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s farming industry faced a range of challenges and branding was key to success according to speakers at Federated Farmers’ national conference. Brand Strategist, Brian Richards, said it was critical New Zealand learnt to sell less for more and take advantage of the vote of confidence from the wider world. He...

More M. bovis disclosure wanted – Whanganui farmers

[26 June/The Country] Farmers want to know whether their neighbours have the Mycoplasma bovis disease, however the Ministry for Primary Industries has been avoiding outing infected farms to the public. Biosecurity Minister, Damien O’Connor, said it would now directly inform the neighbours of infected or high risk farms. It would also list the NAIT numbers...

Federated Farmers asks rural school to ban calves

[22 June/The Country] Traditional pet days at rural schools could be banned until the threat of Mycoplasma bovis is removed. Federated Farmers is asking schools to exclude all breeds of calves from their 2018 Ag Day programmes to reduce the risk of infection being transmitted between calves being transported to schools. Lambs, goats and other...

Farmers welcome further greenhouse gas discussions

[8 June/Radio NZ] Federated Farmers saw the silver lining in the Government’s latest climate change proposals related to the Zero Carbon Bill which aimed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Of the three alternatives, two give a softer run to livestock-sourced methane than to carbon dioxide which could give farmers an easier life during climate...

B+LNZ farmers won’t oppose levy increase

[11 June/Farmers Weekly] Farmers will undoubtedly scrutinise how Beef + Lamb NZ Spends its extra $4 million in levies it proposed to raise but are unlikely to vote against the increases according to industry leaders. Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Spokesman, Miles Anderson, said the increased levies weren’t big, and wold not be opposed in...

More farmers feeling financial pressure from banks

[5 June/NBR] Even with improved dairy market conditions, more farmers were falling under undue pressure from their banks. Federated Farmers Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard, said confidence and satisfaction with banks remained reasonably high, and thought non-financial pressures were also impacting farmers. He cited government climate change policies and the emerging risk of Mycoplasma bovis as factors...

Lots of challenges for chief executive

[7 June/Rural Life] New Zealand Young Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, is set to take over as Federated Farmers’ new boss next month and admitted dealing with the ongoing impact of Mycoplasma bovis would be difficult. He said he was looking forward to his new challenge. He added he had a real passion for mental...

Greenpeace want agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in carbon act

[7 June/The Country] Greenpeace questioned why the Government was tabling options for its Zero Carbon Bill that could result in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions being treated more softly than other emissions. Farming groups were happy to see the Government considering its approach to shorter-lived gases differently. Greenpeace Climate Campaigner, Kate Simcock, said as the biggest...

Federated Farmers pulls out of Northland GMO policy fight

 [1 June/The Country] Federated Farmers pulled out of attempts to overturn plans to ban GMO testing and growing by a number of local authorities. It had taken several court actions and subsequent appeals. It argued the Government’s Environmental Protection Authority regulations were protection enough, and local government’s measures were unnecessary. Federated Farmers were criticised for...

Fonterra approaches farmers to switch from Westland Milk Products

[25 May/The Country] Fonterra has approached Westland Milk Products suppliers to switch loyalties with the promise of better returns. Federated Farmers President for the region, Peter Langford, said it was known that Westland suppliers had been talking to Fonterra as it tried to secure supply on the West Coast. He expected some suppliers would switch...

Budget gets tick

[21 May/Farmers Weekly] The primary sector saw some gains in the Government’s first budget, with science, research and forestry being the biggest increases. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said the $85 million allocated to Mycoplasma bovis may not be enough. National’s Agriculture Spokesman, Nathan Guy, said the amount allocated to biosecurity was half of...

Fert tax coming?

[14 May/Farmers Weekly] Environment Minister, David Parker, appeared to want regional councils to implement plans to improve water quality sooner than is being achieved, according to Local Government New Zealand regional sector chairman, Dough Leeder. Mr Parker indicated he would shorten deadlines. Ecologist and Consultant, Alison Dewes, said given the complexity of the issues on...