Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

Charges laid after cows beaten with pipe

[4 December/Stuff] Six charges have been laid after hidden camera footage showed a Northland farmer beating cows with a pipe and other implements. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has filed charges against one person after receiving the footage. The footage drew swift criticism from industry leaders, including Federated Farmers animal welfare spokesman Chris Lewis....

Cropping sector on good footing – Report

[30 November 2018/NZ Herald] The cropping sector is looking towards an enhanced future as good seasonal prospects, stronger markets and an increased variety of crop options put the sector on a good footing after a tough two years. The recently released industry survey from the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative, indicates stock levels of unsold grain...

Dairy cow numbers rise by 2.7 per cent in latest numbers

[November 26/Stuff] Dairy cow numbers in New Zealand have increased 2.7 per cent on the 2016-17 year to total 4.99 million. Statistics for 2017-18 show the amount of milk processed remained largely static at 20.7 billion litres. Milk solid production continued its downward trend over the past three years, easing to 1.84m kilograms from 1.85...

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...

Government gets tough over Nait, fines 80 farmers

[16 November/Stuff] In the last few months 80 infringement notices have been handed out by MPI relating to farmers compliance with the National Animal Identification and Traceability system.  One fine was for unregistered animals, however most were for not correctly recording livestock movements. Federated Farmers dairy group chairman Chris Lewis welcomed the news, saying it...

Dry and windy conditions in store for November as El Nino approaches

[3 November/NZ Farmer] NIWA are forecasting an 88% chance of New Zealand experiencing warm El Nino conditions over the summer period according to Principal Forecasting Scientist, Chris Brandolino. He said while it was not set in stone it is looking increasingly likely, adding the country and in particular the North Island, will need to brace...

Aucklanders jump at dairy apprenticeships

[3 October/Stuff] One in five people who wanted to take up dairy farming apprenticeships come from Auckland. A joint dairy apprenticeship scheme was launched a year ago by Federated Farmers and Primary ITO. Since then, 240 people had registered their interest, with over 40 coming from Auckland. Primary ITO Chief Executive, Linda Sissons, said many...

Farm deaths and injuries declining despite latest tragedy

[2 October/Stuff] According to Federated Farmers President, Katie Milne, it was a hard weekend after news that a mother and son died on a north Otago farm. They died in a tractor accident. Deaths and injuries of people working on farms had been trending downwards as the sector took the issue more seriously. Last year,...

Bovis fears after wandering cows placed with farmer’s heifers

[1 October/The Country] Federated Farmers Northland President, John Blackwell, said a ho-hum attitude to wandering stock highlighted ignorance around biosecurity. The Northland Council found cows wandering, and placed them in a nearby paddock without telling the property owner. The farmer noticed his own heifers socialising with the lost stock. Mr Blackwell added that was unacceptable...

Rising suicide rate prompts funding call

[20 September/Rural Life] Rural leaders want more support given rising suicide rates. Statistics showed suicide rates had increased for the fourth year in a row. Federated Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, said New Zealand had yet to see the full impact of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. He emphasised the whole industry needs to rally round,...

Capital gains tax on the cards

[25 September/Dairy News] Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said people who recently bought farms and are highly leveraged could be affected by the introduction of a capital gains tax putting downward pressure on land values. He added it could be beneficial for those about to purchase a farm after its introduction. The possibility of...

North Island farmers lose 100,000 lambs after spring storm

[17 September/Stuff] An estimated 100,000 lambs were lost in the North Island over the past few weeks due to a recent storm. The economic impact of the losses is estimated at up to $14.4 million. Federated Farmers High Country Chairman, Simon Williamson, said lambing would not begin in areas where recent snow had fallen until...

Pea imports astound local grower

[17 September/Farmers Weekly] Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers Arable Chairwoman, Joanne Burke, says a disconnect with end users hampered cropping farmers’ ability to push the virtues of the quality products they produced. She was surprised that a New Zealand plant-based chicken company imported peas from Canada as they couldn’t get them here. She added more needed...

Daunting report puts trees first

[5 September/Farmers Weekly] A new report from the Productivity Commission detailed a landscape full of challenges for the primary sector as New Zealand aimed to create a zero carbon economy. Agriculture was at the hard end of the policy shifts. It called for major land use change to increase forestry and horticulture. Reduced livestock numbers...

Southland Fish and Game says it has ‘a good understanding’ of rural life

[9 September/Stuff] Southland Fish and Game Manager, Zane Moss, said he was not worried about having farmers elected to the organisation’s council as they have a good understanding of rural life. There were fourteen applicants fighting for two positions on the council. Federated Farmers encouraged its members to get elected onto Fish and Game’s regional...

Land use concerns farmers

[5 September/Otago Daily Times] Foresters and farmers were wary of a report from the Productivity Commission on New Zealand meeting its climate change target. In particular, they are uncertain on the achievability of the annual forest planting rate of 100,000 hectares. Federated Farmers were concerned about the amount of land required for planting while the...

Farmers face pressure under climate change legislation

[30 August/Radio NZ] Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, said to prevent global warming, methane emissions needed to fall by 10 to 22 percent. Farmers who thought they would get an easy ride in the legislation were unhappy. The report followed intense debate about the impact of methane on climate change. Farmers argued it...

Bacon back in latest country of origin labelling proposal

[27 August/Stuff] The Primary Production Select Committee recommended cured meats such as bacon and ham be included in the Consumers’ Right to Know Bill. This would mean bacon would require country of origin labels. This was a change on its interim report which excluded such products. NZ Pork Chairman, Eric Roy, said the change showed...

Fed Farmers calls for supermarket milk boycott

[27 August/Rural Life] Federated Farmers wants New Zealander’s to stop buying milk from supermarkets, and buy it from dairies instead. This was a result of University of Auckland Marketing Professor, Bodo Lang, finding milk pricing in New Zealand was very high. Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Chris Lewis, said he avoided the supermarket when buying milk...

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...