Posts tagged "Federated Farmers"

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...

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...