Posts tagged "Ravensdown"

Farming nutrient programme can be ‘manipulated’ – watchdog

[12 December/Rural Life] The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has released a report where he provides his assessment over whether Overseer should be used to regulate farmers with respect to water quality. Mr Upton said New Zealand has a major water quality problem associated with nutrient losses from farms and it was time...

Western Sahara refugees urge PM Jacinda Ardern to step in over phosphate trade

[12 September/Stuff] Refugees made a direct plea to the Prime Minister about the long running standoff in Western Sahara. Jacinda Ardern was one of the few Westerners to have visited their camps. Representatives of the refugees visiting Wellington are arguing for New Zealand fertiliser co-operatives to cease purchasing minerals from the region. Phosphate taken from...

Strong returns for Ravensdown

[7 August/Farmers Weekly] Ravensdown has reported strong earnings but believed its work helping farmers to reduce their environmental impact was as important. It said good progress was being made to ensure the most efficient application protocols are in place between its environmental consultants and nutrient management advisers and farmers. Its Chairman, John Henderson, said it...

Winner – Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year

[14 June/The New Zealand Guild of Agricultural Journalists and Communicators Inc.] New Zealand Special Agricultural Trade Envoy, Mike Petersen, was named the 2018 Ravensdown Agricultural Communicator of the Year. He received a trophy and a cash prize. This was the 32nd year the title had been awarded. Mr Petersen was described as a superb communicator...

Ravensdown effluent tech aimed at saving water

[7 May/The Country] Ravensdown and Lincoln University are launching new technology aimed at saving water that is being used to wash down dairy yards. According to Ravensdown Effluent Technology Manager, Jamie Thompson, ClearTech was designed to cut freshwater use, help existing effluent storage go further and reduce the environmental and safety risk. About a quarter...

Hundreds of Hawke’s Bay farmers in line for Ravensdown rebate

[18 April/Hawkes Bay Today] Over 500 farmers around Hawke’s Bay were given an indication of how much they can expect to receiving from Ravensdown. They announced an early interim rebate of $17.50 cash per tonne of eligible fertiliser payable to farmer shareholders across the country. Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson, said it demonstrated the co-operative’s strong...

NZ unlikely to buy disputed phosphate

[5 March/Radio NZ] A controversial cargo of phosphate that was seized in South Africa went back on the market, however New Zealand’s two biggest fertiliser companies said they were unlikely to purchase it. The ship was carrying 50,000 tonnes of phosphate rock bound for New Zealand last May when it was stopped at Port Elizabeth...

Ravensdown maps out its future direction at Timaru AGM

[3 October/ Stuff] Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson said it was both satisfying and a boost to the organisation’s confidence to record a third successive good result. Mr Henderson added that he cooperative had recorded a $53 million profit and was able to pay its shareholders a rebate of $49.3 million. Ravensdown Chief Executive, Greg Campbell...

Fert co-op backs farmer water group

[5 September/ Rural News Group] Ravensdown Chair John Henderson has strongly supported The Farming Leaders’ Pledge, a pledge by New Zealand farming leaders to help make New Zealand rivers swimmable for future generations. The pledge was signed by NZ pastoral farming leaders representing at least 80 percent of farmed land. Mr Henderson said Ravensdown does...

FAR wins new funding for research into arable nutrient loss

[14 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] A new $1 million research programme targeted on understanding the levels of soil nutrient losses from cropping systems has received funding from the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Improvement Fund. The project led by Foundation for Arable Research together with Horticulture NZ, Ravensdown, five Regional Councils (Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay...

Ravensdown changes way it does business and ups farmer rebate

[7 August/ Stuff] Ravensdown reported a $51 million profit before tax and lifted the rebate paid to shareholders, due to help from farmers investing in smart fertiliser products. Although the figure is less than last year’s $62 million, the company is paying a total annual rebate of $45 per tonne, compared to last year’s $41...

Ravensdown wants farmers to make smarter fertiliser decisions

[22 June/ Radio NZ] Fertiliser co-operative Ravensdown plans to sell less fertiliser if it ensures better environmental outcomes for streams and rivers. General Manager for Customer Relationships Bryan Inch said people want to create a better environmental management and nutrient space, causing Ravensdown to consider smarter farming going forward, meaning potentially less fertiliser sales. Ravensdown...

Disputed Western Sahara phosphate fertiliser shipments to continue for Ravensdown

[6 May/ New Zealand Herald] Ravensdown, a farmer-owned fertiliser co-operative, is not concerned about seizure of Western Sahara phosphate fertiliser heading to Napier, even though a competitor’s USD5million shipment has been held up by a South African court following a complaint from the Western Sahara Polisario movement. Western Sahara Resource Watch has called for a...

Farmer confidence on the up, says Ravensdown

 [10 October/ Radio NZ Rural] Ravensdown Customer Relationships General Manager, Bryan Inch said the company has had a very busy start to the spring, with strong demand for fertiliser showing that confidence was starting to return back into the sector following a couple of years of uncertainty. Mr Inch added that there had been a...

Fert company riding out dairy downturn

 [3 August/ Rural News] Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson said he thought the dairy sector downturn was going to be a real challenge for the fertiliser co-operative this year, but it had not materialised. Mr Henderson added that farmers appeared to be reacting to reduced cash flows by looking after their pasture rather than buying in...

Strong supply and lowering demand see fertiliser prices fall

[1 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Both Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown have announced price cuts for all of their products. Urea prices have dropped by $50 to $525 a tonne, the lowest price since 2007. Diammonium phosphate has been reduced by $25 per tonne, granular ammonium sulphate by $15, and potash by $10. Ballance Chief...

New remote sensing air fertiliser technology tested

[24 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Ravensdown and Massey University have been trailing the latest aerial top dressing technology to make fertiliser application more precise for farmers, reducing the amount that leaches into waterways. Ravensdown Technical Development Manager, Michael White said the new technology released the fertiliser automatically, allowing the pilot to concentrate solely on...

Rebate for Ravensdown shareholders

[14 August/ Otago Daily Times] Ravensdown is to pay out all its operating profit as a $50 a tonne rebate to shareholders this month, rather than during September. Ravensdown Chairman, John Henderson said the payment would be welcomed by the agri-sector. Ravensdown achieved an operating profit of $51.9 million despite one-off costs associated with the...

Ravensdown moves into new office

[31 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Ravensdown has moved into its newly built office, after being housed in temporary buildings at its Hornby manufacturing plant following its CBD offices being damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes. Ravensdown Chief Executive, Greg Campbell said the company’s’ new Hornby location delivered many benefits which included savings by avoiding lease...