Rural News

New Zealand meat exports back in Iran

New Zealand resumed meat exports to Iran in May, sending 60 tonnes of frozen lamb to the Islamic state. Market access to Iran effectively ceased in 1998 as a result of international sanctions. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy cleared the way...... Read More

Dairy, beef, lamb economy drivers in Canterbury

Economists are predicting the Ashburton District’s dairy payout will exceed $900 million for the 2016-2017 season. The Infometrics quarterly economic monitor report bases the payout figure on an assumption that production levels from the previous...... Read More

Rural lives at risk

The lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk every day because of poor connectivity and inequitable health services, according to a rural health leader. Dr Martin London, chair of the Rural Health Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ), says the...... Read More

Fonterra revenue hits $13.9B

As a result of higher milk prices, Fonterra’s revenue of $13.9 billion for the first nine months of 2016/17 is up eight per cent on the same period last year. Making the announcement on Wednesday, chief executive officer Theo Spierings says the...... Read More

Record Zespri sales, record dividend

The Zespri Board approved the intention to declare a 2017 final fully-imputed dividend of 17 cents per share, payable in August, bringing the total dividend to 25 cents a share.  The returns are based on outstanding returns for Gold kiwifruit,...... Read More

Zespri grower returns sag but volumes up

New Zealand's statutory kiwifruit exporter, Zespri, achieved distributable profit for its grower shareholders of $34.8 million in the year to March 31, on a 19 per cent increase in turnover of $2.26 billion. The Tauranga-based business signalled...... Read More

Managing risks during big annual stock shift

Recent finds of myrtle rust and the pest plant velvetleaf in the Waikato region underline why it’s crucial for farmers to take precautions as they move stock and equipment at this time of year. Moving Day occurs in the week leading up to and...... Read More

Internet selling of stock comes of age

Stock farmers are embracing digital buying and selling of their stock as the agricultural world develops the internet as a way of life, says Jason Roebuck from Stock X. On The Land is the show that brings you the latest farming news. Presented by rural...... Read More

Wallaby warning as numbers rise

  Farmers and landowners are being warned of the the threat posed by wallabies to Central Otago after sightings of the pest in Lake Hawea and Cromwell. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) held two meetings in Tarras and Ranfurly last week to outline...... Read More

Silver Fern Farms’ restructure was unlawful

Silver Fern Farms has been found to have acted unlawfully during a staff restructure at its Fairton Meatworks plant. The Meatworkers Union complained to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) following concerns that the restructure in 2015 was not...... Read More