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US and Japan warned against “sweetheart deal” at TPP talks

US and Japan warned against “sweetheart deal” at TPP talks

Dairy access could prove a sticking point in New Zealand’s efforts to achieve a satisfactory outcome from the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Trade Minister Tim Groser says an agreement is in sight after talks in Canberra last weekend, but he’s concerned that the United States and Japan could make a private deal that would compromise New Zealand’s dairy trade liberalization objectives.

He’s warned their representatives against making a sweetheart deal that benefits just them and not Australia and New Zealand, and that if they did it could cause “massive political problems”.

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Fonterra chief says China will be back in December

Fonterra chief says China will be back in December

Fonterra’s chief executive Theo Spierings expects Chinese demand for dairy products will be back - and closer to historic volumes - from December.

He says current prices are well below “fair” expectations at US$2,640 per tonne of milk solids and would be perceived as “very fair” by other global traders at around US$3,500 a tonne.

However, he warns that geopolitical factors such as the Russian ban on European imports over Ukraine, Islamic state actions in the Middle East, and the Ebola  outbreak in Africa could have a disruptive effect on the global dairy market.

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Zespri lifts Kiwifruit price forecast

Zespri lifts Kiwifruit price forecast

Zespri has increased its forecast of returns from kiwifruit because of the impact of a catastrophic frost on Chile’s kiwifruit crop.

Last August, Zespri’s forecast for  Green kiwifruit was $5.34 a tray. Now it’s $5.71 a tray.

Forecast per hectare returns have broken $50,000 for the first time, with a predicted return of $51,047, well ahead of the $42,659 return achieved last season.

Zespri says frosts have cut Chile’s harvest by 44 percent to around 100,000 tonnes – while New Zealand has produced 350,000 tonnes – four-fifths of which is the green variety.

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Theileria Ikeda hits 1,000 cattle herds

Theileria Ikeda hits 1,000 cattle herds

Close to 1,000 New Zealand cattle herds have been affected by the anaemia-causing parasite Theileria Ikeda.

The Ikeda strain of Theileria was first detected here two years ago.

The disease is carried by a cattle tick, and over the last month it’s been spreading at the rate of about 29 herds a week, according to the latest data released by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Most of the new cases have been concentrated in the Waikato and Northland areas.

However there are signs that the disease is now spreading to outlying regions.

Farmers are being advised to look out for cattle straggling on the walk to the shed,  or with pale vulva and udders.

Left untreated, about one percent of cattle affected by Theileria Ikeda can die.

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New Agrichemical qualification

New Agrichemical qualification

A new qualification has been developed for staff selling agrichemicals in the rural servicing industry. The New Zealand Certificate in Agrichemical Supply has been developed by Agcarm and the Primary Industry Training Organisation and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

It’s been designed to promote safe storage, handling and use of agrichemicals and animal health products.

Last week, the Waikato Regional Authority issued a warning that uncertified contractors spraying agrichemicals were posing a risk to public  health.

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Fonterra plans new Canterbury milk powder driers

Fonterra plans new Canterbury milk powder driers

Fonterra plans to build two new high-efficiency milk powder drier at its Studholme site in South Canterbury.

It has initiated consultation on the development which is intended to provide capacity to process an additional 9 million litres of milk a year from the fastest growing dairy region in the country.

Fonterra says mitigating environmental impact is a high priority in its planning – and it’s studying the use of biomass to fuel energy-efficient boilers in the driers and a range of options for wastewater treatment.

Each one of the two new powder driers will create a demand for 125 new site and tanker staff and it wants to start construction on the first drier within 5 years.

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Canterbury A&P Show

Canterbury A&P Show

Canterbury Agricultural Park, Wigram Road, Wigram, Christchurch City  (Canterbury)

Country comes to town for New Zealand’s largest A&P Show, the legendary Canterbury A&P Show.

See the very best of rural life with three full days of livestock and equestrian judging, plenty of entertainment and attractions, indoor and outdoor exhibits, plus excellent food and wine.

A spectacular mix of colour, excitement and competition – a true celebration of everything great in New Zealand and one not to be missed!

More info: www.theshow.co.nz