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Farmer suicide data a “national disgrace”

Farmer suicide data a “national disgrace”

New data on suicides among farmers has just become available from Coronial Services.

The data shows that over the last six years a total of 169 farmers died in suicides – far more than the 112 who died from accidents or illness in the course of their occupation.

The data was obtained as a result of an inquiry by Federated Farmers, and the organisation’s health and safety spokesperson Katie Milne says the farmer suicide rate is a “national disgrace” that has gone largely unnoticed outside the communities and families it touches.

She says the turnover of medical professions in rural areas is a big issue because mutual trust is vital in combating depression and tackling the suicide toll.

Katie Milne says the new data provides a chance for a review of the Ministry of Health’s voluntary bonding system to see if it remains fit for purpose.

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Wool price firm at latest South Island sale

Wool price firm at latest South Island sale

Prices at the latest South Island wool sale remain firm overall.

The trade weighted market indicator strengthened from 0.7070 to 0.7163 but prices still remained solid. Merino fleece 17 and 18 micron was 3 to 4 percent dearer. 18.5 to 21 micron and 22 and 23 micron were 2 to 3 percent cheaper.  Mid Micron fleece 24.5 to 30 micron was 5 to 9 percent dearer.

Fine Crossbred fleece 32 to 36 micron was firm to 2.5 percent dearer.

Coarse Crossbred Early Shorn and Second Shear 3 to 5 inch remained firm while 2 to 4 inch and 2 to 3 inch were 3 to 5 percent dearer.

The pass rate at the South Island sale was higher than normal, mainly due to Merino types not meeting growers’ reserves.

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DairyNZ says Southland swede mystery will take months to solve

DairyNZ says Southland swede mystery will take months to solve

DairyNZ will be starting a programme of farmer interviews in Southland next week in an effort to build a detailed picture of what caused the rash of cows dying and becoming ill after eating swedes in the region.

DairyNZ’s General Manager for Extension Craig McBeth says the team working on the inquiry has given farmers as much advice as it can from what’s known now, and it needs some robust research to provide farmers with some further evidence-backed advice early next year.

He says results from animal testing are due back by the end of October, but plant sampling is complex and will take much longer. Dairy NZ doesn’t expect any results on the plant front until February next year.

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NZ beef exports to Indonesia double

NZ beef exports to Indonesia double

Beef exports to Indonesia have more than doubled in the last year.

New Zealand shipped more than 15,000 tonnes of beef to Indonesia in the year to June, compared to just over 6,500 the previous year.

The jump is mainly due to Indonesia’s decision to lift volume based import restrictions.

However, the Meat Industry Association is still concerned that new price-based rules could still hurt New Zealand’s beef exports.

Under the new Indonesian system, meat and live cattle imports are only allowed when domestic beef prices increase more than 15 percent – for a base of around US $6.60 a kilo.

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NZ commodity prices slip in August

NZ commodity prices slip in August

New Zealand commodity prices fell to an 18 month low last month.

The ANZ Commodity Price Index for September slipped 1.3 percent – but the good news is that’s less than the 3.3 percent fall in August.

Skim milk powder led the September fall – down 14 percent. But beef prices were up 10 percent to set a new series record.

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Wool prices continue upward trend

Wool prices continue upward trend

Wool prices continued their upward trend at the latest North Island sale…

Upward movements ranged from 4 percent for coarser crossbred fleece to 12 percent for wool in the 34 to 46 micron, 2 to 4 inch class.

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151st Hawkes Bay Show

151st Hawkes Bay Show

Hawkes Bay Showgrounds  (Hawkes Bay)

The Hawke's Bay A&P Show, hosted by the Hawke's Bay A&P Society, celebrates its 151st Show in October 2014.

Weds 22, Thurs 23 and Fri 25 October 2014

The Hawke's Bay Show is the only event in the region to be held on Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day which is a public holiday, and it is iconic in the region bringing together a diverse audience of people, from rural farming families, business to young children and families from urban Hastings.

The Show is a wonderful celebration of old and new, urban and rural. A wonderful event full of livestock, entertainment, competition and fun for all.

If you are interested in participating in the 2014 151st Hawke's Bay Show please contact Anna Hamilton, Events Manager for more information about Trade sites, Sponsorship or Competition details. Phone 06 878 3123 or email events@showgroundshb.co.nz

Our 150th Show in 2013 had more than 250 trade sites, selling everything from home and lifestyle products, food and wine, to clothing, tractors and cars. Talk to us tody about booking your trade site for 2014!

More info: http://www.hawkesbayshow.co.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=27