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D.O.C. & NZ FUR COUNCIL COME UP WITH WIN-WIN POSSUM DEAL

D.O.C. & NZ FUR COUNCIL COME UP WITH WIN-WIN POSSUM DEAL

The Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Fur Council have sealed a deal that will open up the conservation estate to let approved hunters and trappers recover fur, skin and meat from possums.

DoC spends more than $10 million a year on possum control in the estate – and the possum fur industry is currently making $100 to 150 million a year from its products.

The deal’s sounds good for both parties.

DoC will save money on its control operations, and the Fur Council thinks the industry can double its production with access to the conservation estate.

Possum fibre is currently worth about $110 a kilo to a trapper.

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BETTER NEWS FOR MEAT PRODUCERS

BETTER NEWS FOR MEAT PRODUCERS

It’s been better news for meat producers today.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s just released the sector’s export results for first half of this season.

Returns from beef and veal are at a record high of $1.6 billion – up $480 million on the returns for the same period last season.

Beef and veal export volumes were up by 12 percent on last year – with volumes going to the United States climbing by 33 percent, and to China up 21 percent.

Lamb exports also rose jn value over the six months to March – up 2.2 percent to $1.36 billiion – and that’s on a 2.9 percent drop in export volumes.

Lamb exports to the European Union and China were down on last season’s first half, but shipments to North America and the Middle East were up.

Mutton export values were static  – at $5,350 per tonne – while export volumes fell by 18 percent, with exports to the European Union, South Asia and North America moving up – but mutton exports to China dropped by a massive 30 percent.

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DAIRY PRICES SLIP AGAIN – DOLLAR HOLDS

DAIRY PRICES SLIP AGAIN – DOLLAR HOLDS

Dairy prices have slipped again at this week’s Global Dairy Trade Auction – making it three in a row for New Zealand’s leading export product.

The GDT all product’s price index fell 3.6 percent to 2,620 US dollars a tonne

Nearly 25,600 tonnes of product changed hands at the auction so the volume sold is up 10.8 percent on the last global auction a fortnight ago.

Skim milk powder took the biggest fall – down 7.8% at US$ 2,253 a tonne

Butter fell 6.6% to US$ 3,026 a tonne

The vital product - Whole milk powder -  fell 4.3% - to US2,446

And Rennet casein slipped 0.6% to US$6,949 a tonne.

Three products won price rises –

Cheddar lifted 2.7 percent to $2,888 US dollars a tonne

Anhydrous milk fat climbed 2.3 percent to $3,744 US

Butter Milk Powder was up 2.1 percent to $2,208 US dollars a tonne.

The auction result had minimal impact on the Kiwi dollar in the foreign exchange market.

It was trading at US 75.86 cents and 98.88 Australian cents after the auction news reached the market.

 

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GLOBAL DAIRY AUCTION COULD MOVE THE KIWI DOLLAR

GLOBAL DAIRY AUCTION COULD MOVE THE KIWI DOLLAR

Over the last 24 hours, the kiwi dollar has been bouncing around in foreign exchange market on the back of news of weaker economic growth in China and slower than expected retail sales in the United.

But if prices fall by more than 5 percent at this week’s Global Dairy Trade Auction, one thing’s certain: the kiwi dollar will fall too. Most analysts are predicting another fall this week – but farmers are looking beyond tomorrow’s exchange rate to the forecast for next season’s farmgate milk prices

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CENTRAL OTAGO WINEGROWERS RACE THE FROST

CENTRAL OTAGO WINEGROWERS RACE THE FROST

Wine growers in Central Otago are racing the clock to finish harvesting after this week's cold snap. Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey says he’s working with his team at Mount Diffficulty 10 hours a day, seven days a week to finish six weeks of harvesting in four. It’s been awful working in falling snow – but it hasn’t been settling and the worst fear is that it will be followed by front. If temperatures dip below -2degC, tender grapes will be ''toasted'', Dicey says.

The Department of Conservation’s worried the feral venison industry in Fiordland  National Park is on the point of collapse.

Prices for venison have been dropping steadily and operational costs have been increasing.

Eight commercial heli-hunters are shooting between 5,000 and 6,000 deer in the park annually.

DoC says if they stop shooting, wild deer could go from being a gain for the taxpayer to an estimated cost of $600,000 a year for DoC to operate a search and destroy mission to cull the pests.

The deparment’s Southland director Alan Munn says DoC can’t control overseas markets, or the cost of running a helicopter, but it can make changes to how it manages the Fordland park.

Munn suggests that limiting the number of operators in the park would make the industry more viable.

 

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NO NATIONWIDE IWI WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT – P.M.

NO NATIONWIDE IWI WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT – P.M.

The Prime Minister is moving to scotch speculation that the Government’s negotiating a nationwide settlement on iwi water rights claims.

John Key says there won’t be a national settlement, and there won’t be a change of water rights ownership.

He says the Government’s policy aim is to make sure water is available and used across the economy – and Maori are important  - but one of a number of stakeholders with an interest.

The Prime Minister says “there are some iwi leaders who believe they own water and should have dedicated national allocation rights – and what I’m saying is that’s actually not the government’s position.”

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Country TV Announces Increase In Viewers

As of January 19th 2015, Country TV will be watched by an estimated 130,000 people, equating over 40,000 household subscriptions. This hike in viewers will allow an ever-increasing, comprehensive programming schedule to include more local, relevant content, targeting rural-minded individuals around New Zealand.

Accessed through SKY channel 081, Country TV is New Zealand’s only dedicated rural channel, supplying the nation with agribusiness, farming, equestrian and rural lifestyle television. Increasing viewership means a higher volume of up-to-date information about local and international agriculture, farming, gardening, and more – all brought to the homes of rural-loving Kiwis.

The increase in viewers will give Country TV a better idea of which shows are attracting who, an understanding that will open doors for new programs and partnerships to further accommodate the demands of the market. Country TV aims to communicate directly with rural residents and/or those involved in rural industries to better inform and entertain the communities they support, and long term goals include being a part of every such household in New Zealand.

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