News

The latest news and updates in the rural and equestrian sector.

The investigation into the mass chicken death

A year ago yesterday 190,000 chickens died at D B Chicks near Helensville. But the investigation into the mass chicken death is still not completed a year later. SAFE’s  Jessica Chambers, says there’s no excuse for the investigation to take so long describing it as...

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The shearers will be allowed in from January to March.

60 international shearers are the latest to be allowed into take the pressure off woolly sheep in the summer heat. Horticulturists and rural contractors have both been given Government reprieves to allow pickers and big machinery operators into the country at harvest...

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Cherry harvest just getting underway.

NZ’s love for cherries is about to be satisfied with the stone fruit harvest just getting underway. But like our strawberry crop, there is a potential loss of $50 million dollars to the Central Otago economy if the cherries can’t be picked due to lack of pickers. Tim...

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Coronavirus on beef

Reports over the weekend that the Chinese city of Jinan found Coronavirus on beef and tripe and their packaging from Brazil, Bolivia and New Zealand, are being refuted by the Prime Minister. Reuters also reported two other provincial capitals detected it on pork from...

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Keep children off quad bikes

Australians are being advised to keep children off quad bikes of any size, not carry passengers, loads or spray tanks and wear helmets. The latest report from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety says quad bikes have accounted for 15 of 69 on-farm...

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Kiwifruit Industry

Confidence in the kiwifruit industry’s growth is fuelling Mount Pack & Cool’s investment in increased packing and storage capacity at its 6.5ha site in Tauranga. In January, the fourth stage of development gets underway making it the largest individual...

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Water Shortage in Canterbury Region

Canterbury farmers are being warned to be prepared for a dry summer and save those water allocations. Some farmers have already used 20% of their allocation and we are still in Spring. But in Marlborough, it's a little better with another week of spring rain after a...

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Andrew Hoggard and International Dairy Federation

Federated Farmers President Andrew Hoggard is well used to representing New Zealand’s farmers but now he’ll be representing dairy farmers from all corners of the planet on the board of the International Dairy Federation. The IDF represents every aspect of the dairy...

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Italian kiwifruit disease

A mystery Corona Virus like kiwifruit disease is sweeping through Italian kiwifruit crops and leaving scientists baffled. The disease, which growers call  moria  or die-off, begins in the roots of kiwifruit vines, which blacken and rot. The leaves then wither and...

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