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

Funding Process For The Mid Canterbury Floods Is Ongoing

The funding process for the Mid Canterbury floods which spewed shingle over many farm paddocks is ongoing with MPI receiving 168 applications, worth more than $8million. So far 82 applications totalling $1.48m have been approved. Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers...

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Wild Kiwifruit Vines Spotted On 39 Sites In Golden Bay

Wild kiwifruit vines, classified as a pest plant, have been spotted on 39 sites in Golden Bay in an aerial survey. While the fruit grown in controlled conditions is prized, wild vines can smother native trees and degrade plantation forests and in some cases become a...

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Fonterra’s Full-Year Profit Has Dropped By $60 Million

Fonterra’s full-year profit has dropped by $60 million. Admittedly the previous year’s earnings were inflated by one-off asset sales, such as overseas farms and nutrition business Foodspring. Profit fell to $599 million in the year to the end of July, from $659m the...

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Numbers Of Pests And Game Animals Are Rapidly Increasing

Numbers of pests and game animals are rapidly increasing in parts of the country. Successive mild seasons, reduced hunter pressure and growing resistance to the Calici Virus is leading to increased numbers of deer, goats, wallabies and rabbits in many areas. The Otago...

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Another Rise In The Global Dairy Auction

Another rise in the Global Dairy Auction with a 1% lift in the overall index to sit at $4,011US dollars which is 29 per cent higher than at the same time last year.… The all important Whole Milk Powder climbed 2.2%....the second lift in a row after eight auctions with...

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Primary Sector Is Crying Out For Workers

The Primary sector is crying out for workers and the impact on various sectors is being revealed. For the first time in living memory vineyards have not managed to get through their winter pruning which will impact the harvest in the Summer. Ag Minister Damien...

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Supply Chain Has Been Disrupted By The Pandemic

Last weeks ferocious winds in Mid Canterbury caused significant damage to some irrigation apparatus and now farmers are struggling to get parts to repair the machines as the supply chain has been disrupted by the Pandemic. Rainer Irrigation CEO Lucas Cawte says for...

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