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

New Zealand’s Organic Sector

New Zealand’s organic sector is now a $720 million industry and growing steadily, with domestic and global demand for organics boosting the sector's value by 20 per cent in the three years to 2020. Organics Aotearoa New Zealand says the industry is now worth an...

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Update On Livestock Exports By Sea

The decision to phase out livestock exports by sea has been met with despair by some in the agricultural industry with fears that the ban will result in job losses, diminished trade figures and even a  souring of trade relations with China. But Agriculture Minister...

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Australian Manuka Honey Producers

Australian Manuka Honey producers say they are not going to back down and will continue to use the Manuka name on their products. Chair of the Australian Manuka Honey Association Paul Callandar says using the term Australian Manuka and NZ Manuka should be enough to...

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The Export Of Livestock By Sea To Be Ceased

The export of livestock by sea will cease completely in two years. The rumours proved correct and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said that the heart of the decision is upholding New Zealand’s animal welfare standards. The Minister says Live exports by sea...

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The Horizons Regional Council

The Horizons Regional Council has adopted recommendations of the Independent Hearing Panel for Proposed Plan Change 2. The decision to endorse the Panel’s recommendations will effectively open the door to farmers shut out from gaining consent and provide a pathway for...

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Dry weather Affecting East Coast Farmers

Dry weather is starting to impact East Coast farmers from Canterbury through to Hawkes Bay. NIWA's drought index shows Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Banks Peninsula are very dry and the forecast isn't looking very optimistic. Some farmers haven’t seen decent rain for...

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Leon Samuels​ And The Golden Shears

A couple of weeks ago Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels​ had to sit back and watch as the Golden Shears was cancelled due to Covid… He was in hot form leading into the competition could have been the first South Islander in three decades to take out the Golden Shears...

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Synlait Milk Chief Executive Has Resigned

Synlait Milk chief executive Leon Clement has resigned. He will leave the dairy manufacturer at the end of this month and former chief executive and co-founder John Penno will fill the position until a replacement is found. Leon Clement joined the company in September...

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2021 Fonterra Dairy Woman Of The Year

Whanganui sharemilker Belinda Price is the 2021 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year. Dairy Women’s Network Trustee Sophie Stanley, who headed the judging panel, the three finalists were all impressive with a different approach to how they lead and create positive impact...

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