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

China Export Market

China is once again the export market for U.S. agricultural goods, according to the US Dept of Agriculture. U.S. farm exports to China are expected to hit a record $31.5 billion during President Joe Biden's first year in office which is $4.5 billion higher than the...

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Bovine Tuberculosis Outbreak

A Northern Hawke's Bay farmer caught up in a bovine tuberculosis outbreak says they're not getting the support they need to stay afloat. OSPRI, works to control the spread of the disease, mainly transmitted by possums and while it has been working to get the outbreak...

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Manuka Honey

The Liquid gold that is Manuka Honey has attracted the dark side with 64 hives owned by Bay Of Plenty's Golden Grove Apiaries having been stolen. The hives, bees, nucleus colonies and pallets were stolen from a Ruatoki site recently but the theft was only discovered a...

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Westpac Agri Economists

Westpac agri economists are saying 2021 is shaping up as a year when New Zealand agriculture cashes in on its earlier resilience. Prices across a range of sectors are firm and getting firmer, with dairy leading the charge helped along by the strength in export prices...

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Global Dairy Trade Auction

The seventh  positive Global Dairy Trade auction in a row has seen overall prices lift 3.4%, and over the past three-month period, overall prices have bounced up by nearly 23% - 16.4% higher than a year ago. Butter prices, are now up more than 52% on their 2020 low...

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Dairy Farm Workers

A change in status for some dairy farm workers which may help farmers find more long term staff. The roles of Assistant Farm Manager and Herd Manager have been upgraded and will now being recognised as skilled workers. Federated Farmers Employment Spokesperson Chris...

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New Zealand Top 10 Meat-Eating Nations

According to a 2016 study from the World Economic Forum, New Zealand was among the globe’s top 10 meat-eating nations. We were ranked the tenth-biggest consumer of meat per capita, at 67.5 kilograms per person, per year, comfortably ahead the United Kingdom, but...

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Kiwifruit Growers Claim

A $450 million dollar damages claim against the Government by kiwi fruit growers over PSA, has been abandoned after a $40 million settlement offer from the Crown. It’s been a long haul going back as 12 years when MPIs predecessor MAF allowed pollen to be imported into...

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Merino vs Allbirds

Competing Merino clothing companies Allbirds and Icebreaker are joining forces with US apparel company Smartwool, to promote the use of climate-friendly wool by sourcing merino from a 100 per cent regenerative wool platform. The New Zealand Merino Company has 167 New...

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