DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel.

DairyNZ is calling on the Government to respond to an advisory group’s recommendations to improve winter grazing rules.

 
PGW chief executive Stephen Guerin says its rural supplies business had seen solid growth across most categories.

Rural services company PGG Wrightson’s (PGW) net profit leapt 41% in the first half of the current financial year to $18m – up from $12.8m for the same time last year.

Butter producers who can provide authentic and traceable proof of very high grass and very low carbon will put themselves in pole position.

Beset by food fads and bad science, butter’s reputation is enjoying a sustained resurgence. Southern Pasture’s new senior vice president and general manager of post farmgate operations Tom Bailey explains why boutique butter is set to boom.

Rabobank estimates a rise in Chinese milk production for 2021.

NZ agriculture is set for what looks likely to be a generally profitable season in 2020/21, with most sectors seeing average to above-average pricing, manageable cost inflation, and production holding up well.

Live to Will co-founder Elle Perriam is one of the star guest speakers at the fast-approaching 2021 East Coast Farming Expo in Wairoa. Photo Supplied.

The 2021 East Coast Farming Expo is a two-day mid-week gathering for sheep and beef producers with a focus on farming smarter. It’s held annually at the Wairoa A&P Showgrounds and includes exhibits, outdoor demonstrations and seminars. It’s a chance for farmers to talk one-one-one with industry innovators and leaders and has become a key go-to for the region’s farmers, as well as attracting some from further afield.

Designed by Dutch firm Handkamp, the Cow Toilet collects 15 to 20 litres of urine produced daily by a typically housed European cow.

While we are used to hearing about the latest hi-tech tractors or machines winning medals for technical innovation, it seems that in the livestock sector, designers and manufacturers are also taking awards, often for developing solutions for more basic problems.

“Without a facilitator, we would just have done that farmer thing and sat round, shuffled our feet and waited for someone else to say something,” says Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Group member Reece Cleland.

Former Agriculture Minister and Banks Peninsula farmer David Carter has been elected to the board of rural trader, Ruralco.

New Zealand's red meat sector exports to the United States grew by 50% during the three months from July to September this year compared to a year earlier.

Following its announcement earlier this year of quitting synthetics and only using 100% NZ wool, carpet manufacturer Cavalier Bremworth has now also changed its name.

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