The 2021 Central Plateau winners.

The 33 finalists representing 11 regions in the 2021 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards have been found.

 
RaboResearch anticipates NZ milk collection for the 2020/21 season will land between 1% to 1.5% higher than the prior period.

Dairy

Milk flow strength is a result of welcome rainfall in the middle of March, in combination with weak production comparables for last year.

Tunapahore B2A Incorporation chairman Jack Mihaere was delighted with the large turnout that came along to their field day last week.

About 200 people came along for a field day last week at Tunapahore B2A Incorporation, located at Torere - about a 30 minute drive from Opotiki. This was the last of the field days held by the finalists in this year's Ahuwhenua Trophy for dairy. Peter Burke reports...

 
(Left to right) Alan Pollard, Paul Paynter, Bruce Mackay, Bruce Mitchell, John Bostock, Craig Hickson, and Harry Masterson are pleading with the Government to develop a plan to allow more Pacific Islander workers in next year.

Horticultural exporters, growers, food companies and industry leaders are pleading for the Government to make a plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year.

China remains the biggest market for NZ sheepmeat. Photo Credit: Kieran Scott.

The country's red meat sector exports continued to hold up during February reaching $906.7 million, analysis from the Meat Industry Association (MIA) shows.

Many parts of the east coast of the North Island are in a crisis state with a severe autumn drought.

Many parts of the east coast of the North Island - especially from Wairoa down to Central Hawke's Bay - are in a crisis state with a severe autumn drought. Peter Burke drove through the area last week and reports that streams and springs are drying up and sheep in some places are struggling to find anything green.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor fronting at a media conference last week to announce the Government's impending ban on live animal exports.

Concerns about the threat posed to New Zealand's trading reputation by live animal exports from this country have led to a move to shut down the trade.

Dealing with climate change and population growth have been singled out as two key factors that will determine land use in New Zealand.

Government moves to end New Zealand's live export trade will shut down a $500 million-a-year business - as well as diminish farmers' selling options and profitability.

Felton Road Wines is restoring native plantings on public land near its Bannockburn estate, with Winemaker Blair Walter hopeful other businesses will get on board.

Delving into organics and regenerative agriculture has renewed Kurt Robinson’s passion for viticulture.

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