Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

Work will start immediately to improve New Zealand’s animal tracing system, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor.

Gypsy Day warning

The large number of farms affected by Mycoplasma bovis has prompted the Ministry for Primary Industries to issue a warning to dairy farmers, and in particular sharemilkers planning to move stock on Gypsy Day – June 1.

Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri. 

An all-day hui, to discuss the priorities of the country’s animal welfare groups, has been called for next month by the Associate Minister of Agriculture the Meka Whaitiri. 

Kiwifruit is in a “perfect storm” this year with a larger harvest and fewer backpacker and international student seasonal workers, says New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI) chief executive Nikki Johnson.

Environment minister David Parker says he strongly favours enforcing nitrogen leaching limits in some catchments. 

Branding created by the NZ meat industry and Beef + Lamb NZ will be available for use on products marketed by NZ companies in the NZ Farm Assurance Programme or that have their own ISO-approved standard.

Imposing changes on farming without considering wider issues such as economic and community impacts could cause unforeseen problems out ahead, says Robyn Dynes, science impact leader, AgResearch.

There is no good reason why New Zealand should not get a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), says Trade Minister David Parker.

Farming has turned a corner on water quality but must accept limits on how it operates, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.


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