New Zealand

Kiwi sheep gives birth to quadruplet lambs

Kiwi sheep gives birth to quadruplet lambs

A two-year old Southdown ewe in New Zealand has given birth to healthy quadruplet lambs – a rarity in the...

August 28, 2015

New Zealand (not Ireland) worst hit by dairy downturn – Rabobank

New Zealand (not Ireland) worst hit by dairy downturn – Rabobank

A new report by Rabobank says a combination of factors have conspired to see New Zealand prices hit far harder...

August 21, 2015

Kiwi dairy farmers’ debt has trebled in 10 years

Kiwi dairy farmers’ debt has trebled in 10 years

The dairy debt of New Zealand’s farmers has trebled in the past 10 years to NZ$34.5 billion as farmers go...

August 18, 2015

No government dig out for struggling Kiwi dairy farmers

No government dig out for struggling Kiwi dairy farmers

Dairy farmers in New Zealand will not be offered special financial support from the New Zealand government, despite facing significant...

August 13, 2015

9 out of 10 Kiwi dairy farmers to take on extra debt this year

9 out of 10 Kiwi dairy farmers to take on extra debt this year

Fonterra’s announcement that its 2015-16 Forecast Farmgate Milk Price is reducing from $5.25 to $3.85 means a further reduction of $150,000...

August 10, 2015

New Zealand lamb exports increase in June (down in H1)

New Zealand lamb exports increase in June (down in H1)

Kiwi lamb exports in June increased year-on-year for the first time in 2015, AHDB, the organisation for the English beef...

August 5, 2015

Fonterra fined €115,000 after causing a local stink

Fonterra fined €115,000 after causing a local stink

Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, has been fined NZ$192,000 (€115,000) after it discharged buttermilk in a South Taranaki treatment pond...

August 4, 2015

Kiwi dairy farmers told to cut ‘unprofitable production’

Kiwi dairy farmers told to cut ‘unprofitable production’

With the continued decline in milk price, DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle has called on dairy farmers to cut unprofitable...

July 31, 2015

Fonterra chief says milk prices to improve in second half of year

Fonterra chief says milk prices to improve in second half of year

Milk prices should improve in the second half of the year, according to Fonterra Chief Executive, Theo Spierings. He told the...

July 30, 2015

‘New Zealand will not need animal antibiotics by 2030’

‘New Zealand will not need animal antibiotics by 2030’

By 2030 New Zealand will not need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness, New Zealand Veterinary Association...

July 30, 2015

Video: Watch one Kiwi farmer fly to work on his farm

Video: Watch one Kiwi farmer fly to work on his farm

New Zealand farmer Harry Meijer has a unique way of going to work; he uses a zipline to go from...

July 29, 2015

New Zealand dairy cull up 21% – strong beef price and low milk price to blame

New Zealand dairy cull up 21% – strong beef price and low milk price to blame

New Zealand dairy cull cow numbers have increased as farmers take advantage of higher beef prices. The cull cow kill...

July 13, 2015

New Zealand dairy commodities fall in Chinese stock exchange aftershock

New Zealand dairy commodities fall in Chinese stock exchange aftershock

New Zealand dairy markets and commodities have been hardest hit by the uncertainty facing the Chinese stock exchange, according to...

July 12, 2015

GDT analysis: Weak Chinese demand continues to weigh on dairy trade

GDT analysis: Weak Chinese demand continues to weigh on dairy trade

New Zealand bank ASB has cut its 2015/2016 milk price forecast to $5.00/kg after the Global Dairy Trade tumbled for...

July 2, 2015

How one dairy farmer milks 90 cows but owns no land

How one dairy farmer milks 90 cows but owns no land

Noel McCall is a dairy farmer with a difference; he’s milking 90 cows but he owns none of the land...

June 30, 2015

Number of farmers taking guaranteed milk price from Fonterra doubles

Number of farmers taking guaranteed milk price from Fonterra doubles

Fonterra has set its June Guaranteed Milk Price (GMP) at $5.25/kgMS; the same price as the opening 2015/16 forecast Farmgate Milk...

June 26, 2015

Slowdown in Kiwi dairy output growth forecast

Slowdown in Kiwi dairy output growth forecast

A report released by the New Zealand Department of Primary Industries was published last week, and has forecast a short...

June 15, 2015

‘High dairy production levels in New Zealand will take time to be absorbed’

‘High dairy production levels in New Zealand will take time to be absorbed’

Dairy prices in New Zealand are expected to remain weak for the coming months, before beginning to ‘recover in earnest’...

June 6, 2015