Zespri chair Peter McBride.

Zespri's results are positive for everybody -- Gold, Green or organic growers and Zespri shareholders -- but you should never become complacent, says chairman Peter McBride.

Wool event should be a fixture – RWNZ

Organisers of Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion event want to grow the revamped historic show and use it to promote wool’s many attributes, says committee member Anne Pullar.

 
Peter Nation.

As the New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays gets underway this week the chief executive of the organisation running it says there is optimism in the dairy sector.

 
 
Lincoln Agritech group manager environmental research, Blair Miller, holds a prototype of Agritech’s real-time optical nitrate sensor beside the sampling bores at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm that have been used in the device’s development.

Lincoln Agritech has unveiled an advanced optical nitrate sensor for groundwater which it says will bring a paradigm shift in New Zealand’s groundwater management.

Emma Higgins, Rabobank.

New Zealand dairy farmers can look forward to a good season in 2017-18, after having enjoyed the fruits of improved commodity prices much earlier than their global counterparts.

Farmers who resent the attention of WorkSafe inspectors in their workplaces should remember that more people still die on NZ farms each year than are prosecuted for safety breaches.

Dairy farmer Peter Gilbert is the new president of the Canterbury A&P Association for 2017. He was elected at the annual meeting, replacing Warrick James.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming new figures forecasting that primary exports will reach $37.5 billion for the year ending June 2017.

2017 has begun on a positive note for the country’s farmers with rural confidence levels edging up, primarily driven by signs of renewed optimism among horticulturalists and sheep and beef producers.

Research at the universities of Otago and Auckland is aimed at developing and field testing new teat sanitising products within two-three years, to control bovine mastitis.

 

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