Dairy prices dip

The second Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction of the new season saw a slight drop in dairy prices.

 
Richard and Elina Ussher.

Two athletes toughened in the world’s top sporting events will share their survival tips with farmers at this year’s South Island Dairy Event (SIDE).

Ian Taylor.

Dunedin computer graphics pioneer Ian Taylor won’t have to travel far to give his take on how innovation, technology and teamwork can change the world and the dairy sector.

Robyn Williams.

Twenty years ago the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) launched its forum for farmers to gain and apply the knowledge, skills and technology needed to improve their business. SIDE chairwoman Robyn Williams spoke about this year’s event.

A still from Greenpeace drone footage showing the main irrigation pipeline.

After fifteen years of planning and red tape, a controversial large dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Basin is expected to be up and running next season, despite environmentalists’ ongoing opposition.

Federated Farmers contracts are being updated to include provisions for sharemilkers and sharemilker farm owners to develop a farm biosecurity plan.

The man heading MPI’s response to Mycoplasma bovis says more decisions will now be made at a local level rather than referring every matter back to MPI in Wellington.

Would price declines at last week’s Global Dairy Trade auction have been bigger had there not been a downside risk to future NZ production from Mycoplasma bovis and the plan to eradicate it, wonders BNZ senior economist Doug Steel.

Greenpeace's sustainable agriculture campaigner Gen Toop says even dairy farmers are supporting their campaign against further intensification of dairying.

Heavily indebted farmers may be under pressure from their banks to sell up on the rising farm market to get out of their debt.

 

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