BNZ’s 2020/21 season average lamb price forecast of $6.60/kg sits close to the past five-year average.

While lamb prices are starting the new season at around 16% below last year’s levels, they are not outright weak, according to the BNZ.

The meat industry is warning that processing and exporting jobs are in jeopardy unless specialist migrants are allowed to remain in the country.

Nearly half of our country’s meat exports are at risk unless there is urgent action by government to allow migrant workers to stay in New Zealand.

 
Helicopters with monsoon buckets attack the big Lake Ohau fire. Photo: Ned Dawson/FENZ.

Federated Farmers is hoping for changes to the Department of Conservation's (DoC) high country grazing rules in the aftermath of two recent big wildfires in the Mackenzie Basin.

 
Minister of Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta and Ngai Tukairangi Trust chair Ratahi Cross at the official opening of the facility.

A new state of the art accommodation facility for RSE or temporary overseas workers at a large Māori kiwifruit orchard in the Bay of Plenty has been opened by the Minister of Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta.

Growers are warning consumers to brace for significant price increases for vegetables.

Fruit and vegetable growers are warning their produce will be left unpicked and rotting in the fields unless the Government approves urgent visas for overseas workers.

Hundreds of farmers, business people and others from the wider Southland community gathered in Gore and Invercargill earlier this month to express concerns about the impacts of the new freshwater regulations.

Southland Federated Farmers vice president Bernadette Hunt says she finds it “interesting” that Environment Minister David Parker continues to downplay the feedback on the Government’s freshwater regulations.

BNZ senior economist Doug Steel.

The forecast milk payout for this season has gone up by 40c and Fonterra farmers can thank Chinese consumers.

Allied Farmers is forking out $2.5 million for a new scheme under which rural land will be bought and then leased to successful farm operators.

The first batch of overseas drivers for local agricultural contracting work is expected in the country next week, says Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) chief executive Roger Parton.

Self-proclaimed ‘political operative’ Simon Lusk is taking the Alliance Group to court in a bid to force the meat company to pay back the wage subsidy it claimed during the Covid lockdown earlier in the year.

Farmer-owned cooperative Alliance Group says it has already returned $17 million of the $34.3 million it claimed from the Covid-19 wage subsidy.

Farmer Jane Smith claims that farmers find comments from David Parker, Damien O’Connor and the Green Party’s James Shaw nauseating.

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