The Hound understands that Mike Petersen’s time as NZ agriculture’s special trade envoy will soon end.
New Zealand milk production has stayed stronger for longer than anticipated, matching the exceptional prior-year comparables will become more difficult beyond Christmas, says Rabobank's quarterly report.
Food prices fell 0.8% in the November month as vegetable prices continued to fall, Statistics New Zealand says.
Dairy export volumes rose 32% but prices were down 13% in the September 2012 quarter, says Statistics New Zealand.
The slightly easier New Zealand dollar and increased international demand combined to improve most wool prices this week, New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd's marketing manager, Paul Steel reports.
Compared to last week's North Island auction on the May 17 the weaker New Zealand dollar and restricted supplies, coupled with renewed overseas buying, combined to lift prices for the 7885 bales of South Island wool on offer this week, New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd's general manager, John Dawson advises.