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Fonterra the big cheese in Korea

Fonterra's South Island general manager Tim Keir and Clandeboye's site manager Steve Mcknight about to tuck into some ...

Koreans' taste for pizza is growing, to the benefit of Fonterra.

Heavier lambs dip in value

Particularly heavy lambs decreased in value in a large yarding.

Heavy lambs retreat to $100-$108, but ewes prices make a big gain at Christchurch sales

Prime ewe prices reach $132

The prime ewe market remained positive for farmers.

The best ewes climbed to $132 as the market remained unchanged at Coalgate livestock sales.

Silver Fern Farms big loss

Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett.

As expected, Silver Fern Farms has posted a poor earnings result for the year, with after- tax loss of $30.6m.

Slow start to wool selling year

The wool market is waiting for a good lift.

Wool prices have yet to come out of their slump.

Sluggish start to velvet season

About 60 per cent of New Zealand's velvet is sold to Korea, and 30 per cent to China.

The velvet season is off to a sluggish start with sales volumes lower than usual for this time of the year.

Beef prices to fall marginally

Beef has been a success story for the last two years and while prices might decline slightly, the fall will not be dramatic.

Beef prices will continue to be relatively buoyant next year, but increased production will put pressure on.

Last hammer falls for Tinwald saleyard

PGG Wrightson livestock auctioneer John Farrell takes bids at the final sale at the Tinwald saleyards

It was a nostalgic day for farmers and stock agents when the Tinwald stock saleyards hosted its final auction on Tuesday.

Demand up for small store lambs

The prime lamb market was back slightly.

Small store lambs were in demand, but prime lamb prices eased.

Sold out - 3610 lambs on two farms

PGG Wrightson livestock auctioneer Greg Cook looks for bids at the Amberside Farm in Mayfield on-farm lamb sale.

A total of 3610 lambs went under the hammer and all were sold.

NZ merino outperforms expectations

The merino clip has been almost cleaned out by a rising market.

Confounding expectations, merino wool continued its market climb, thanks to demand for non-mulesing wool.

Top prime ewes reach $136

Prime ewes sold for as much as $136 at Christchurch sales.

Prime ewes sold for as much as $136 at Christchurch sales.

Prices up in large ewe sale

Ewe demand has been rising steadily the past few weeks.

Prices lifted $5 a head in the biggest ewe yarding of the season at Coalgate.

NZ-China meat deal completed

Farmer and agribusiness leader Sam Robinson has been appointed by Shanghai Maling as a resident director.

Silver Fern Farm and Shanghai Maling sign joint $267m investment deal earlier than expected.

Strong wool down, fine fleece up

Crossbred wool prices are on a bumpy ride.

Frustrated sheep farmers are watching crossbred wool prices drop further.

Ewe prices up $5-$7

Prime ewes were in demand at Coalgate.

The ewe market lifted at the Coalgate sale.

Quake wool does well in Oz

Muller Station had a good run at the Melbourne merino sale.

Earthquake blocked Muller Station led the hogget wool section in the Melbourne sale.

A love of horses

Kamada Park horse stud owner Kevin Pratt,  leading Phillip.

Kamada Park takes in horses, breaks some in and breeds a few.

Commerce Commission: 'You are wrong'

A joint letter from editors says they'd held out hope that the Commerce Commission would support local journalism.

We, a group of more than 30 New Zealand editors, are writing to say, with respect, you are wrong.

Ewes in demand to control grass

Ewe prices caught the eye at livestock sales.

Farmers were prepared to pay more for ewes at Coalgate sales to control spring grass growth.

Ewe prices reach $133

The best prime lambs made $122-$130.

The prime ewe market lifted with ewes making an extra $3-$5 at Christchurch.

Lighter lambs tail off in price

Lighter lambs eased in price.

Stock values were mostly unchanged except for lighter lamb prices at Coalgate sales.

Avocados hold for Thai mourning

An in-store avocado demonstration in Thailand.

NZ exports take a back seat after the death of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Interest picks up for spring lambs

Top prime lambs reached $135.

Top spring lambs made $135 at livestock sales at Coalgate.

Pity those US farmers

Unlike California where water problems are mounting, New Zealand is gifted with water.

Pita Alexander looks at the good, bad and politically ugly of US farming.

Prime lambs peak at $132

The prime lamb market reached as high as $132 a head for top lambs.

The best of the lamb pens reached $132 a head at Christchurch sales.

More new season lambs

Spring lambs had the better of last season's lamb prices at Coalgate.

Last season's lambs took a knock in price as more spring lambs came into the Coalgate yards.

NZ-EU free trade possible

It has taken eight years to thrash out a free trade deal between the EU and Canada, but it still faces opposition and ...

"If the EU can't do a free trade agreement with NZ, it can't do one with anyone."

Wool prices bottom out

Months of falling wool prices have levelled off in Christchurch.

Months of tapering crossbred wool prices have levelled off in Christchurch.

Prime lamb and ewe prices dip

Prices were back $1 to $3 a head for the prime lamb and ewe markets at Christchurch.

Prices were back $1 to $3 a head for both the prime lamb and ewe markets at Christchurch.

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