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Boost: A breakthrough in New Zealand's beef trade with China will almost treble it in the next
two years to $250 million.
Professor Colin Holmes.
Growth: Demand for goat milk formula is surging and milk growth is expected to grow at 15
to 20 per cent per year.
Once a day consideration
Once-a-day-milking is a viable option that
more dairy farmers should consider, said
Massey University emeritus professor
Colin Holmes. He said it cuts milking costs
and allows more farm and family time.
However, most farmers won't do it
because they believe performance will
suffer and, as a result, profitability. He
said some farmers have a lot of debt and
even a small loss of milk production might
make it unmanageable. Cow health was
far better under a once-a-day milking
Drought slashes incomes
The most severe drought in about 70 years
is expected to slash some farm incomes
by up to $300,000 a year and is likely to
leave some farmers making a loss for the
year. Federated Farmers president Bruce
Wills says the cost of the drought will be
about $2 billion. That would flow through
to lower spending in provincial towns on
things like fertiliser, plant and machinery
and maintenance, and eventually into the
main streets of the big cities.
Beef trade treble
A breakthrough in New Zealand's beef
trade with China will almost treble it in the
next two years to $250 million, Anzco
Foods chairman Sir Graeme Harrison
predicts. Harrison, a member of the prime
minister's trade delegation to China, has
returned excited about the future of the
trade. An increase in plants certified for
beef export to China would expand the
trade from this year's expected $90m to
$250m in 2015 ''and exponential growth
after that'', he said. Japanese-controlled
Anzco is the second biggest beef exporter
in New Zealand. It reported revenues of
more than $1.2 billion in the year to
September 2012 but posted an after-tax
loss of $19m, according to its latest report
filed with the Companies Office.
Turning around business
Dairy giant Fonterra has moved to give
some certainty to its organic milk suppliers
after turning around its loss-making
organic business. The farmer-owned co-
operative said it was renewing contracts
for some of its organic farmers in the
middle and lower-North Island, after
working over the past 18 months to return
the business to profit. Farmers supplying
organic milk in Waikato and Bay of Plenty
who have contracts expiring this financial
year, will have them renewed for another
three years while farmers in Manawatu,
Taranaki and Wairarapa with 2013
financial year contracts will get a renewal
for another two years. Northland suppliers
will not have their contracts renewed.
$67m dryer to be built
Fast-growing Waikato exporter Dairy Goat
Co-operative is to build a $67 million
second powder dryer as overseas and
local consumer demand for goat milk
formula surges. The new dryer and plant
will have four times the capacity of the
company's existing plant, built in 2003,
and will support the growth of its 20
markets, chief executive Dave Stanley
said. It will open in August next year. DGC
developed the world's first goat milk infant
formula in 1988 and is the leader in all its
markets. The new plant will be built on
DGC's 18-hectare site in Hamilton. Stanley
said milk supply was growing at 15-20 per
cent a year to meet demand.
Less money in pocket
A new survey shows farm workers are
earning annual pay of $46,000 -- $5500
more than the national average -- but they
may find their income lead chipped away
soon because of drought pressures.
Wages have continued to increase for
most farm employees, says the survey
released by Federated Farmers and
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