Rural round-up

Central Plains water scheme nearly there – Chris Hutching:

The Central Plains Water scheme has obtained all necessary agreements with Environment Court appellants.

The appellants, mainly farmers seeking realignment of canal structures, have withdrawn, a (© Copyright Protected – The National Business Review 80) company representative told NBR.

Central Plains will lodge the consents when Christchurch City Council has signed its appeal agreement. . .

Synlait $70 million capital raising deal fails – Annette Scott:

Synlait Ltd has failed in its bid to sell up to 70% of its holding in Synlait Farms.

An eleventh hour collapse of an expected settlement has disappointed the board that was on track for a “done deal” with its capital raising this week.

The New Zealand Farmers Weekly understands the near 5000 hectares of prime, irrigated Canterbury dairy farmland was set to be sold to an offshore buyer.

The future of dairy farming comes to Tasmania Anne Boswell:

A dairy farm in northern Tasmania is revolutionising the role of the traditional dairy farmer by having installed the world’s first commercial robotic rotary dairy.

Gala Farms, operated by the Dornauf family, installed the De Laval-developed Automated Milking Rotary system in February this year and haven’t looked back.

The new milking system was developed in collaboration with the Sydney-based FutureDairy team. . .

Call for rual and urban NZ to reconnect:

Professor Jacqueline Rowarth of Waikato University says urban and rural New Zealand need to reconnect with each other better?

New Zealand is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with more than 86% of people now living in town.

Professor Rowarth says while most people no longer have a connection with the land, research suggests the majority of urban people know of the importance of the rural sector to the country’s economy.

She says the opposite can’t be said about rural people, with only a minority giving the same credence to the urban sector.

Professor Rowarth says it’s important that both understand each other. .

 

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