Rural round-up

World dairy prices and New Zealand droughts – Jim Rose:

Here is an image from the recent Westpac Economic Overview. As New Zealand is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products any disruption in the supply from New Zealand can impact on the global dairy prices.

The last few droughts saw world dairy prices increase considerably as milk supply from the rest of the world was unable to adjust to market conditions.

However supply capacity in the US and the EU has increased and with Russia’s import ban there is a much greater supply on the global market. Nevertheless, this doesn’t disprove the possibility that prices rise when supply falls short. The overall signs are that supply and demand are coming into line as Chinese buyers run down stocks.

The drought in New Zealand will further boost prices from current low levels. Westpac expect the milk price to rise to $6.40/kg for the next season. Below is a useful video…

ANZCO’s profit disclosed in Itoham’s statement – Allan Barber:

Japanese food company Itoham Foods announced last week an increase in its shareholding in New Zealand meat processor and exporter ANZCO Foods from 48.28% to 65%. As a result of the transaction it will be able to consolidate ANZCO’s revenues and earnings into its annual accounts.

 $40 million worth of shares are being bought from three entities: another leading Japanese food manufacturer Nippon Suisan Kaisha, chairman Graeme Harrison, and JANZ Investments, owned by Graeme Harrison and ANZCO staff members. The sale will see the minority shareholders reducing their shareholdings on a pro rata basis with Harrison’s effective holding falling from approximately 20% to 14%. . .

BOP Dairy Awards Boosts Careers:

Entering the Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards has helped the region’s 2015 Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year, Grant and Karley Thomson, secure a new position beginning in June.

The couple were the major winners at the 2015 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards held at the Awakeri Events Centre in Whakatane last night. The other big winners were Jodie Mexted, the Bay of Plenty Farm Manager of the Year, and Jeff White, the region’s Dairy Trainee of the Year.

The Thomsons, who won $10,100 in prizes, are currently 50% sharemilking (with a silent partner) 420 cows for Tom and Tony Trafford at Opotiki. . .


New Zealand King Salmon Success to Feature at Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium:

Aquaculture business, New Zealand King Salmon, will feature as one of the success stories at the second Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium this month.

New Zealand King Salmon successfully launched Ōra King premium salmon in 2012 to the international foodservice market.

The farmed salmon is now on fine dining menus around the globe.

The Queenstown Agribusiness Symposium attracts senior staff, managers and leaders from throughout Asia Pacific horticulture, agriculture, seafood and biotech industries to help them develop new ways to problem solve and grow their business. . .

Prime Minister John Key Visits Manuka Health’s New State of the Art Honey Facility:

New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has been given a tour of Manuka Health’s brand new multi-million dollar, purpose-built honey processing and distribution centre on a recent visit to Te Awamutu in the Waikato.

Mr Key was shown through the premises by Manuka Health CEO and founder, Kerry Paul. It is now the largest customised honey facility in New Zealand and combines internationally accredited laboratories, honey-drum storage, blending, packing and distribution under one roof.

Mr Paul, says it was a huge honour to have the Rt Hon John Key visit the new centre. . .

Tasman Young Farmers to be put to the test in ANZ Young Farmer Contest Regional Final:

The third ANZ Young Farmer Contest Grand Finalist will be determined next weekend, Saturday 14 March at the Tasman Regional Final held in Kirwee.

“This contest season is shaping up to be very exciting, every year the calibre of contestants continues to improve and impress,” says Terry Copeland, Chief Executive of New Zealand Young Farmers – organisers of the event.

The eight finalists are contending for a spot at the Grand Final in Taupo 2 – 4 July and their share of an impressive prize pack worth over $271,000 in products, services and scholarships from ANZ, FMG, Lincoln University, Silver Fern Farms, AGMARDT, Ravensdown, Honda, Husqvarna and Vodafone. . .


17 Responses to Rural round-up

  1. robertguyton says:

    Question: what makes the flesh of farmed salmon, pink?


  2. robertguyton says:

    Another question: farmed salmon are fed genetically-modified soy every where else in the world – how about New Zealand?
    Bet they are.


  3. Paranormal says:

    From memory NZ farmed salmon are fed whats left of chickens then there’s this: “New Zealand farmed salmon consume a diet of food pellets specially blended for King Salmon with fishmeal and fish oil, with some producers also incorporating plant proteins and oils and by-products from the poultry and meat industries, from animals raised for human consumption.”


  4. robertguyton says:

    Good research, Paranormal. Were you able to find the name of the dye that’s added to the feed to turn the flesh of the salmon pink? And were you interested to learn of that chemical’s potential threat to human health?
    “some producers also incorporating plant proteins” – curious! They didn’t state that the “plant proteins” were non-ge. Given that it’s a concern amongst consumers world-wide, they seem to have forgotten to add their disclaimer.


  5. Gravedodger. says:

    I wish to have it explained why seemingly normal people become pink inside and green skinned and become melons afflicted with Key derangement syndrome.

    I wonder what it would take for a vaccine protester to change tack and become an advocate, maybe when some virus threatens them?

    For three in a row and a shot at a bag why do green party shills with their own blogs sans any reasoned debate with those who challenge their world view come here and look for relevance, maybe because the blue tint attracts a wider audience?


  6. robertguyton says:

    Can anyone decipher Gravedodger’s deranged mumblings?


  7. TraceyS says:

    The additive is called Astaxanthin.


  8. TraceyS says:

    Are you sure that the variety used in New Zealand comes from genetically engineered sources, rather than natural, Robert?

    Astaxanthin is also used to give egg yolks a deeper yellow colour.


  9. robertguyton says:

    Salmon flesh and egg yolks in the natural world don’t require Astaxanthin for their healthy coloration, am I right, Tracey?
    Am I sure about ge-feed-for-salmon, Tracey? I spoke personally with the man from MPI and asked him point-blank.
    Astaxanthin, Astaxanthin…rings a bell…


  10. robertguyton says:

    “To date, synthetic Astaxanthin has not been approved for human consumption in food or supplements.


    Synthetic Astaxanthin is approved as an additive to fish feed for coloring purposes (pinkness). The European Commission categorizes synthetic Astaxanthin as a ‘food dye’. Additionally, when compared to synthetic Astaxanthin, salmon and shrimp fed with Natural Astaxanthin showed: 1. Greater growth rates. 2. Greater tolerance to stress levels. (Immunity) 3. Displayed a lower oxygen consumption rate. (OCR).”


  11. TraceyS says:

    So natural astaxanthin might have some better qualities than the synthetic form. This doesn’t mean that synthetic astaxanthin is genetically engineered. If you are saying that synthetic astaxanthin is GE (it’s hard to tell given your odd communication style) where is your reference for that?


  12. TraceyS says:

    “The FEEDAP Panel considers synthetic astaxanthin safe for salmonids up to 100 mg/kg complete diet.

    “The use of astaxanthin up to the maximum permitted dietary level for salmon and trout is of no concern for the safety of the consumer.”

    Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of synthetic astaxanthin as feed additive for salmon and trout, other fish, ornamental fish, crustaceans and ornamental birds.</b
    EFSA Journal 2014; 12(6): 3724 [35 pp.].

    Click to access 3724.pdf

    Your quote at 3:02pm, Robert, is old (2011). Not immediately obvious because you failed to provide any reference.


  13. robertguyton says:

    “given your odd communication style”

    How unkind. I don’t, despite the slight, mean to confuse you, Tracey, so I’ll not.


  14. TraceyS says:

    Robert, have a look at your comment at 2:20pm and you will better understand what a “slight” looks like.

    If you don’t like a comment; simply ignore it. You don’t need to bite every time. In fact, you would be better to spend time brushing up on your research skills than gnashing back every time someone gives a bit of cheek.


  15. robertguyton says:

    “If you don’t like a comment; simply ignore it.”
    Btw – “This doesn’t mean that synthetic astaxanthin is genetically engineered. If you are saying that synthetic astaxanthin is GE…”
    You what? Where did you conjure that idea from, Tracey?
    Fairy Land?


  16. RBG says:

    So TraceyS I guess you are still researching your answers to my questions about how to justify 165 million of hard earned taxpayer dollars being paid to big CO2 emitters. Or why $1 billion a year is given to the richest 10%? You wouldn’t be farting about or ignoring my questions would you? You nag Robert Guyton when he doesn’t answer yours.


  17. robertguyton says:

    Nag? Tracey?



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