Raiders butcher prized beef – Andrea Fox:
Cattle butchers have struck a beef breeding farm near Whakatane, slaughtering two valuable in-calf cows and forcing the destruction of two others because of gunshot wounds.
Residents of Herepuru Rd about 5km from Matata and 35km from Whakatane are meeting to discuss installing a security camera in the road after the incident last week, in which the cows, among 113 in a paddock near the roadside, were gunned down with a .22 rifle.
Farmer Chrissy Weeks hoped police were following good leads after a woman neighbour in the road on the way to work early last Wednesday morning confronted three men loading up a dark-coloured, late model sedan. . .
The tech revolution and the farm ute – Andrew Hoggard:
In the near future when you talk to a farmer about their dashboard and what they have on it, they won’t respond by telling you “a speedo and a fuel gauge you idiot”.
Instead they may well talk about their daily production summary, weather forecast, water pressure monitoring, fence power status, vat refrigeration temperature, and many other things.
Now you may be wondering why you would want this sort of information on the dashboard of your tractor or ute. But it’s not a vehicle dashboard we are talking about, but a farm dashboard. . .
Prudent farm purchasers have ”carefully assessed” the reduced milk price forecast and the high New Zealand dollar, Real Estate Institute of New Zealand rural spokesman Brian Peacocke says.
Drought conditions had also had a negative impact on some South Island regions, Mr Peacocke said.
Data released by REINZ showed there were 47 fewer farm sales for the three months ended March than for the corresponding period last year. . .
Commodity index down, but wool does well – Dean Mackenzie:
The ASB New Zealand commodity index fell last week but lamb, beef and wool prices all posted rises close to 2% in United States dollar terms.
The index fell 0.8% in New Zealand dollar terms, dragged down by a 1.9% appreciation in the dollar against the US currency. In contrast, the index rose 1.1% in US dollar terms, ASB rural economist Nathan Penny said. . .
Hobby beekeeping takes off – Narelle Henson:
New Zealand is abuzz with enthusiasm over the humble bee, as hundreds of people a year sign up to hobby beekeeping.
John Hartnell, chairman of the Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group, said the last three years had seen numbers across the country explode.
“We’ve got over 600 new beekeepers a year coming in. This year will probably be even greater than that.
“We have an expectation that probably, come Christmas time, we might have 6000 beekeepers in the country and we might be heading towards 600,000 hives.” . . .
Horticultural production tops $7B, led by wine and apples – Fiona Rotherham:
Horticultural production has topped $7 billion for the first time, with good growth in nearly all the main industries, including wine, apples, potatoes, and onions.
The latest edition of the industry publication Fresh Facts shows in the year to June 30 2014 the horticultural industry was calculated to reach $7.16 billion in production, up from $6.7 billion the year before.
Exports rose by $300 million to $3.9 billion, an increase of nearly 7 percent on the previous year. . .