Rural round-up

Climate change: Call to recognise farmers’ efforts – Anders Crofoot:

The Paris climate change meeting represents an opportunity for the world to agree the terms for the next global effort to reduce emissions.

Negotiations have continued for a number of years and, with the Kyoto Protocol having effectively lapsed at the end of 2012, farmers are hopeful of an agreement which better recognises the services we provide civil society.

For better or worse, the Kyoto Protocol bundled biological emissions from food production together with fossil fuel emissions from industry, energy and transport. With agricultural emissions representing a relatively minor proportion of national emissions among most countries, the focus naturally remains on other sources. . . 

Season has contrasting impact on Silver Fern Farms and Alliance – Allan Barber:

The two biggest meat processors had contrasting experiences during the 2015 season to judge by their annual results and accompanying comments. There is no doubt Silver Fern Farms found life easier than Alliance, with respect to the year in question. SFF must also have heaved an enormous sigh of relief after its improvement from the previous three years.

The bare facts of the differing results are NPAT of $24.9 million and dramatically reduced debt for SFF and $4.6 million NPAT for Alliance accompanied by a marginal reduction in equity ratio. Alliance’s performance was slightly worse than 2014, disappointing as chairman Murray Taggart agreed, whereas SFF’s result was a massive improvement on the previous year. Neither result represented a satisfactory return on assets, but signs for the future are positive. . . 

Federated Farmers signs Land & Water Forum Report but with conditions attached:

Federated Farmers has today added its name to the signatories of the fourth report of the Land & Water Forum after receiving the conditional support of its National Council.

The National Council, meeting in Wellington over 26 and 27 November, comprises the presidents of Federated Farmers’ 24 provinces, its National Board and representatives of its seven industry groups.

“Federated Farmers has been deeply involved in and committed to the Land & Water Forum since its formation in 2009, playing an active role in the development of this and the previous three forum reports,” says Federated Farmers Water spokesperson Chris Allen. . . 

Farm gate milk price won’t recover until mid-2016 – Westland:

Westland Milk Products believes the farm gate milk price will not recover until the middle of next year because overseas buyers have already reacted to predictions of falling production and drought.

Chief executive Rod Quin said the brief upward spike in prices at the Global Dairy Trade auction six weeks ago was overseas buyers moving to secure supply.

Westland Milk Products, which has about 500 shareholders, held its AGM this week and Mr Quin said the payout forecast remained around $4.90 to the early five dollar mark, which was less than farmers needed to break even.

He said that was unlikely to change because it looked like there would be more pressure on prices in the next couple of months. . . 

Silver Fern Farms paid former CEO Keith Cooper more than $1.8M in 2015 – Tina Morrison:

(BusinessDesk) – Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s largest meat processor, paid former chief executive Keith Cooper more than $1.8 million last financial year, reflecting his long service with the company.

Cooper, who joined the cooperative in 1989 and was chief executive for eight years, was paid between $1.84 million and $1.85 million in the company’s 2015 financial year ended Sept. 30, Silver Fern Farms said in its annual report, where it is required to detail the number of employees that it paid $100,000 or more.

“The payments made to him reflect a combination of base salary for a period, a short-term incentive related to the prior year, a retention incentive that related to prior and future years, annual and long-service leave as well as a payment that reflected his significant contribution to the company over the prior 18 years, the most recent eight as chief executive,” the Dunedin-based company said. . . 


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5 Responses to Rural round-up

  1. Andrei says:

    Oh for goodness sakes, that Paris junkfest, a junket for underemployed civil servants and politicians gets a look in on a rural round up post


    Herbivores have been roaming this planet since the upper carboniferous about 300 million years ago

    And yet suddenly after 300 million years of grazing animals a few dairy cows in the 21st century Holocene are going to bring about total collapse of the ecosphere. – Give me a break

    My contempt for polkiticians and the modern western elites grows deeper by the day

    Perhaps one good thing if they do drag us into a third world war is that most of them will be purged in the carnage and the survivors will have more important things to worry about than the effect of cow farts on the ice sheets of Antarctica.

    The bad thing of course is the effect on our children who willl have to suffer the consequences these decadent morons actions

    And don’t try and tell me New Zealand isn’t corrupt either – this whole climate change is a rort that the political classes exploit for their own gain which is corrupt as anything you might meet in the third world but more dishonest


  2. farmerbraun says:

    Don’t worry Andrei , the groundwork is already underway to ensure that precisely nothing meaningful in respect of future climate (were that even possible ) is achieved at Paris.
    All of the platitudes (and more) that are necessary to keep the sheeple docile (relatively speaking) for an extended period will be forthcoming and loudly trumpeted as success. The sheeple will bleat approvingly and go back to their grazing.


  3. JC says:

    Its most disappointing that farming leaders have drunk the Kool-Aid. Thats the job of politicians who are expected to dissemble in the interests of their country.

    I wonder if farming officials understand how most people see them when they spout this rubbish.. credibility is important to them and piddling it away to the climate weirdos *and* trying to assure the public they don’t mistreat animals is a stretch too far.



  4. farmerbraun says:

    I could not agree more J.C.
    I have been a member of Federated Farmers for forty odd years.
    The recent utterances of Rolleston, and now Crofoot, lead me to wonder who on earth these clowns represent , other than their own perceived interests.
    Fools , apparently , both of them.


  5. JC says:

    There’s over a million people aged 55+. People who consider farming leader comments to be important in assessing the health of the economy and the direction of the country.

    A great many of them have lived into 3 or 4 cycles of weather and extremes and have many memories of farm leaders discussing summer and winter drought over the decades, the effects of storms like Diana, Bernie and Bola and the many earlier storms of forgotten names. In fact, like my family they had older relatives who drowned or near drownings in such events.

    They have no problems with the 2013 findings of the IPCC on weather events..

    “Overall, the most robust global changes in climate extremes are seen in measures of daily temperature, including to some extent, heat waves. Precipitation extremes also appear to be increasing, but there is large spatial variability”
    “There is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century”
    “Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin”
    “In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale”
    “In summary, there is low confidence in observed trends in small-scale severe weather phenomena such as hail and thunderstorms because of historical data inhomogeneities and inadequacies in monitoring systems”
    “In summary, the current assessment concludes that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century due to lack of direct observations, geographical inconsistencies in the trends, and dependencies of inferred trends on the index choice. Based on updated studies, AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated. However, it is likely that the frequency and intensity of drought has increased in the Mediterranean and West Africa and decreased in central North America and north-west Australia since 1950”
    “In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low”

    Older people can look at that list through the lens of their own experience and more or less agree.. and that wonder what the hell these farming leaders are talking about.



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