Dairy farm sales dry up as tighter bank lending, foreign investment take hold – Catherine Harris:
Commentators say dairy farm values are falling, as bank lending tightens and foreign investment becomes harder to get.
According to the Real Estate Institute (REINZ), sales of dairy farms nationally tumbled 55 per cent in the three months to November on the same period in 2018, and 83 per cent on 2017.
Dairy farm prices slid 22 per cent, from $50,964 per hectare to $39,678 per hectare.
Lincoln University farm management professor and commentator Keith Woodford told RNZ that while other types of farms such as grazing or horticulture were holding their own, dairying had suffered, despite improving milk prices. . .
A hero border collie has saved a flock of sheep as a wall of fire destroyed farmland in Australia.
Patsy the six-year-old working dog rounded the sheep up with a farmer as the flames bore down on them in the rural town of Corryong in Victoria.
She brought them to the safest paddock on the farm as her owner fought the fire in a tractor with a tank of water.
Thanks to Patsy and her owner, almost all of the sheep were saved, along with the hay bales, silage, shearing shed, and farm houses. . .
‘Mycoplasma bovis’ challenges faced – Laura Smith:
‘‘One of the greatest biosecurity challenges we’ve ever faced’’ — Mycoplasma bovis continues to affect farmers but the Ministry for Primary Industries is confident eradication of the disease can be achieved.
Southland farm owners Ben Walling and Sarah Flintoft had 1700 cattle culled in 2018 after Mycoplasma bovis was discovered on their farm.
Since then they were declared disease-free, but are now awaiting results after tests on cows at one of their three cattle farms.
The bovine disease Mycoplasma bovis can cause mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis and late-term abortions. More than 130,700 cattle have been culled nationwide because of it. . .
Fonterra rationalises in Chile – Hugh Stringleman:
Fonterra is buying the minority interests in its Chilean processing partner, Prolesur, to streamline its businesses and give it more options for the future.
Among the options could be an exit from the dairy industry in Chile after several decades of New Zealand involvement, firstly by the Dairy Board in 1986.
Fonterra has agreed to buy 13.6% of Prolesur for NZ$29.3 million from Fundacion Isabel Aninat, a church-owned charity. . .
Remote island farm on market – Richard Rennie:
A long-held family property on Great Barrier Island offers the chance to own the last piece of land before Chile.
It includes private beaches and an historic grave site for shipwreck victims.
The Mabey family has farmed the 195ha property at the island’s northern end for almost a century and has decided to put the farm on the market as a bare block.
The land is farmed by Scott Mabey who said he anticipates a buyer will be most interested in building a dream home on one of the farm’s many elevated positions. . .
The beef farmer eats a plant patty – Uptown Farms:
Well… we did it. We were in a hip little craft beer joint in Nashville, saw the Impossible burger on the menu, and ordered one.
Of course they wanted to send it out with a fresh baked bun, cheese and all the sauces.
But we passed on all of that so we could really get an idea what all the fuss was about. Here’s what we decided:
🌱 It is better with ranch. Matt jokes, “What vegetable isn’t?” (His jokes are getting worse the older he gets.) . .