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2008-08-25 15:00:37

By McKNIGHT Sam RECENT prosecutions of Southland dairy farmers drew an angry response from several Environment Southland councillors yesterday, who called for consent reviews for non-compliant farms. In the past two months four dairy farming companies were fined by the Environment Court, for unlawful effluent discharge into waterways. Speaking at the environmental management committee meeting Cr Derek Angus was particularly troubled by the offences and suggested consents be...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

By JANES, Andrew Rocketing prices are stalling dairy consumption across Asia. But Fonterra continues to gain market share, its new head in the area, Mark Wilson, tells ANDREW JANES . 'Ultimately demography drives economics" is a phrase Mark Wilson likes. He repeats it several times during our interview and says he uses it as a guiding light. As a business mantra, it's an apt one for a man in charge of Fonterra's operations for a region accounting for about 60 per cent of the...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

Some are keen while others have their doubts about the new kid in the paddock. -------------------- The Dairy Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of meat company Affco, says it has visited more than 100 farmers in the southern North Island, as it hunts for milk supply. The company has a representative on the road covering the Tararua, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Wanganui and Taranaki regions. The company says it does not have a firm contract for milk, but the representative is talking to dairy...

2008-08-17 18:00:24

By JANES, Andrew SHOPPERS switching to cheaper house-brand dairy products have led to Goodman Fielder writing down the value of its New Zealand dairy operations by about a quarter. Goodman Fielder is No 2 in the New Zealand dairy market after Fonterra. Its brands include Meadow Fresh and Sun Latte milk, and Tararua and Chesdale cheese. In the year to June 2007, the New Zealand dairy operations had revenue of almost $500 million. Yesterday it said it would write down their value by $214...

2008-08-14 18:00:23

By McKNIGHT Sam ENVIRONMENT SOUTHLAND has put several dairy farmers on notice because of their repeat dirty dairying discharges. Council compliance manager Mark Hunter said a disturbing trend had emerged among some farmers who were beginning to build up a non- compliance history. "It seems to be that there are a lot of people who just aren't learning their lesson." Four farming companies had been fined after Environment Court hearings in June and last month for unlawful effluent...

2008-08-11 00:00:24

By Vasantha Ganesan FONTERRA, the dairy company whose brands include Anlene, Fernleaf and Anmum, expects Malaysia to remain its third largest market in Asia and the Middle East as it continues to innovate and market more products here. Sri Lanka is the New Zealand-based company's biggest market in the region, followed by the Middle East. Mark A. Wilson - Fonterra Brands (Asia Holdings) Pte Ltd's managing director for Asia, the Middle East and Africa - said that revenue from Malaysia is...

2008-08-07 15:00:40

Record milk payouts for milk powder will become a thing of the past, if an Agriculture and Forestry Ministry forecast released yesterday is accurate. This season the dairy payout will average $6.90 per kg of milksolids across all dairy companies - $1 less than Fonterra's record $7.90 last season - and then drop back to $6 for the next few years, the ministry's economists say in their latest "situation and outlook" report. After a 25 per cent jump to $10 billion in the year just ended,...

2008-08-07 15:00:32

On the third occasion a farm his family owned was convicted for dirty dairying last year, Alan Crafar announced he had appointed one of his sons as an effluent manager, responsible for ensuring systems on all his farms were "right". The former Fonterra shareholder council member said he was looking at setting up the 14 farms that make up the CraFarm group in such a way that the cowsheds could not be milked until the effluent had been properly stored. On Friday, after another CraFarm...

2008-07-30 15:00:55

By BASHAM, Laura They may drive our economy, but do we love our farmers and their fellow food producers enough? Laura Basham reports. ---------------- ---- KEY DRIVERS Horticulture - $325m Forestry - $306m Seafood - $268m Tourism - $134m Pastoral - $106m Nelson region total GDP: $3.2 billion Nelson region jobs Industry Job count 2006 % change since 2001 Retail 5340 +21 Ag/Forestry/Fishing 4944 -16 Manufacturing 4842 +8 Prop/Bus services 4269 +43 Health/Comm services 3738 +25 Education 2688...

2008-07-30 15:00:54

By WOOD, Alan An equivalent of dairy-based Fonterra seen as crucial to export expansion. Alan Wood reports. -------------------- IN A harsh economic winter Silver Fern Farms has completed the hard cuts of nearly 1000 meat-processing jobs and now faces an intense graft for farmer votes into the spring. SFF is battling traditional conservatism in trying to sell its partnership plan to farmers and bring in much needed capital via NZX- listed PGG Wrightson. It faces two other real...