Farmers can see drought relief coming as most flush green again after months without meaningful rain, and additional government drought relief measures are announced.
A new report into sheep milking in Southland has estimated the industry could be worth $124 million to the region by 2040.
Drought affected farmers in Taranaki are down to half their normal milk production and winter feed stores as the dry conditions begin to bite on rural incomes, a Rural Support Trust drought update meeting heard.
Three more farms infected by Mycoplasma bovis have been confirmed in Canterbury and Southland by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), bringing the total to 17 properties.
It has rained, but not enough.
Specialist butchers may have been closing up and down the country in recent years, but that hasn’t stopped two enterprising Taranaki-raised brothers from opening a shop of their own – with plans for a second and a third already in the pipeline.
Red meat farmers are in a “pretty good space” these days, says a Beef+Lamb New Zealand farmer-director.
Inland Revenue has confirmed tax relief measures for drought-affected farmers.
Kiwis can rest assured that there is little difference in quality between the fruit and vegetables they pick in supermarket aisles and what is exported.
Uplifting sights were in short supply when Waikato’s Garry Reymer took possession of a failing, rundown Kaipaki dairy farm, but seeing a Fonterra tanker roll up the track instead of Open Country Dairy’s was a real heart-warmer.