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Agribusiness

Fonterra slashes payout, farmers offered $430m cash advance

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Fonterra  has slashed its farmgate milk price for the 2015/16 season by $1.40 to $3.85 per kilogram of milk solids but is supporting cooperative members with an additional 50 cents per shared-up kilogram of milksolids in the form of an interest-free loan. The initiative softens the blow for farmers, who’ve seen …

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Commerce Commission follows through with price-fixing suit against Wrightson, Elders, others

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The Commerce Commission has filed court proceedings against PGG Wrightson, Elders New Zealand and five individuals it claims fixed fees charged during the introduction of a national livestock tagging scheme. The regulator is in discussions with a third company, Rural Livestock. The commission alleges the companies and individuals breached the Commerce Act by establishing three …

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Drought, weak dairy prices hit NZX agri publications adverts

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By Jonathan Underhill July 28 (BusinessDesk) – NZX, the stock market operator, said advertising in its portfolio of agricultural publications dropped 17 percent in the first half, reflecting the slump in dairy prices and the impact of drought. The company’s agricultural titles include New Zealand Farmers Weekly, the nation’s biggest newspaper for …

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NZX milk futures point to further declines in prices

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A slump in the price of whole milk powder, New Zealand’s key dairy export, is likely to continue according to traders who are pricing in further declines on the NZX futures market. The price for whole milk powder dropped 13.1 percent to an average US$1,848 a tonne at the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction …

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