Category Archives: The Fairfax SST Articles

Small dairy farms can still be profitable

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 7 December 2014] Last week I wrote about the changing scale of dairying. Farms are getting bigger and they will continue to do so, driven by the … Continue reading

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The changing scale of dairy

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 30 November 2014] Twenty five years ago, New Zealand dairy farms were genuinely family businesses. The average herd was about 150 cows grazing on 65 hectares. Less … Continue reading

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Has Australia leapfrogged New Zealand in China?

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 23 November 2014] The big agribusiness news this week is that Australia and China have reached a free trade agreement. This has come as somewhat of a … Continue reading

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The dairy robots are coming

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 16 November 2014] Milking cows is far from exciting. People milk cows for money and not for fun. What if it could all be done by robots? … Continue reading

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The restructuring of Silver Fern Farms

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 2 Nov 2014 under the title ‘Breaking up the family silver’] During 2014, I have written several times about the challenges of restructuring the meat industry. I … Continue reading

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The New Zealand dairy dilemma

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 2 November 2014] New Zealand earned more than $17 billion in export income from the dairy industry for the 12 months ended August 2014. This was one … Continue reading

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Seasonality drives the red meat industries

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on October 26 2014.] I have previously described the challenges that seasonality creates for the dairy industry. For New Zealand’s red meat industries, those issues are even more … Continue reading

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The rising star of beef

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 19 October 2014] With so much focus on the current dairy downturn, it is easy to miss the rising star of beef. This year beef prices have … Continue reading

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Riding out the dairy downturn

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 12 October 2014] The latest Global Dairy trade auction of 1 October has placed a new complexion on the current dairy downturn. There is now widespread concern … Continue reading

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The challenges of dairy seasonality

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 5 October 2014] This last week I have been analysing the opportunities for the Australian dairy industry arising from an FTA (free trade agreement) with China. The … Continue reading

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