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Farmer confidence plumbs new depths, Feds survey finds

August 1, 2022 by Simon EdwardsIn January farmer confidence was at the lowest level recorded in biannual surveys that Federated Farmers has been running since 2009. Last month’s survey found it had dropped even further.More than 1200 farmers from around New Zealand responded to the July survey and a net 47.8% of them considered current economic conditions to be bad, down 55.6 points from January when a net 7.8% considered conditions to be good.Despite the slide in confidence, farmer...

August 5, 2022

Recruiting Staff Update via Dairy NZ

Latest immigration news Dairy Class Border ExceptionThe dairy sector was granted 1,000 employees (plus their families) to cross the NZ border to work on dairy farms. This is called the Dairy Class Border Exception and is open for applications until 7 August 2022. More information and an application form can be found here.New Accredited Employer Work VisaOn 4 July 2022, the final stage of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) process opened. The AEWV effectively replaces the Essential...

August 2, 2022

Dairy Farm Expense Price Index up

New Zealand is up in arms about the consumer price index, with inflation the highest it has been since the GFC in 2008.  Everyone is curbing their spending to be able to afford the basics.  For farmers it is the same story, only magnified. Farms are doing it tough despite the record milk pay out, the Dairy Farm Expenses Index is 10.6% up between March 2021 and March 2022. Now in July 2022 it is more like 12-13%. Higher input farms are hardest hit as diesel/petrol, fertiliser and f...

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