NZ dollar closes in on Aussie parity

FOR the first time ever, the Kiwi dollar is challenging its Aussie counterpart in the value stakes.
FOR the first time ever, the Kiwi dollar is challenging its Aussie counterpart in the value stakes.
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IN January 2014, trade weight lambs averaged 402c/kg cwt - fast forward one year and NSW trade lambs were 138c/kg cwt dearer. IN January 2014, trade weight lambs averaged 402c/kg cwt - fast forward one year and NSW trade lambs were 138c/kg cwt dearer.
THE new Qld Labor government has honoured an agreement with Gina Rinehart to buy land in the Mary Valley for dairy production. THE new Qld Labor government has honoured an agreement with Gina Rinehart to buy land in the Mary Valley for dairy production.
VIDEO: AUSTRALIAN woolgrowers now have access to a hand-held, real-time tool to measure their wool micron diameter on-farm. VIDEO: AUSTRALIAN woolgrowers now have access to a hand-held, real-time tool to measure their wool micron diameter on-farm.
PREPARE for price volatility ahead in beef cattle markets, with the spikes pointing mostly upwards, says market analyst Tim McRae. PREPARE for price volatility ahead in beef cattle markets, with the spikes pointing mostly upwards, says market analyst Tim McRae.
THE HEAVY rain and thunderstorms lashing south-east Queensland the last few days are set to continue over the Easter weekend.
1:15 PM THE HEAVY rain and thunderstorms lashing south-east Queensland the last few days are set to continue over the Easter weekend.
AUSTRALIA'S best sheep dogs will be travelling to Tasmania with their handlers in the next few weeks, for national championships.
1:00 PM AUSTRALIA'S best sheep dogs will be travelling to Tasmania with their handlers in the next few weeks, for national championships.
IT is a remarkable piece of spin for the Harper commission to suggest consumer interests should be omnipotent in Australia's economy.
12:50 PM IT is a remarkable piece of spin for the Harper commission to suggest consumer interests should be omnipotent in Australia's economy. | Coles, Woolies fight 'effects test'  | Duopoly tops Harper review concerns 
AUSTRALIA'S coal industry is driving increases in air particle pollution, according to a new analysis.
11:30 AM AUSTRALIA'S coal industry is driving increases in air particle pollution, according to a new analysis.
AN antibody manufactured at UQ will be used in world-first human Hendra virus clinical trials starting this month.
10:56 AM AN antibody manufactured at UQ will be used in world-first human Hendra virus clinical trials starting this month.
CONSULTATIONS on CoOL reforms begin this week as the government progresses its plan to deliver clearer labelling for food.
9:30 AM CONSULTATIONS on CoOL reforms begin this week as the government progresses its plan to deliver clearer labelling for food. | Searching for 'Brand Australia'  | Ag set to drive CoOL review 
RAIN is forecast to fall from Wagga Wagga to Walgett over the Easter long weekend.
9:11 AM RAIN is forecast to fall from Wagga Wagga to Walgett over the Easter long weekend.
WHEN live cattle are shipped to Indonesia, many are bound for a feedlot on the island of Sumatra that has helped the region cope with animal welfare requirements coming out of Australia.
9:00 AM WHEN live cattle are shipped to Indonesia, many are bound for a feedlot on the island of Sumatra that has helped the region cope with animal welfare requirements coming out of Australia. | Interflour raises the flour profile  | Interflour goes InterMalt for... 
Cattle - Beef
LAST month Mark Latham saw Frackman at his local municipal hall, but all he found in the film was a
7:16 AM  3 LAST month Mark Latham saw Frackman at his local municipal hall, but all he found in the film was a "fracking false alarm". | Taxman's role in Frackman film  | CSG water issue blows up 
THE supermarket giants are fighting against a new
7:05 AM  2 THE supermarket giants are fighting against a new "effects test" being introduced into competition law. | Duopoly tops Harper review concerns  | Harper report hot potato for Abbott 
RICHARD Goyder opens up on farming, the future and the furore over Coles' conduct with suppliers.
6:36 AM  1 RICHARD Goyder opens up on farming, the future and the furore over Coles' conduct with suppliers. | Wesfarmers outlook 'optimistic' 
LOGISTICS legend Chris Corrigan has been quietly working on one of the biggest listed agricultural land and water plays in Australia's history.
6:05 AM  3 LOGISTICS legend Chris Corrigan has been quietly working on one of the biggest listed agricultural land and water plays in Australia's history.
ON the back of improved cattle prices in February, the beef producer share of the retail dollar climbed to 37.4pc.
3:00 AM  3 ON the back of improved cattle prices in February, the beef producer share of the retail dollar climbed to 37.4pc. | Barnaby hops over roo export report 
Cattle - Beef
FOR the north to attract capital, it needs a clear message about long-term direction and value, Rabobank’s Luke Chandler told the NTCA conference.
3:00 AM  1 FOR the north to attract capital, it needs a clear message about long-term direction and value, Rabobank’s Luke Chandler told the NTCA conference. | Grainfed beef exports leap ahead  | Cattlemen's life medal for Bowen 
Cattle - Beef
AUSVEG boss Richard Mulcahy has hit back at claims the Ag Competitiveness White Paper process is full of
3:00 AM  2 AUSVEG boss Richard Mulcahy has hit back at claims the Ag Competitiveness White Paper process is full of "crackpot" ideas. | Barnaby defends 'crackpot'...  | White Paper timing worries NFF 
THE NFF has unveiled cutting-edge plans to implement a world-leading online advocacy and policy development platform.
3:00 AM  13 THE NFF has unveiled cutting-edge plans to implement a world-leading online advocacy and policy development platform. | Fund white paper policies: NFF  | New Grocery Code takes force 
THE supply of superfine wool is returning from record highs, with year-to-date figures indicating a 23pc reduction in wool tested 16.5-micron or finer.
3:00 AM THE supply of superfine wool is returning from record highs, with year-to-date figures indicating a 23pc reduction in wool tested 16.5-micron or finer.  | Mudgee Lamb's NBN success  | Wool auction a showstopper 
Sheep - Wool
THE first of a new line of Australian-engineered heavy duty soil renovators designed to be “simple, strong and reliable” has gone to work in WA.
3:00 AM THE first of a new line of Australian-engineered heavy duty soil renovators designed to be “simple, strong and reliable” has gone to work in WA. | Fewer on-farm injury deaths in 2014 
A NEW flour mill purchase in Indonesia is saving Interflour money because of its strategic shipping location.
2:00 AM  3 A NEW flour mill purchase in Indonesia is saving Interflour money because of its strategic shipping location.
WORK on barley storage silos has started at a new malting barley facility in Vietnam that is set to source much of its grain from WA.
2:00 AM WORK on barley storage silos has started at a new malting barley facility in Vietnam that is set to source much of its grain from WA.
IT'S back to business as usual next Tuesday when JBS Swift re-opens its Rockhampton meat processing plant after cyclone damage.
01 Apr 15 IT'S back to business as usual next Tuesday when JBS Swift re-opens its Rockhampton meat processing plant after cyclone damage.  | Asbestos closes JBS plant...  | Wacka confronts ACCC on JBS 
NBN Co predicts 3.97m homes and businesses will be connected to the $41 billion national broadband network by September 2017.
01 Apr 15 NBN Co predicts 3.97m homes and businesses will be connected to the $41 billion national broadband network by September 2017. | Broadband-to-house cost rises  | Regional cities overlooked 
A FLEECE has been auctioned for three times its value at the Sydney Royal Show today - all in the name of charity.
01 Apr 15 A FLEECE has been auctioned for three times its value at the Sydney Royal Show today - all in the name of charity.
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Predictable efforts by the big guys to stifle more competition.
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The mob that did the study has form. They cherry picked data and did not complete a time length
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"Head in the clouds" your head is actually in the right place
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