Dairy Payouts Graphed

We have just updated our chart that graphs dairy payout since 1999 through to this seasons forecast. To be able to compare payouts across the years we have added milk price and share dividend together – as it is only quite recently that these were unbundled.  While the current milk price forecast from Fonterra is […]

After Winter there will be Spring

Richard and I were out appraising a new farm this morning – 22 July – and while we went prepared with an extra layer of clothing, we could have done with an electric blanket too! We left Feilding at  a balmy 4 degrees and arrived at our destination welcomed by 1 degree on the gauge […]

Negative Pasture Growth at Massey

On 21st June Rob was the Meeting Manager for the NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs held at Massey University, Palmerston North. This saw around 1000 Year 9 – Year 13 students from as far afiled as Whangarei and Dunedin scramble around firstly the Rugby Institute sportsfields and then part of No. 1 Dairy Farm. […]

Hill Country, bike helmets and Horizons

Richard and I recently attended the Manawatu field day on Justin and Mary Vennells farm, winners of this years Ballance Environmental award for hill country, situated near Rewa in the northern Manawatu. A great day out with some good learning on how they have been improving the farms bottom line with hill country cropping (spray […]

The age old problem

I’ve been getting acquainted with Claire over the past few weeks. Before you give May a call and alert her to the “other” woman in my life, Claire is a physio and my lower back has been welcoming her attention and skill. My wife reminds me all too often that I’m not getting any younger […]

Our New Premises

Earlier in the year we moved into our new premises at 56 Stafford St, Feilding. We are easy to find, being right next door McDonalds in Feilding.  We are enjoying the improved profile that this location provides. The office is now fully functional with signwriting recently completed on the outside by Capture Signs (happy to recommend these […]


Some people we have been dealing with of late might wondered why Richard and I have had the odd bit of sawdust in our hair or paint on our hands – it’s all to do with our moonlighting job as builders and decorators. Shortly we will be moving from our current location in Weld St […]

Sheep & Cattle farms keenly sought

While most of the agricultural news is focussed on dairy payouts going from one dizzy height to the next, our experience this Spring at Rural and Lifestyle Sales.com sees Sheep & Cattle farms in keener demand than dairy – and it’s not that we don’t have some good dairy farms to offer – we have farms […]

$1.3 Trillion extra ag exports predicted

Port Jackson partners, one of Australia’s leading strategic consulting firms recently produced a report “Greener Pastures” on the outlook for agricultural exports from Australia and New Zealand. They find that with the continuing new-found wealth in Asia, 60% more agricultural output will be required by 2050. New Zealand and Australia could be well poised to […]

Silage making in August ??

Have you seen this before in the Manawatu? Silage being harvested on Milson Line today and we are still in August. Just shows what a dream run we have had so far this winter. Mind you, the feed quality might not be too flash with inability to wilt the stuff.  We have been preparing descriptions […]

Learning from the lunatic fringe

I have to confess that 7-8 years ago when some dairy farmers started to try out once a day milking my tendency was to regard them as having a bit of a loose cog up top. Like why would you deliberately knock per cow production by 15-20% and call that progress? But times have changed. […]

Can’t beat a good walk

Now anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that I recommend a good walk (or run) for health, but I also receommend a walk when viewing property to purchase. You can simply see so much more than you can from the speed and comfort of a ute or the back of a quad.It’s not rocket […]

Dairy payouts since 1999

Investment in farming is of a long term nature.  That is perhaps why you don’t see too many sharebrokers owning farms – they can’t get in and out of them every other day when the wind direction changes like they can with Telecom shares (or for that matter Fonterra Shareholder fund units these day!). But […]

Kimbolton “Paddock Party” this Friday

Made a quick dash from the back of a property near Foxton yesterday with this thunder storm heading up from Levin way. Lots of noise and plenty of rain followed. We also had around 20- 25mm in Feilding & Palmy the evening before so things are starting to moisten up – just hope things stay warm enough […]

Dairy price at highest for ten years!

More good news this morning with the latest fortnightly Global Dairy Trade auction lifting a further 14.2%, meaning a  cumulative increase over the last couple of months of 39%. More significant is the rise since the start of the season as you can see in the graph, the Trade weighted index has risen the best […]

Good news for cows

  Couple of bits of good news this week: 1) It rained 2) Latest Global Dairy auction up a further 14.8%, off the back of another double digit increase a fortnight earlier So with pasture growth hopefully recovering at your place, and the trend of dairy price higher for NEXT season, what are you doing […]

Sunshine, the two-edged sword

With the next week or so forecast as wall to wall sunshine it’s not really the best of news for most farmers. However for well established maize and grain crops it could be just the ticket for grain filling and a top yield. And on the social side, a trip to the beach or a […]

Happy New Year – had a good break now it’s a busy start around here

I’ve come back from 10 days or so touring the South Island. Drove from Nelson tthrough Buller, Greymouth, Fox Glacier, Queenstown then back north via Tekapo, Christchurch and Hanmer. Managed to stay half a step of the wild weather – which was nice for a change as most times we go camping we attract it. […]

Auction Success

We were delighted with the interest shown in 819 Rangitikei Line, a 17.7ha larger lifestyle which we took to Auction yesterday. And our vendors were equally delighted with the outcome – sold under the hammer. We had 5 bidders on the day for this $1 Million plus property. This is a good vote of confidence […]


We had great news this week, the first unconditional sale for Rural and Lifestyle Sales.com, with the successful conclusion to a Tender campaign for a 6ha lifestyle property at Mangaweka. Our assistant, Mandy, turned up at work Friday morning with this huge Chocolate cake, candles and all to celebrate the occasion. The rest of the crew […]

Our Tender box gets its first use!

The “red flag” went up on our Tender box this week, with Tenders received for the 6 hectare lifestyle property at 32 Cage Rd, Mangaweka. Pictured is Richard getting ready to take the Tender box out to our client to open the Tenders. We look forward to making good use of the box later this […]

The office is Open !

We moved in to our offices at the Agri-Business Centre on Weld St, Feilding last Monday (8th Oct), so it’s been a bit all go for the week. telephones to connect, printer and photopier to setup, internet to get working, desks and tables and chairs to get moved. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the other […]

$180 billion spend up

  Richard and I recently attended a couple of bank sponsored meetings where their in-house economists were presenting a view on the next few years. One thing that captured my attention was Dominic Stephens from Westpac noting that earlier this month the Chinese Government had just approved a massive $180 billion worth of new internal […]

Why worry about milk price?

Fonterra milk price down, Global dairy auction price up, USA milk supply forecast to be down, $NZ high, India production up, Dairy Futures market strong… i don’t know about you but it is all a bit confusing. And there is none of it we seem to be in control of in NZ. That reminds me […]