Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Have your say on proposed NAIT rules
New proposed regulations governing the National Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme are provided in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) discussion paper that went out for public consultation today.
Friday, 27 May 2011
MAF to defend Import Health Standards for pork imports
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will be defending in court its decision to allow the importation of fresh uncooked pork from Canada, the EU, Mexico and the USA.
1 November Mandatory Cattle Tagging Deferred
NAIT Limited and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced mandatory implementation of the national animal identification and tracing (NAIT) scheme will be deferred to next year.
Monday, 16 May 2011
NAWAC Annual Report Released
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) issued its 2010 Annual Report today.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Disqualification from owning dogs on welfare grounds
A Northland dog owner has been convicted of failing to meet the basic needs of animals under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Pork Import Health Standards effectively manage risk
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today issued updates to four Import Heath Standards for pig meat, pig meat products and by-products from Canada, the EU, Mexico and the USA.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
MAF confirms positive test for kiwifruit vine bacteria Psa
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAF) has tonight received the results of sequence testing of bacteria isolates which confirms that Pseudomonas syringae pv.
Monday, 8 November 2010
Suspected Bacterial Vine Infection
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) is investigating a report of symptoms of disease on kiwifruit vines on a North Island kiwifruit orchard. A preliminary test has suggested that a strain of the bacterial kiwifruit vine disease, Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (Psa), may be present on some vines on the orchard.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Farmers forecast ups and downs for primary sectors
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s annual Farm Monitoring Overview, which was released today, shows the fluctuating fortunes of the various pastoral and horticultural sectors is likely to continue into 2010/11.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Disqualification Order Enforced by MAF
A Coromandel farm owner and property developer, and his farm worker, have been convicted of deliberately breaching a Court imposed Disqualification Order under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Feedback sought on draft code of welfare for broiler chickens
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has completed a review of the 2003 code of welfare for broiler (meat) chickens and a draft code has been released today for public consultation.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
On the hunt for bat-wing passion flower
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ), in partnership with Northland Regional Council, Auckland Regional Council and the Department of Conservation, are requesting help to find the whereabouts of the invasive plant bat-wing passion flower.
Monday, 16 August 2010
Improved profitability leaves dairy farmers positive but cautious
Dairy farm profitability improved strongly in 2009/10 compared to 2008/09, with the outlook for 2010/11 also positive, but farmer confidence is still fragile according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's (MAF) latest farm monitoring reports.
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Sheep and beef farm profits fall; farmers expect more of the same
Sheep and beef farmer profits have fallen in 2009/10, despite a record lambing percentage in spring 2009, a MAF report shows.
Friday, 23 July 2010
The Māori food sector is on the menu
Representatives from government, Māori business, research and academic communities will gather this month to discuss the Māori food sector.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Detector dog discovers smuggled tiger penis
A Cambodian woman arriving at Auckland Airport from Singapore on Saturday 8 May was found smuggling what is suspected to be a tiger pizzle (penis) and a tiger gallbladder.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Livestock Manager charged with ill-treatment of sheep
Stock agent and trader Neville Clark was today sentenced in the Gisborne District Court for ill-treating sheep in his ownership and care.
Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Japan
On Tuesday 20th of April 2010 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Miyazaki, western Japan.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
A reminder of rules for the use of leg-hold traps
To many trappers, leg-hold traps are an essential tool for pest management.
Monday, 30 November 2009
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) is investigating a possible breach of containment, reported by Plant & Food Research, around a containment glasshouse located on the Plant & Food Research campus at Lincoln.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Atypical scrapie/Nor 98 detection in single sheep from the national flock
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) today confirmed that a series of New Zealand and European laboratory tests on a single New Zealand sheep brain have detected the condition atypical scrapie (also known as Nor 98).
Friday, 9 October 2009
MAF inspections of Crafar farms complete
Inspections by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of all 22 Crafar-owned properties have concluded, MAF Director-General Murray Sherwin announced today.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Sustainable forestry bulletin; Amended ETS Bill details announced
On September 24 the Government tabled legislation to amend the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
MAF review of border operations retains regional staff
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) announced today the outcome of the review of its operations at the border.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
SILNA discussion document released by MAF
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has released a discussion document titled SILNA Forests: Review of the 2002 Policy and the Implementation Package.
MAF Natural Resources Director Mike Jebson says the document provides information on the South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 (SILNA) forests policy and its implementation to date, and seeks SILNA forest owner and key stakeholder views on how the current policy has operated and a future approach.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
MAF assists with North Shore beach dog death investigations
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) is helping Auckland authorities to determine the cause of dog illness and death following visits to the city’s North Shore beaches.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Bulk wine exports a concerning feature of 2009
An annual MAF report on the primary sectors says the marked increase in the proportion of wine exported in bulk is lowering overall demand for New Zealand bottled wine.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Primary sectors ride out recession: MAF report
New Zealand’s primary sectors have ridden out the global recession remarkably well, according to the annual Situation and Outlook for New Zealand Agriculture and Forestry (SONZAF), launched in Wellington today.
Friday, 24 July 2009
Timber is tops for environmentally friendly buildings
Increasing the amount of timber used in large-scale commercial buildings can decrease some environmental impacts of the building, according to a Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry study.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
MAF reviews border operations
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) is reviewing its operations at the border in the light of a significant drop in trade and passenger volumes in the current worldwide economic downturn.