Roger Dickie



Log export prices rise again
Export log prices jump higher on low shipping rates and currency decline - New Zealand export log prices jumped higher this month, as falling oil prices pushed down shipping rates while a decline in the kiwi dollar made the country's goods more attractive to overseas buyers. The average wharf-gate price for New Zealand A-grade logs rose to $115 a tonne in January, from $104 a tonne in December, according to AgriHQ's monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and sawmillers.

Good rises in log prices expected in the first quarter of 2016
Be careful what you wish for. I have heard this sage advice on several occasions throughout my career, and each time, on reflection, it takes on more richness and meaning. It comes to mind when observing the rapid export log price rises in the past three months. While on face-value a boon to forest owners [the “wish”], the down-side is the increased volatility it portends and the damage it causes many participants in the sector – especially those that gear up for a market upturn [the “be careful”].

NZ export log prices jump to 7-month high
NZ export log prices jump to 7-month high on pick up in Chinese demand- New Zealand export log prices jumped to a seven-month high in November as demand picked up in China, the country's largest market.

Revised ETS may boost carbon forestry
"The discussion document is refreshing in its candour. It clearly states that New Zealand needs to reduce its carbon emissions and for this to happen, policy settings need to change," says Forest Owners Association chief executive David Rhodes.

New Zealand dairy prices set to rise next year
International dairy prices are at a "particularly bad" part of the cycle, but are expected to improve substantially in the first half of next year, rural lending specialist Rabobank says.

Chinas Black Monday is New Zealand's Green Tuesday
The news of Chinas Black Monday might have been more abrupt than most commentators had predicted - however it certainly wasn't something they didn't see coming. As the Chinese Stock exchange dropped 9% it sent reverberations around the world - nearly all markets were effected. Its seems in the most part that the markets recovered as the day went on, but it reiterated why Agricultural based investments are becoming so popular.

Dairy Prices set for substantial recovery by mid 2016
The recent collapse in dairy prices does not equate to long-term structural market change in the sector, rural lending specialist Rabobank said.

IKEA and Apple are buying up Forests
Future looks bright for those with foresight as IKEA and Apple are buying up whole forests. IKEA bought 83,000 acres of forest last month.

Log prices up after 3 months of falls
The export market for New Zealand forestry products is stabilising. It has been helped by the weakening kiwi dollar, reduced inventories in China and increased domestic housing demand in the US, say industry analysts.


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