Welcome to Bayleys Rural Insight, your go-to guide for regular, informative commentary on key matters affecting those living and working in rural New Zealand.
With New Zealand’s economic fundamentals and commodity markets ever changing, we take a look at how this can impact the rural sector as well as the effect it may have on rural and lifestyle property.
Every fortnight a new Rural Insight will be released focusing on the different sectors of the rural market including dairy, sheep and beef, viticulture, and horticulture. In addition, we will investigate issues relevant to those pursuing their lifestyle property dream.
Niche crops offer new lifestyle opportunities
The prospects for New Zealand’s horticultural sector on having another bumper year looks positive with apples, kiwifruit and avocadoes all leading the charge for sales prospects making the sector worth $10 billion a year by 2020.
“NZ Inc.” brand getting closer
As New Zealand’s consumer markets become more diverse and sophisticated in their tastes and needs, conversation here at home is growing about the need for a cohesive “NZ story” that compels them to continue choosing New Zealand food products.
Getting online a necessity not a luxury for rural NZ
The need for rural New Zealand to be just as well connected to the internet as the cities is growing by the month, as the agricultural sector sweeps up more and more internet capable machinery and equipment.
Lifestyle blocks draw interest over spring
Once the domain of retiring farmers who can’t quite leave their rural roots behind, the lifestyle block is growing in appeal to a wider range of people across both the North and South Islands.
Dairy goat opportunities on offer
The threads of dairying are becoming more varied as farmers look to non-cow options for farm milking platforms around the country.
Bed and Breakfast offers farm income option
The view many farmers take for granted on their farm may also be a money earner that makes life on the farm a little easier.
Apples add value into hort sector
The New Zealand apple industry is scooping global accolades for its performance and quality, with little sign of the sector’s current boom likely to fade any time soon.
Nutrient and water plans a long run up to change
Regional water plans have farmers and rural professionals warily eyeing what the implications are on farm equity and property values.
Avocado opportunities quietly grow
While kiwifruit may be claiming much of the spotlight for its re-surging success after the devastating Psa virus, the avocado sector has also been quietly building its own success story.
Organic demand opens exciting land use options
With two out of three New Zealanders now buying organic products during their shopping trips, prospects for food producers in the sector are looking ever more promising.
Dairy sheep provide value add pathway
A slow but certain interest in dairy sheep is starting to build throughout New Zealand as some cornerstone corporate farmers cement the industry’s footing as a viable pastoral alternative to traditional land uses.
Forest sector buoyed by carbon and timber
Despite a downward slide in forest plantings, a recently released report anticipates a surge in re-forestation as carbon values lift and timber prices remain firm.
Bayleys sees Manuka options open back country
The humble honey bee is contributing to a quiet land use revolution in some of the country’s more remote farming regions, bringing options and opportunities for farmers and rural communities.
Bayleys see new pathways open for farm ownership
Bayleys salespeople have witnessed a slide in the number of 50:50 sharemilking jobs over recent years, opening the door to new farm ownership opportunities often equally or even more appealing pathways to the ultimate goal of farm ownership.
Early start a good start for succession planning
Aging farmers without farm succession plans to help them step into well earned, enjoyable retirements are among the greatest concerns for realtors, financiers and farm advisors in New Zealand.
Rural property opportunities aplenty at Fieldays
A buoyant rural property market has provided an optimistic backdrop for Bayleys’ National Fieldays exhibit this year.
Green and Gold all go for kiwifruit sector
New crop varieties, good consumer demand and sound marketing have put kiwifruit back on the map for prospective investors and orchard owners wanting to participate in the sector’s success.
New Zealand remains popular stop for foreign land investment
Foreign interest in New Zealand farms, orchards and vineyards is helping maintain strong values in land across the primary sector, despite some tough times for some in agriculture.