Mixed news in dairy price rise

Whole milk powder prices took a small knock, while overall prices rose.

3:30 AM  While overall global prices are up, NZ's main export, whole milk powder, takes a small knock.

Commodity prices on the up

Agricultural commodity prices are predicted to rise in 2017, fuelled by rising Chinese and Indian demand.

Rising dairy prices will lift commodity values this year, and even sheepmeat may show an improvement.

The great apple shortage

Bad timing of seasons means New Zealand's experiencing an apple shortage.

It's a change from the usual banana shortage - this time our beloved apples are nowhere to be seen.

Silver Fern Farms big loss

Silver Fern Farms chairman Rob Hewett.

As expected, Silver Fern Farms has posted a poor earnings result for the year, with after- tax loss of $30.6m.

'Gutless' $30k of tyres slashed

The irrigated flats of Omarama Station, home to the three vandalised irrigators.

An electric fence had to be crossed to slash 44 tyres on Mackenzie Country irrigators in a possible environmental statement.

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opinion

Healthy rivers – is everyone doing their share?

Who else contributes to the N and P in the Waikato River?

Waikato's Healthy Rivers Plan is to be challenged in court. Doug Edmeades continues his imagining of how the case for farmers will be presented.

Wealth could flow from our water

OPINION: Selling a trivial amount of our water could make NZ an extremely wealthy nation, Keith Woodford writes.

What dairying can do next

Agony of farming's down cycles

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

Nigel Anderson with son James, 13.

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

What dairying can do next

OPINION: How dairy farmers lost public respect - and what they should do now.

A worker at Levin Alliance meat plant's offal room as visitors look on.

Catching more offal

Alliance spends half a million at Levin plant.

advice

Grass-fed dairy system could add to pollution

Is the grass-fed approach to our dairy industry just adding to our nitrate pollution problems?

Is DairyNZ's grass fed policy hindering rather than helping the nitrates issue?

Leading light honoured for animal welfare work

Massey University Professor David Mellor, has been recognised for his work in animal welfare.

Valerie Adams is a multiple world champion and olympic medallist, but does she deserve a damehood?

Paid success no basis for gong

Making the Queen's Honours list should be about more than just doing your job, says farmer Ike Williams.

aquaculture

Raised quake seabed 'not a road'

Trevor Burkhart says the zone does not need 4WDs and quad bikes driving over it as nature settles into the changed ...

It's a raw and unsettled environment and commercial fishermen are upset people are allowed to drive on it.

Plastic rubbish among debris

Marine farmers are constantly picking up debris on beaches and in the waters across the top of the South Island.

Mo Pikia and Mya Blair, 9, digging for toheroa on Oreti Beach with family for Shaila Pikia's wedding feast to be held at ...

Toheroa survey to start

A survey of Oreti Beach will determine the population of toheroa, a native shellfish, that was declining in past surveys.

beef

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

Nigel Anderson with son James, 13.

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

Catching more offal

Alliance spends half a million at Levin plant.

Richard Subtil with the historic Omarama Station woolshed. He is shocked that anyone would want to vandalise his property.

'Gutless': $30,000 of tyres slashed

An electric fence had to be crossed to slash 44 tyres on Mackenzie Country irrigators in a possible environmental statement.

Sheep

Shearers set world record

Eru Weeds, of Ohai, at yesterday's world shearing record attempt in Hawke's Bay.

A former Southland shearer made his way into the world record book again after breaking the three-stand strong-wool ewes shearing record for eight hours.

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

Ward cricketers, from left, Kyle Bailey, 11, with James, 7, Harrison, 5 and Grayson Litchfield, 2, ready to swing the ...

Cricket bash after quake shake up

Cricket game will help earthquake affected community to relax, and forget challenges back on farm, for an afternoon

cropping

No tears in lead up to onion harvest

A sea of flower heads in an onion field near Renwick, Marlborough

All the signs are pointing to a good harvest for Marlborough onion seed grower Rob Harrison-Jones.

Cherry charters hit the skies

Singapore Airlines puts on four charter flights to get hundreds of tonnes of South Island cherries to Asia in time for Chinese New Year.

Taranaki Federated Farmers office manager Jessie Waite with the Richmond Trophy, awarded for Meat and Wool Farmer of the ...

Calling all turnip growers

Trophies that haven't seen the light of day for around 80 years will be now presented to a new generation of competitors.

agribusiness

Commodity prices on the up

Agricultural commodity prices are predicted to rise in 2017, fuelled by rising Chinese and Indian demand.

Rising dairy prices will lift commodity values this year, and even sheepmeat may show an improvement.

'Gutless': $30,000 of tyres slashed

An electric fence had to be crossed to slash 44 tyres on Mackenzie Country irrigators in a possible environmental statement.

If we sold one litre of water per day to 10 per cent of the Chinese population at an export value of $1 per litre, the ...

Wealth could flow from our water

OPINION: Selling a trivial amount of our water could make NZ an extremely wealthy nation, Keith Woodford writes.

Discovery

All aboard dairy regulation train

Theresa Wilson oversees projects involved in effluent management, nutrient management, greenhouse gases and animal welfare.

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

The mozzarella man

Meet a technologist who was a leader in Fonterra's breakthrough to produce a stable, profitable mozzarella.

A Chinese mother is shown serving Anmum to her daughter in this Fonterra publicity photograph.

Translating language of the lab

A Fonterra nutritionist helps to ensure that good nutrition remains at the core of what the co-op does and develops.

rural women

This farming mum's in charge

Caroline Smith juggles farming with caring for daughters Clara and Holly.

Don't ask to be put through to Caroline Smith's husband. He doesn't run the farm.

Taking stock: Over 800 of them

Reporter Karoline Tuckey hitches a ride for a day of stock trucking.

Karen Forlong credits a lot of her growth and personal wellbeing to being part of the Dairy Women's Network.

'Valued and connected' in dairy

Anne Boswell talks to an Atiamuri dairy farmer who can't sit still, busy with family, friends, land and organisations helping farming women succeed.

Video

At home with Fern the fawn

Watching cricket on telly has become a favourite activity for fawn named Fern.

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