Blame government, not dairy farmers

Government is putting in place retrospective regulations, Peter McDonald says.

The dairy industry is feeling the heat from its wide array of critics.

The rule of thumb for stock units

How much dry matter do you need to feed?

There's always useful "rules of thumb" that can quickly let you assess issues, Graham Butcher writes.

The lowdown on drones

A drone is just a vehicle that might carry some useful technology.

Would a drone help on the farm? DairyNZ has some advice.

World Wide Sires sales booming

Hank Lina: Breeding worth tends to be the currency for dairy breeding in this country but it's not the only way to judge ...

Sales for importer of US dairy genetics World Wide Sires New Zealand (WWSNZ) are booming and interest in genetic options increases.

Farmers should bite the bullet, get consented

Lime is sprayed over a farm alongside Lake Ellesmere on a strong northerly day, blowing the lime into the lake.

Farmers must see consented farming in a positive light, says arable farmer Dave Birkett.

FE on rise even with rain and cool

Facial eczema spore counts have risen.  This cow is showing extreme clinical facial eczema  impacts.


Facial eczema spores on rise in spite of rain and cool temperatures.

Kiwis flock to raise hens

Keeping egg laying chickens is more poplar on lifestyle blocks.

As people look to avoid cage-laid eggs, keeping chickens at home becomes popular.

Farmers on collision course with synthetic food

Farm foresters at a field day.

Farmers need to get ready for synthetic milk and meat, says a KMPG agriculture manager.

Farming is in good hands

Brent Fisher of Silverstream Charolais and Herefords is part of the display awarded Best Small Site at the South Island ...

The South Island Agricultural Field Days were a success, proving that agriculture is in good hands in 2017.

Where the effluent buck stops

Being able to show that all reasonable steps have been taken to prevent problems in the first place, and swift actions ...

There is no simple answer to the question of who is liable if there is a significant effluent breach on a farm.

Farmers' Forums held in May

Improving dairy herd fertilility will be a focus at this years Farmers Forums held across the country.

DairyNZ will highlight new technologies and tools for farmers in their upcoming Farmers' Forums.

Shelter trees have many farming fruits

Shelterbelts cut exposure to wind, rain and cold in winter, as well as reducing heat stress on livestock at hotter times ...

There are many advantages to using trees as shelter on farms.

A warmer globe will have a huge impact on farmers

Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment at the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation conference.

Livestock industry will have to mitigate greenhouse gases says NZ climate ambassador.

Astounding feat by 25 volunteers

Brent Fisher of Silverstream Charolais and Herefords is part contributor to the display awarded best small site at the ...

The South Island Agricultural Field Days has been a resounding success thanks to a loyal team of volunteers.

Mud galore at SI field days

No, not something prehistoric, but an AirSep "spudnik" potato harvester.

Grey weather and a bit of mud fails to deter crowds on the first day of the South Island Agricultural Field Days

Farmers aware of greenhouse gas role

New Zealand farmers are much more aware of the greenhouse gas emissions from their livestock than 15 years ago, Dr Harry ...

Farmers are aware livestock greenhouse gas emissions - but reducing them in NZ is hard.

Farmer's depression breakthrough

Farmers are reluctant to talk about depression.

The secrets of a private, introverted farmer's heart have resonated with thousands.

One stop drought monitor

NIWA's New Zealand drought index.

A new drought monitor will help farmers keep a weather eye out.

Court costly legal option for farmers

Be prepared for the worst, Graham Butcher says.

Farmers should always consider the risk in court proceedings, writes Graham Butcher.

Overseer fends off criticism

Overseer adds value for farms by analysing and predicting the nutrient loss response from changes made on farm to manage ...

Overseer responds to criticism about its accuracy.

Peninsula farm builds clover pastures

The trial plot for the clover pasture renewal showing areas that have been sprayed out and areas that have regenerated

A Banks Peninsula farming couple is experimenting with clover regeneration on their hill side pastures with top results.

Carbon forest specs too small

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston says many trees planted by farmers aren't taken into account for emissions ...

Changes to the definition of a carbon forest would help farmers benefit from trading in carbon credits.

GM food - who to believe

Ike Williams is a stud sheep breeder from Pleasant Point.

OPINION: Allowing GM crops to be grown in NZ is a decision to be determined by government, not regional or district councils.

1.2 million milking sheep in France

At the Sheep Milk NZ Conference were guest speakers from France, Gilles Fregeat and Marion Benoit, who have co-authored ...

France's 1.2 million milking sheep compares with the New Zealand flock of 33,000.

Risk to NZ from Fiji 'miracle water'

It does not matter where water comes from, it cannot enter into New Zealand without treatment.

Hundreds have tried to import water from the "Lourdes of the Pacific" - but it could do more harm than good.

Growing taste for sheep milk

Sheep milk being made into paneer cheese.

More people trying sheep milk products and more producers in New Zealand.

FEP workshop appreciated by farmers

James Hoburn of Beef +Lamb New Zealand conducts a farm environment plan workshop at the Woodbury Hall for a bunch of ...

A group of South Canterbury farmers gets together to take part in a farm environment plan workshop.

Countdown on for field days

A scene from the 2016 annual South Island Agricultural Field Days held at Kirwee. This year promises to be bigger and better.

In less than two weeks time, 30,000 people will pour through the gates of the South Island Agricultural Field Days event.

Dairy prices should remain the same next year says economist

ASB rural economist Nathan Penny.

Dairy price should stay around $6 a kilogram of milk solids next year says chief economist.

Farmers to benefit from rules

Manuka forest on Ken and Sandra Sandford's sheep and beef "hobby farm" at Hurleyville. The Sandfords received the ...

Consumers are demanding more oversight of food production, and NZ farmers will have to shape up.

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