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Sharemilking still a viable option

Sharemilking is still a good way to progress in the industry says Mark Paine, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader for ...

 

High country runholders must adapt

Merino farmer Simon Williamson, left, and American fabric supplier Jose Fernandez  at Glenbrook Station in the MacKenzie ...

Mackenzie Country run holder Simon Williamson keeps busy both on and off the farm.

Quick check could save thousands

Calf sheds mean calves are well-protected.

Not far from farmers' minds are the regular Global Dairy Trade auctions.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Make a business plan ahead of busy spring period

Dairy farmers are advised to make a business plan before they get caught up with calving.

The term "planning" has been a major point of discussion at a number of farm discussion groups we have attended in the past few weeks.

What's China got against NZ? gallery video

Manawatu dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard, who chairs the Federated Farmers dairy division, says a trade war with China is ...

Is China really angry enough at New Zealand to throttle our dairy, wool and fruit exports? Here are the facts.

Pitfalls of equity partnerships

A sharemilking agreement is a  tried and true structure that still provides a pathway to farm ownership.

Jaimee Clifton argues that herd-owning sharemilking may be a better path to farm ownership than an equity partnership.

Massey's strong links with China

Li Yansong who is the vice president of Peking University and Hugh Blair  Professor of Animal Science, Massey University ...

A delegation from Massey visited China's Shihezi University to open a new animal health and breeding centre.

Velvetleaf headache for farmers

The Ministry for Primary industries is holding meetings in velvetleaf affected regions. Horizon's Biosecurity ...

A watchful eye is needed for velvetleaf weed as their seeds can last for 50 years in soils.

Calving soon prompts disease alert

Tick control is crucial during high tick-risk and when animals are under stress, such as calving and peak milk production..

A theileria blood sucking insect is a risk for dairy farmers as calving is about to start.

Equity partnerships provide pathway to farm ownership

An equity partnership allows individuals to gain a share of ownership in a dairy farm.

The dairy sector is under significant pressure.

Mild winter feels good, but isn't

The giant willow aphid arrived just over two years ago but has rapidly spread around the country.

It's warm, the grass is green, and all is well. Not so - it's a fool's paradise.

Dairy effluent a problem in Hauraki

Waikato Regional Council inspections have revealed some farmers are irrigating cow effluent onto high risk soils.

Dairy farm inspectors note effluent storage is undersized and high risk soils irrigated on Hauraki Plains.

Northland farmers hit by leptospirosis

Hawke's Bay farmer Phil Cregoe (pictured with wife Jo) was struck down by leptospirosis seven years ago.

While leptospirosis has been in decline in recent decades, this year has seen a spike in cases in Northland.

Manawatu vet finalist for consultant comp

Veterinarian Trevor Cook, talking to farmers during a community group day near Halcombe in Manawatu, is a finalist in ...

A Manawatu vet is a finalist for consultant of the year.

More funds for drought regions

At the beginning of 2015, Greta Valley sheep and beef farmer David Meares was selling off lambs as a drought loomed. ...

Eastern South Island gets extra $88,000 as region reels from impact of second year without significant rain.

Payback from well-treated animals

Professor Temple Grandin talks about animal welfare.

Animals will deliver more meat and milk if treated well, says US animal welfare academic.

Easy cash for winter

Claiming excise duty on petrol used on farms can generate large refunds.

Filing an excise duty claim will generate winter cash.

Water Accord shows our environmental commitment

DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, sustainability.

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New regulations for bobby calves

DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager Jenny Jago

By Jenny Jago – DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager 

Know the worms in your garden

Tiger worms live in compost and leaf litter

All those red, brown and grey wrigglers are a sure sign of a healthy patch.

Cashflow is the lifeblood of a business

Setting a budget helps you manage your cashflow.

Understanding cashflow means farmers can manage their business well.

Time to review employment agreements, says lawyer

New legislation allows farmers to discuss availability provisions with their staff.

Amendments to employment legislation do not necessarily mean farmers' costs have increased, says New Plymouth lawyer Phil McCarthy.

Farmers' health at risk

Farm consultant Ian Handcock encourages farmers to get off their quad bikes and mountain bike the farm more often.

If Irish farmers are any guide, their Kiwi counterparts could do well to better look after their health.

End of white gold fever

Massey University director of agri-food business Professor Claire Massey who has edited a book on dairy farming, the ...

A new book about the milk business asks the hard questions rather than answering them.

Farmer steps up in high country

Glenbrook Station runholder Simon Williamson will have plenty on his hands as he takes up the reins as Federated Farmers ...

 

Careful records pay off at Telford

Discussing the merits of hogget mating are (from left) southern farm consultant Graham Butcher, Telford Farm board ...

Lamb finishing, hogget mating and weaner deer trials using FarmIQ software are all underway at Telford.

Spreading the message of good health

DairyNZ has put rural mental health under the microscope.

DairyNZ reckons mental wellness is a good yarn worth spreading.

Director responsibility to shareholders

Ike Williams is a ram breeder from Raincliff.

Opinion: Company directors sometimes forget that they are representing shareholders and need to keep them informed.

Clarity awaited on changes to employment act

Employers and employees still want clarity around remuneration for on-call work.

Changes to employment law that were designed to prohibit zero hour contracts may increase costs for farmers and other businesses where work is performed on-call.

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