Milk production ahead in Southland

Southland milk production has overcome a national downward trend this summer.

Southland milk production is up 2.5 per cent on last summer.

Geek power to help farmers

Colyton farmer Mat Hocken who wants to see more technolgy on farms.

Hackathon brings farmers and geeks together to find solutions for technology on farms.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

More milk from stress-free cows

Low stress cows produce more milk.

Low stressed cows mean more milk in the vat, says DairyNZ.

Environment hot spots on farms

Farm environmental plans allow farmers to tailor their farm's environmental activities to manage risks in relation to ...

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

Bobby calf confusion cleared

The dairy industry's treatment of bobby calves has come under scrutiny following footage captured by hidden cameras ...

Farmers turned out in droves to discuss new bobby calf rules.

Cutting feed costs appeals to farmers

Brad Markham, left, and Matthew Herbert hope to cut their feed bill without cutting production through DairyNZ's Tiller ...

Reducing the feed bill without losing milk in the vat sounds pretty attractive to Matthew Herbert and Brad Markham.

More dairy awards finalists found

Phillip van Heuven is one of the finalists in the Waikato Share Farmer of the Year contest.

The Auckland/Hauraki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty finalists for the national dairy industry awards have been named

War on rustlers to go high-tech

Stock theft is estimated to cost Kiwi farmers about $120 million a year.

A new animal tracking system could be a valuable weapon in war on stock theft.

Milk collection still down

Fonterra's milk collection has dropped 5 per cent nationwide from June 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Poor weather continues to hamper milk collection for Fonterra.

China drives A2 profit surge

Revenue for the company's infant formula made from A2 milk jumped in both Australia and China.

NZ company boasts of strong demand for its infant milk formula in China, unlike some Aussie rivals.

Water polluting hypocrisy

Auckland beaches are being closed and the council is saying, "Houston, we have a problem, but we will fix it in 20 ...

OPINION: Those accusing farming of degrading rivers should look at their own backyard first.

Milk volatility here to stay

Andrew Hoggard fears milk price volatility will be around for while yet.

Volatility is still the dreaded 'V' word for dairy farmers.

Manawatu dairy award finalists

Shane True is employed by Nigel Taylor, a dairy farmer who employs people who have won or entered the regional dairy awards.

The finalists have been revealed for the Manawatu final of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

Egg throwing record up for grabs

Steve Hollander founder of the Hilux Rural Games which are coming to Manawatu for the first time.  They are coming in March.

The 77-metre world record for egg throwing could be scrambled at the Rural Games.

Rural advisers with stickability needed

Professor Mike Hedley, who is the director of Massey University Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre.

Rural advisers wanted, but must have stickability.

Manawatu's never-ending spring

James Stewart  Federated farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president wants more sun and less wind.

Wind bashed farmers are getting tired of too much wind and rain in Manawatu and too little sun.

No rules for dairying in year 2042

Massey University Emeritus Professor Russ Tillman looks ahead to dairying in 2042.

Market and tax-driven incentives for dairying in 2042 rather than rules could be the reality.

Queen loses Kiwi cow breeder

Otorohanga jersey cattle breeder Don Ferguson in 2013 with three-year-old jersey cow, Ferdon Folly's Lulu, one of the ...

Prominent jersey breeder and co-owner of cows that belong to Queen Elizabeth has died.

Farmers first to change land type

Doug and Kathy Wallace will use the drystock part of their farm to  graze their heifer replacements.

Doug and Kathy Wallace are the first Waikato farmers to successfully receive a land use change consent under the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Two women in young farmer final

Sam Heaven competing in 2010.

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

Paradise ducks in firing line

Fish & Game has declared a special summer hunting season for paradise shelduck in Taranaki.

A special hunting season is declared to stop mobs of the birds wreaking havoc on farms.

LIC profit up, revenue down

LIC has lifted profits in its half year result.

Demand for herd testing and artificial breeding helped LIC gain a 21 per cent increase in profit in its half year result.

Dairy awards finalists found

Last year's national Share Farmer of the Year winners,  Mark and Jaime Arnold.

Finalists from Hawke's Bay/Wairarapa, Manawatu, Northland and Taranaki for the Dairy Industry Awards have been named.

Farming of past won't feed world

Applying targeted solutions at a farm level is the best way of reducing farming's environmental impact, Andrew Hoggard says.

OPINION: There is no justification to claim modern agriculture is broken, Andrew Hoggard says.

Drought begins to bite pastures

Green kikuyu grass growing in one of Lyn Webster's paddocks where cows are due to go into on her Northland farm.

Soil moisture levels have dried up incredibly fast in Northland, Lyn Webster says.

The secrets of success

Tony Coltman has overseen a surge in production.

Top-performing Canterbury dairy farmer Tony Coltman is happy to share the secrets of his success.

The stuff cheese is made of video

Piles of perfect processed cheese slices ready to go into burgers around the world.

Tucked away in a small Taranaki town, you might call this the world centre of fast food cheese.

Farmer competition hotting up for final

Arjan Van't Klooster is tipped to win the regional final on February 24. Here he tries floral decoration with fiance ...

A 25-year-old farm owner is among the favourites for the Aorangi Young Farmer of the Year competition.

Handing on the baton

Christine and Paul Gibson are moving to Tauranga.

Anne Boswell spoke to a dairy farming family in transition as the baton changes hands.

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