Big changes for Century farm

Waikato Century Farm award winners Alan (left) Les and Gwen Syme.

Change is the only constant when you're farming and a Tirau, Waikato dairy farming family has seen more than most.

Supplements increase total profit

Good quality well-managed pasture is an excellent feed for dairy cows - if only cows could graze more of it, says Howard ...

Using supplements to maximise our competitive advantage of cheap surplus protein in pasture makes perfect economic sense, says a consultant.

Dairy women get udderly up-to-date

Deosan staff Kerry Ring and Aimee Robinson demonstrate effective teat spraying.

Udderly devastating effects from antimicrobial resistance.

Surplus dairy cows attract big bids

The $2900 cow from the Matai Farms on-farm sale.

Surplus dairy cows sell well in Southland auction.

Animal health and environment rules tax farmers

Federated Farmers Southland dairy chairman Graeme McKenzie speaks at the group's annual meeting this month.

Southland dairy farmers need to keep on top of the issues.

Lots of change needed for farming

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston speaks at the group's Southland annual meeting this month.

Farmers are on a journey of adapting to change.

Understanding base and marginal milk

Farmers should maximise their overall profitability, not focusing solely on reducing costs per milksolid.

Dairy nutrionist Howard de Klerk wants to correct a misperception.

Farming at the touch of a button

Revolution Dairies director David Johnston with one of his Lely A4 robots while it milks a cow on the Wreys Bush farm.

A smartphone can control the day-to-day running on a dairy farm.

Growing thirst for buffalo milk

Milking buffalo cattle could be a viable income for lifestyle block holders.

Milking buffalos could be the next income earner for small block holders.

Fieldays innovation awards expand

There are 71 entries in this years Innovation Awards at Fieldays including entries in animal science and genetics.

Fieldays is expanding its innovations awards at the Mystery Creek event.

Plenty of stretch in mozzarella

Mozzarella is a popular pizza ingredient.

World dairy experts believe NZ's 'mozzarella' approach can improve cream cheese and other foods.

Learning from Tillamook dairy

A Tillamook compost barn with clean dry cows.

Keith Woodford says there are lessons to learn from Oregon dairy farming.

Historic pollution rights reward polluters

Drystock farmers fear the rules of plan change 1 will remove the flexibility within their farm system that they require ...

 Grandparenting is the wrong approach to take when it comes to capping nutrient limits on land use, Rick Burke says.

Election issues heat up for dairy

A DairyNZ survey showed 59 per cent of New Zealanders thought dairy farmers were doing a good job  - with just one ...

Water quality, greenhouse gas emissions and public perception are the most pressing issues for dairy farmers.

Top herd goes under the hammer

A long-established dairy herd with some of the highest breeding worth in the country has been sold at auction in  Stratford.

A dairy herd attracted high prices at an auction in Taranaki.

Century old trophies awarded again

Fodder Beet

After decades spent gathering dust in the back of a cupboard, Taranaki's crop competition trophies have been awarded again.

More milk to come from north

Extra milk needed by the world is likely to come from the northern hemisphere.

New Zealand will struggle to be a significant player in dairy demand in next five years.

Fonterra forecast tipped to start low

Fonterra announces its farmer prices this week.

Farmers will be watching closely Fonterra's opening season farmgate forecast.

Challenging season for Owl Farm

Owl farm manager Tom Buckley was pleased with this season's milk production given the weather challenges that occurred  ...

The 2016-17 dairy season has been extremely testing, but Owl Farm has ultimately come out the other side.

Keeping the milk cool

Alan Steele invented the Vari-COOL technology and says the ability to demonstrate the technology is giving it traction.

An innovative milk chilling system is helping improve milk quality, save energy and lower power bills.

Myrtle rust spreads

Myrtle rust has been found at a nursery in Northland.

Eight sites nationwide infected as fungus spreads in Taranaki.

Young couple proud dairy farmers

NZ Dairy Trainee of the Year Clay Paton, left, with Roman, daughter Isla and his wife Joy. Paton's urging young people ...

More young New Zealanders need to look to dairying as a career, says Clay Paton, 24.

Farming JV with Chinese ends

Landcorp chief executive Steve Carden speaks at a ceremony marking the end of a partnership with Shanghai Pengxin to ...

A joint venture to manage 16 farms previously owned by the Crafar family has ended.

Downpours won't douse rural spirit

Some of the flood damage on Waikato farms will take months to repair and has caused thousands of dollars of damage.

Weather gods are conspiring against farmers.

No more rain please - farmers

Paddocks are sodden and it is still officially autumn at Turakina in Rangitikei.

Winter has yet to arrive and Manawatu farms are soaking wet.

Fonterra brain food helps kids

A Fonterra ingredient has been developed from cows' milk to help deliver complex milk lipids in infant formula.

A dairy ingredient helping to develop the brain of young children is a top award finalist.

Fonterra's precious cheese library

James Harnett in the Microbial Fermentation Unit laboratory at the Fonterra Research and Development Centre.

Fonterra's library of cheese starters is unique.

Cow numbers moving up

Deciding how many dairy cattle there are in New Zealand depends on when you count them and what you count.

Dairy cattle numbers swell despite some calls to reduce nation's cow herds.

Cold cows kept warm by science

Dairy cows don't like lying down in muddy paddocks.

Cows wading in freezing winter mud may upset townies, but the animals can cope if the conditions are right.

Healthy milking herd pays dividends

Ben and Tanya Davie with Jacob, 3, Luke, 5, Oliver, 7, and Charlotte, 9. The Clydevale couple won two awards for ...

Ben and Tanya Davie are farming to future-proof their operation.

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