Grass growth on the up

The grass is growing at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station.

Pasture growth rates are on the rise again at a South Taranaki research farm.

Farmer relief at dairy upturn

Chief executive Theo Spiering speaks to 200 shareholders at the Fonterra annual meeting.

Shareholders seemed satisfied with where the industry is heading at the Fonterra annual meeting at Darfield on Thursday.

Fonterra's rosy first quarter

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings addresses the 2016 AGM in Darfield.

Fonterra's AGM has been told revenue is up 5.9 per cent for the first quarter of the year.

Ovary scan could lift low calving rates

North Otago veterinarian and specialist beef breeder Neil Sanderson (left) meets with a leading Australian beef breeder ...

Rob Tipa reports on a cow fertility trial that could give a huge boost to agricultural earnings.

Fonterra boilover unlikely

Fonterra chairman John Wilson should have a less restless  AGM to chair tomorrow than he did last year.

Last year's fireworks are unlikely to repeat at Fonterra's annual general meeting on Thursday.

Farmer fined for snapping cows' tails

West Coast dairy farmer Warren McNabb has been disqualified from having any involvement with milking cows for six months.

Vet said he had never seen such "systematic and prolonged" abuse.

Finding Japan's sweet spot

Thursday could see temperature records fall.

Fonterra's cashing in on a voracious Japanese appetite for super-rich, premium icecream.

Farming run-off small in estuary

Jacobs River Estuary's main tributaries are the Aparima and Pourakino rivers.

Sediment tracking study finds most run-off is from bank erosion.

City kids do the dairy maths

Fernworth Primary School pupil David Clark, 8, collects grass for the dry matter challenge.

Primary school students experiencing farming for the first time are also sharpening their maths skills.

Farmers raise hands for dairy awards

Southland/Otago New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards managers Kelly and Jono Bavin at their Tussock Creek farm.

First time entrants make up 75 per cent of entries to the NZ Dairy Industry Awards for Southland/Otago.

Two new Fonterra directors

Incumbent director Michael Spaans.

Two Fonterra board nominees have been successfully elected as directors.

Grass is greener in Nelson paddocks

Dairy cows munch on grass in a paddock  near Rai Valley between Nelson and Blenheim.

 A wetter than usual November has seen greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

All aboard the 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.

Milk collection 'like Thanksgiving'

Fonterra trucks arrive in Kaikoura for the first milk collection since the November 14 earthquake. Pictured are farmer ...

Quake-affected Kaikoura dairy farmers celebrate the return of the milk tankers.

Cows avoid road, rail and air traffic

Cows on the Tripe family's Koromiko dairy farm have to walk under State Highway One and the main trunk line to milking ...

Traffic comes from every direction as Koromiko cows make their way to milking each day.

Honouring the past and looking to the future

Toasting the new Dairy Trust Taranaki as it came into being on Thursday are Stratford Demonstration farm chairman Graham ...

As the new Dairy Trust Taranaki honours its 200-year legacy, it's also focused on ensuring dairying research in the region will continue long into the future.

Key tips dairy payout spike later this season

Prime Minister John Key says it is unlikely the dairy payout will fall below $6/kg milk solids.
On the right is Waikato ...

Falling worldwide dairy production could see dairy prices spike later this season, Prime Minister John Key says.

Leading scientific research in Taranaki

Debbie McCallum has been appointed to the role of regional science co-ordinator for the new Dairy Trust Taranaki.

A respected Taranaki farm consultant will lead dairy research in the region.

Scholarships honour industry visionary

Applications close on Friday for a scholarship set up in memory of  John Young who was Kiwi Dairies chairman for six ...

Just days remain for Taranaki students to apply for scholarships that salute an dairy industry leader.

Still time to enter Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards

Mel and Rob van den Brand are convening the 2017 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards.

Prospective entrants still have time to submit their entries for the 2017 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards.

Hero sells big Otago dairy farm operation

One of New Zealand's larger private-structured dairy farming operations - producing some $8.5 million worth of milk a ...

A farmer who saved a woman during a flood is selling a big dairy operation.

Humane new bobby calf loader

Ivan Wilbore with his Oroua Bobby Loader, which he developed.  He is with Heidi Sixtus from Oroua Transport.

A bobby calf loader developed by a Feilding man meets animal welfare regulations.

Better pasture quality

Dry matter and metabolisable energy in the pasture have increased at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station ...

Pasture quality has improved at a Hawera research farm.

Open Country lifts milk price

Open Country Dairy has lifted its payout to $5.60-$5.90/kg milksolids, up from a range of $4.25-$4.45 in July.

Second biggest milk processor, Open Country Dairy, increases its full year average milk price forecast.

NZ the Detroit of agriculture?

Will vineyards end up being defunct yet picturesque tourist destinations as a result of technology?

OPINION: It might seem far-fetched to say NZ's in danger of becoming a rustbelt, but farming is a sunset industry.

Beware: Milk price fundamentals remain weak

Milk production in Waikato is down after a poor spring.

Keith Woodford says dairy volatility is still with us, and there is lots of uncertainty over the coming months.

Ground broken at Southern Dairy Hub

AgResearch chief executive Tom Richardson, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Southern Dairy Hub chairman ...

Southern farmers are being given credit for making the new Southern Dairy Hub a reality.

Dairy farmers looking good on Healthy Rivers

DairyNZ chairman Michael Spaans.

OPINION: Dairy farmers have worked hard to get their farms in order towards the Healthy Rivers plan.

Feed cargo importer's identity stays hidden

New Zealand is the largest user of palm kernel expeller, importing about a quarter of the world's supply.

MPI is keeping mum about the identity of the importer prevented from bringing in palm kernel into New Zealand.

Westland appoints Katie Milne director

West Coast farmer and Federated Farmers provincial president Katie Milne was named the 2015 Dairy Woman of the Year. She ...

Westland Milk Products has appointed highly regarded farmer Katie Milne as a board director and raised its payout .

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