Once-a-day milking suits

Greg Topless, holding three-year-old daughter Faith, and wife Hannah milked their herd once a day in their first season of ownership of a dairy farm at Strathmore, east of Stratford.

New dairy farm owners thrilled with their decision to milk their herd once a day.

Debt likely for dairy farmers

Dairy industry experts say lower milk payouts will leave farmers needing to borrow to survive.

Dairy industry experts say lower milk payouts will leave farmers needing to borrow to survive.

Grim times for dairy farmers

Waikato farmer Guy Kalma is just one of hundreds disappointed in Fonterra's reduced dairy payout .

It was the news every Waikato dairy farmer feared and had braced for.

Farmers face 'brutal' times

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Federated Farmers predict brutal six months ahead for dairy farmers as Fonterra cuts milk price forecast for this season.

West Coast farmers beating Fonterra

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

West Coast farmers are two-up on Fonterra shareholders.

Organic milk provides a feel good factor

Manawatu dairy farmer Mark Flipp toasts his organic milk.

Less is sometimes more according to organic dairy farmer Mark Flipp.

Dairy farmers in anxious wait

Predictions are for a higher Fonterra payout to dairy farmers in the coming season, compared to the present.

Dairy farmers anxiously awaiting Fonterra's next season's new milk price forecast told it will be "conservative'' by ASB.

Farmers collect riparian plants

O'Neill O'Carroll helped farmers gather up their plants when they went to the the Taranaki Regional Council's Lepperton nursery to collect their riparian plants.

Farmers are heading to the Taranaki Regional Council's (TRC) depots this week to collect 400,000 plants that will protect the region's water quality.

Westland lifts milk payout prediction

Westland Milk Products hopes its increased nutritional production at its Hokitika site will help provide a better payout for farmers.

Westland retains its payout for 2014-15 season but lifts its prediction for 2015-16

Discuss jerseys together

Jersey breeders discuss the breed at a new event.

Matamata jersey breeders are encouraged to join a discussion group focused on the cow breed.

Positive spin to gloomy dairy outlook

Equity dairy farmers Craig Young (left) and Roger Duff have tightened their governance structure in the wake of the gloomy dairy outlook.

The gloomy dairy outlook had a positive spin off for Koromatua dairy farmers.

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

Dairy farmer Lyn Webster.

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Roads sold to Fonterra

An artist's impression of Fonterra's proposed new milk dryers at its Studholme plant.

Waimate District Council to receive $155,000 for the sale of roads around Fonterra's Studholme dairy factory.

Chinese dairy giant's formula sales disappoint

Pure Canterbury infant formula.

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula brand sold to China's biggest cities.

Despite low payout, Matamata farms are still selling quickly

Jack Van Lierop from LJ Hooker Matamata, who won the trophy for Top Rural salesperson for LJ Hooker in 2014, said dairy farms were selling in a month to five weeks.

Rural real estate agents all agree that, despite Fonterra’s projected low pay out, dairy farms in Matamata are selling quickly.

More milk price transparency urged

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

There's milk in them thar hills

Gary (left) and Ben Mackintosh on their Putorino farm in northern Hawke's Bay

Dairy farming on hill country, doing a university degree, starting a new business and working with dad to keep family land in the family. All in a day's work for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

The deal to clean up Lake Ellesmere

Ta Mark Solomon of Ngai Tahu, left, Donald Couch, ECan commissioner, and Dame Margaret Bazley, ECan chair, at Couch's retirement party earlier this year. It was understood that a water deal in Couch's district, Selwyn-Waihora, would be hard, but lead to deals elsewhere.

Will dairy intensification pay for better water quality?

Chinese take milk battle to Fonterra

Otorohanga dairy factory

Waikato welcomes it's third Chinese dairy factory in as many years.

Is Fonterra's iron-grip slipping?

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Fonterra's taken the hits, but suppliers should stay, says dairy farmer.

Rural support in high demand

Steve Canton of Dairy NZ (left) and sharemilker Richard McIntyre at his farm.

Stressed dairy farmers going to Manawatu family farming trust for help to deal with low milk payout.

Dirty dairying farmer's appeal dismissed

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Dirty dairy farmer Phillip Woolley has had his appeal against his convictions and sentence dismissed.

Milk price slump a two-year setback

Waihou dairy farmer Andrew McGiven, left, and his contract milker Graham Wallace outline how they are trying to cut costs at a DairyNZ field day on his farm.

It will take at least two years for Andrew McGiven's dairy farm business to recover from the current slump in dairy prices.

Young Ayrshire enthusiast has long pedigree

Robyn Gordon gets up close and personal with one of her
pets, Kenmure Eetty Oma Bon. 15 year old Robyn is a keen Ayrshire advocate, as she is a fourth generation breeder, and lives on the same Durham Rd, Inglewood, farm where her great grandfather, Jim Gordon, established the Kenmure stud in 1938.

As far as 15-year-old Robyn Gordon is concerned Ayrshires are the only breed worth farming.

Further falls for dairy prices

A screen grab from the GlobalDairyTrade website show recent auction price trends.

Prices slip at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction for the fifth time in a row, with more expected.

Film boosts Taranaki maize

Maize planted under biodegradable film on a farm near Midhirst last spring.

Biodegradable film trialled allows maize to be grown early or in non-traditional areas.

Taranaki farmer 'shamed' by union

President of the CTU Helen Kelly has named and shamed New Zealand dairy farmers on social media who are offering poor wages with excessive hours for workers.

A Trade union boss has named and shamed a Taranaki farmer on social media.

Dairy Hub decision soon

An artist's impression of what the proposed Southern Dairy Hub might look like.

The fate of the $26.5 million Southern Dairy Hub proposal should be decided this month.

Ads give false face for farming

Federated Farmer Dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

Poorly written job adverts by employers giving a false impression of the industry, farming boss says.

ComCom to probe dairy competition

Fonterra's impact on competition in the dairy sector is to be investigated by the Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission is to probe the impact Fonterra has had on competition in NZ's dairy sector.

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