Farmers breached milking order

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley, pictured, and his wife Suzanne Woolley have been found guilty of breaching a no milking order at their Glenmae farm outside Blenheim.

Marlborough dairy farmers found guilty of permitting their cattle to be milked in breach of an Environment Court order.

Chinese stockmarket slide cause for minor concern

Chinese demand for New Zealand dairy products depends more on a global over-supply flattening out than its sharemarket wobbles.

On the surface, the Chinese stockmarket and Greek concerns look worrying when our largest food export, dairy, is struggling.

Banks 'reluctant' to force farm sales

Bill English says the Government has been in talks with banks about troubles facing the dairy sector.

Banks will be reluctant to force indebted dairy farmers to sell up, Finance Minister predicts.

Bank pressure starts on farmers

Pukeatua farmer Chris Lewis says dairy farmers won't forget if banks go too tough on them.

The first signs that banks are calling on dairying couples to reduce their debt levels by selling up assets are making farmers nervous.

Southern dairy farmers could cut back

Edendale Dairy farmer Matthew Richards inspects the farm effluent field.

Environmental spending could go on the backburner as dairy payouts drop.

Cool heads urged for Fonterra elections

New Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman Duncan Coull.

Upcoming Fonterra director elections are not "a popularity contest", says the new chairman of the company's shareholder council.

Cows master maze, make mice look dim

Alexandra Green, a 21-year-old honours student at Sydney University, developed a test to see if cows could follow sound to navigate a maze.

Everyone knows rats and mice can navigate mazes, but cows?

Collaboration behind success

Farmers are working hard to keep our environment healthy, especially in the Waikato.

Farmers have worked hard at improving their environmental impact, and plenty of others have chipped in to help. But there's still a way to go.

Dairy farmers crack down on costs

The cow business has got tougher as dairy farmers recover from the shock of another drop in the milk market.

North Canterbury's dairy farmers resigned to a second low payout year are unlikely to break even let alone make a profit in a difficult season ahead of them.

Xmas present for dairy farmers

Dairy experts will help farmers get a lift from their pasture to boost their pre-Xmas earnings

DairyNZ offering one-on-one support to help dairy farmers grow and harvest an extra tonne of pasture which could boost income by an extra $30,000.

Dairy factory project plans progress

An artist's impression of Fonterra's proposed new milk dryers at its Studholme plant near Waimate as they would appear from Molloy's Rd.

Plans to expand two South Canterbury dairy factories are progressing.

China has huge dairy product mountain

Finance Minister Bill English says the dairy industry faces a "perfect storm" creating an international glut of product.

China is sitting on "mountains" of excess dairy product, Bill English says.

Dairy Holdings holds its own

Colin Glass CEO of Dairy Holdings Ltd.: "We are just hunkering down and making sure our costs of production are in order."

There is air of calm around NZ's largest dairy enterprise despite all the gloom currently surrounding the industry.

Impact of the floods still felt

Dairy NZ consultant Scott Cameron says it has been a hard winter.

Cows leased out to other farmers while grass seed gets established on hard-hit flood farms.

Keep an eye on your dairy bulls

Whanganui Veterinary Services Dr John Pickering talks about which bulls are best for dairy heifers.

Dairy farmers told to keep an eye on their dairy bulls to see how they are performing.

Light at end of effluent tunnel

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis has spent thousands on environmental initiatives on his farm.

Big sending to reduce dairy effluent behind a drop in enforcement action.

Open Country slashes milk price forecast

Open Country Dairy

NZ's second biggest milk processor has slashed its milk payout forecast by more than $1kg for the season as industry pessimism deepens.

Dairying eyes on advance rate

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Beleaguered dairy farmers more concerned about probable cut in early season advance rate than a season milk price forecast update from Fonterra.

Dairy heifers need to be raised ready for mating

At Netherton farm near Marton,  Dairy NZ consulting officer for southern Waikato, Sarah Dirks said heifers needed to reach sexual maturity before mating.

Heifers need to be 60 per cent of their final body weight to get the maximum mated.

Keep calving and carry on

Waikato farmers Pete and Ann Morgan are in it for the long haul, so are tightening their belts while carrying on with calving.

It's heads down on Waikato farms, despite tough times.

Web of supply and demand that's got out of kilter

Stu Gray

Head of Fonterra’s cooperative affairs (Canterbury) Stu Gray, is frank when he says he never thought dairy prices would drop so far.

Some dairy farmers will go bust

Newly indebted farmers will be the hardest hit by falling dairy prices, an economist says.

Falling dairy prices will spell the end for some farmers, Federated Farmers president William Rolleston says.

Some dairy farmers will go bust

Labour Party primary industries spokesman Damien O'Connor, right, has warned low dairy prices will put some South Canterbury farmers out of business. O'Connor made the comments during a visit to Juice Products new Zealand Limited's factory in Washdyke with David Parker, left.

Low dairy prices will force some farmers out of the industry, Labour's agriculture spokesman says.

Farmer fined for cow deaths

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Farmers busy taking on the role of "midwives" looking after the calving cows  making sure all runs smooth.
Cambridge, St Peters College, Owl Farm.
Calf and Cow in the paddock

The 54-year-old was disqualified from owning or being in charge of animals for two years.

You can only control employment

Make sure you have a plan heading into the calving and lambing seasons.

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

Farmers are resilient - Joyce

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the Government is helping out cash-strapped farmers and they shouldn't try and do it alone.

As the price of dairy continues to dive the country's economic development minister says farmers have dealt with this kind of challenge before.

Fonterra scraps 523 jobs

Fonterra southern operations manager Richard Gray with the new silos installed on the plant as a part of the $150 million expansion.

Struggling with falling dairy prices, Fonterra hopes to save up to $60m a year through staff cuts.

Fall in dairy prices a downer for farmers

Dairy farmers will close chequebooks as prices fall again at the global auction.

Dairy farmers uneasy over Fonterra cuts

Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard has questioned the motives of the Fonterra job cuts.

Farmers would frown on Fonterra carrying out its scrapping of 523 jobs as a knee-jerk reaction to low milk prices.

Judge reserves verdict in dairy trial

A judge will rule at the end of  next week if Phillip Woolley, pictured, and his wife Suzanne Woolley permitted a breach of a no milking order.

The Marlborough District Council has been accused of "relentlessly pursuing" Marlborough’s biggest dairy farmers.

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