Farmers keen on loan offer

Fonterra is encouraging farmers to apply early for loans.

Fonterra swamped with responses to its offer of interest-free support loans to its payout beleaguered farmers..

Dairy auction rise welcomed

Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard at his farm in Kiwitea.

Global auction of dairy products rises but will need further increases to show a trend.

Caring couple still smiling

Taranaki farmers Susan and Calum Roach who farm at Opunake are still smiling despite a less than perfect start to the season.

Farming couple still smiling despite heavy rain, flooding and a lower dairy payout.

It's all about teamwork

Outram farmers Duncan and Ann-Marie Wells who won the 2015 Dairy Business of the Year Supreme award say good governance plays a big part in their success.

An award-winning Otago farming couple credit their success to hard work and good governance.

Swedes risk advice 'correct'

Analysis confirms advice to not feed maturing swede crops to cows.

Analysis confirms advice that feeding maturing swede crops increases risk of ill-health in cows, DairyNZ says.

Banks back struggling farmers

Only 6.6 per cent of dairy farmers say they have come under undue pressure from banks over their mortgage.

A new survey shows banks are supporting struggling dairy farmers. But it comes with a warning that it may not last.

Dairy prices still rising

Price rises were backed by 166 participating bidders trading 35,865 metric tonnes of dairy product.

But difficult times are far from over for farmers after the second positive dairy auction in a row.

Dairying a big factor in vehicle sales

Audi New Zealand's general manager Dean Sheed.

Dairy payout fall slowing down new vehicle sales in areas where dairy farming is a big part of the economy.

Liquidation of dairy business

There is increasing concern that more dairy businesses will face liquidation following the Fonterra dairy payout drop.

Woodville dairy support business goes into liquidation - the first of others expected says a liquidator.

Anger at lack of farm trees

A lucky cow in the shade during a hot summer. Plant more trees is the call from a retired dairy farmer.

Dairy farmers would get better production if they planted a few trees and shelter belts.

Making Holstein history in NZ

Te Awamutu breeder Wendy Harker is the new president of Holstein Friesian New Zealand

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Farmers hit with $157k bill

24082015 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Fairfax NZ.  From left, Monne and Ruth Bruinsma with Ruth's parents Karen and Charles Irving, are facing $157,000 in fees following an attempt to secure a resource consent for a dairy conversion in the Waituna catchment.

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

Changes in dairying

Moutoa dairy farmer Jared Whitfield who is cutting bought-in feed to cope with low dairy prices.

Farmers are dealing with a lower dairy payout by cutting inputs - but they can't make ends meet and DairyNZ says farmers will lose $280,000 each on average this season.

Rout unlikely to hit dairy prices

An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing,

China's sharemarket meltdown is unlikely to further weaken dairy commodity prices.

Minister rules out taxpayer support for Landcorp

Rotorua MP Todd McLay says there will be no taxpayer-funded bailout for Landcorp.

State owned enterprise minister Todd McClay says Landcorp won't turn a profit for "the next few years" and is again foreshadowing land sales.

Act of kindness appreciated

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

'Water is the next gold'

Jerry and Diana Greer at home at The Brow.

Creating a bright future for their grandchildren is a goal for this couple, who also hope a Ruataniwha dam is part of that.

Increase in lease bulls expected

Steven and Theresa Stark farm up to 600 lease service bulls in Waikato.

A Waikato couple are gearing up for heavier than usual demand from dairy farmers for their wide variety of lease service bulls.

Protect sharemilkers and image

New Zealand Federated Farmers sharemilker employers chairman Tony Wilding, of South Waikato and his deputy, Brendan Attrill, of Taranaki, are concerned about the plight of sharemilkers in the wake of two seasons of projected low payouts.

Dairy industry leaders urging farmers to work with their sharemilkers so the traditional pathway to farm ownership is protected.

Downturn means mediators get busy

Professional mediator John Larmer at home in Taranaki. He expects to be busier again in the dairy downturn

Farmers and their bankers are the main figures in dairy's downturn, but professional dispute mediators also have a job to do.

Delay on Filipino workers hits dairy industry

North Island Filipino Farmers Association vice-chairman Ireneo Molina said hold ups in the granting of work visas by Immigration Zealand was putting jobs under threat.

Immigration New Zealand has come under fire for holding up the work permits of Filipinos wanting to work in the dairy industry.

Waituna farmer navigates dairy farming

Waituna farmer Gerald Spain on his Long Acres farm.

For Waituna dairy farmer Gerald Spain, farming was inevitable.

Feed review provides peace of mind

DairyNZ's people and business project manager Geoff Taylor discusses spring pasture management with sharemilker Allen Collinson and contract milker Jamie Jordan on Collinson's farm near Waharoa.

Surviving the dairy downturn is about focusing on what can be controlled on the farm for sharemilker Allen Collinson.

Fonterra wants more say

Milk in a supermarket.

Fonterra says it should be allowed more discretion about what milk to accept from farmers.

Coast farmers prepping for wet spring

West Coast farmers are wading through a wet winter and have a wet spring to look ahead to.

West Coast farmers may be used to the wet, but they are enduring a particularly soggy winter this year with little respite forecast for spring.

Community focus key to surviving dairy downturn

Fonterra Shareholders Council chairman Duncan Coull says the dairy industry needs to draw on its strength around community engagement to help it get through the current downturn.

The New Zealand dairy industry was built on communities working together and people sharing their knowledge with others.

Blown bulb saves farmer's life video

20082015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Taranaki farmer AJ Clothier shares his story about his nervous breakdown and almost taking his own life.

The farmer stood naked in his shed and put his lips over a shotgun. Then the light blew.

No bull, this is a risky business

Former detective and bull farmer David Hale has been farms manager at LIC for 10 years.

Dairy farmers inevitably amazed at how cheap a semen straw is given the rigours of the operation behind its delivery.

Pond to bring certainty in tough times

Guy Shaw supports the construction next to his farm of a large storage pond for the Waimakariri Irrigation scheme.

A lack of reliable irrigation water makes dairy farming's tough times even tougher, a North Canterbury farmer says.

a2 tips a big jump in sales

The a2 Milk Company managing director Geoff Babidge rings the ASX sharemarket bell to mark the company being listed on the exchange.

The alternative milk supplier expects to see a 72 per cent lift in sales this financial year.

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