$50k fine for farmer

Effluent pooling at John Mead's farm in Manaia.

Overflowing effluent pooling on this farm had "massive potential for adverse environmental effects."

$60k for moving stream

The stream was diverted into the constructed channel (centre) from its natural course (shown by the natural vegetation).

He dug a 430 metre trench to divert a stream, then claimed nature did it.

Get ready to cast your votes

It is important that farmers get out and vote for candidates in the council elections who can better represent them, ...


Keeping calm key to solving sticky situations

Staying calm and backing yourself are key when confronted with the unique situations dairy farming can throw at you, Lyn ...

I was in late for breakfast this morning due to a hiccup with a heifer at the milking shed.

Infant formula directors at odds

Carrickmore chief executive Chris Claridge being interviewed by Chinese TV.

"Virulent" accusations followed breakdown in relationship between the two directors at infant formula maker Carrickmore.

The velvetleaf waiting game

Velvetleaf has the potential to devastate other crops.

Waikato maize growers will know more about how badly the region has been hit by velvetleaf this spring.

Payout lift a ray of sunshine

Fonterra's 50-cent rise in its forecast farmgate milk prices will put a spring in  the step of dairy farmers, says Noel ...

A Taranaki dairy farming leader says Fonterra's new payout forecast is a ray of sunshine for farmers and for the region.

Grass-fed wagyu beef a profitable option for Canterbury farmers

Firstlight supply chain manager Peter Keeling with wagyu calves. Keeling is keen to talk to Canterbury dairy farmers ...


Dairy farmers' 50c boost

Farmers would welcome the news of a higher price but would be cautious to see what is to come, said Waikato Federated ...

An extra $1 billion will be pumped into NZ's economy if Fonterra sticks to its higher forecast payout.

Sheep milk's boost

A programme to advance the fledgling sheep milking industry could lift annual revenues to $700m at the high end or $200m ...

Ambitious plans for the sheep milk industry will be funded by a $31.4m investment.

Farmer frustrated at haters

Calves stay in purpose-built sun-facing sheds until they are weaned. Their pens have a deep bed of woodchip and are ...

Animal lover Sara Russell says some people are quick to blame dairy farming for everything.

Irrigation collective cleans up the river and perks up the pastures

Culverden, North Canterbury, dairy farmer David Croft has changed from border-dyke to spray irrigation to grow more ...

A dairy farmer is growing more grass at the same time as he makes changes to comply with Canterbury's tougher land and water regulations.

Grass grows at Hawera research farm

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

Rising soil temperature means the grass is growing at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station near Hawera.

Ground-breaking hoof study goes beyond Taranaki

Hosing a cow's hoof during milking allows it to be  inspected for bovine digital dermatitis.

A Taranaki pilot study of a hoof disease threatening New Zealand dairy production has laid the foundation for more extensive research.

Why tie a cow to a tractor?

Waikaka dairy farmer Richard Wards with the 'downer cow' in  hip clamps.

A cow was found chained to a tractor. What was going on?

Cow shipment 'economic treason'

The livestock carrier Ocean Drover berthed at Timaru on August 5.

Shipping dairy cows to China is "economic treason", Winston Peters says.

For and against palm kernel

PKE is particularly valuable during North Island droughts.

OPINION: The dairy industry must think carefully about the consequences before moving against PKE.

Synlait and A2 deal

The Synlait dairy factory in Canterbury.

Milk processor Synlait and A2 milk company sign supply deal.

Milking the love and loving the milk

The Bells milk 360 mostly crossbred cows on 114 hectares near Te Aroha.

Some of the Waikato’s luckiest cows can be found on Milldale Farm where milk quality and attention to animal health are second to none.

Reliable water supply worth the wait

The North Otago Irrigation Company’s new pipeline brings irrigation water from the Waitaki River near Duntroon to Herbert.

Irrigation will transform a North Otago couple's farm.

Buyers panic milk buying

Nigel Brunel, director of OM Financial.

Uncertainty over global milk production has spooked buyers and prompted the latest price rises, a broker says.

Still cautious as milk price increases

Chris Prankerd, pictured with wife Kathy and dog Con, hopes global milk prices will continue to rise.

Fonterra's 10c dividend payment helps farmers cash flow

Dairy's future in medicinal foods

Pharma foods are being touted as the new frontier says Jeremy Hill.

Fonterra's chief science officer talks about special medicinal foods.

Fonterra gives farmers a lift

Fonterra chairman John Wilson says early signs are appearing of an expected recovery in dairy prices.

Dairy farmers get a financial shot in the arm just when they need it.

Farmers still cautious as 'two auctions don't make a trend'

South Canterbury Fed's dairy chairman Ryan O'Sullivan thinks the rise in world dairy prices has "come at the right time ...

World dairy prices rose 12.7 per cent at Wednesday's GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction but farmers are cautious of reading too much into it.

'Stunning' dairy price rise video


A sharp rise in global dairy prices bodes well for New Zealand farmers.

Dairy farming joy on the horizon

South Canterbury dairy farmer Ryan O'Sullivan says he isn't pinning his hopes on rising dairy prices.

Ryan O'Sullivan is optimistic about the increase in dairy prices but says "one swallow doesn't make a summer."

Taranaki farmers informed about LIC staff changes, says CEO

Livestock Improvement Corporation chief executive Wayne McNee.

A Taranaki dairy leader says many farmers are unhappy with the direction of LIC, particularly in relation to the loss of key staff. 

Pourakino farmers top environmentalists

Cows on Geoff and Sarah Balwin's farm graze on crops surrounded by a buffer zone.

A group of Southland farmers are keeping their backyard healthy, not just for themselves but for the rest of the community.

Dairy downturn may be turning around

Fonterra's Edendale dairy factory.

A Southern Fonterra boss sees positive signs worldwide that the dairy downturn is starting to ease.

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