Vote likely on Fonterra changes

A Fonterra milk tanker passes through Greytown, Wairarapa.

Plans to reform Fonterra's governance structure to be put to a vote.

Fencing waterways costly

Stock move up the Acheron River, at Muller Station in Marlborough.

Excluding stock from waterways will "kill" hill-country farming, says Marlborough councillor.

Chicken feed blamed for weed outbreak

Federated Farmers and New Zealand first say imported maize used as chicken feed is the likely cause of an outbreak of ...

 Farmers believe imported chicken feed is the source of a velvetleaf outbreak in maize crops, but this is disputed.

Seventy years eyeing up stock

Oeo farmer Jack Stuart celebrated the 70th anniversary of his father's first stocksale with an event of his own when he ...

Oeo farmer celebrates 70 years of selling stock.

Protecting value of leased Maori land

Parininihi ki Waitotara CEO has been appointed CEO of the Maori Fisheries Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Regaining control of leased Maori land at all costs is not necessarily the best option, says a Taranaki Maori leader.

Pasture growth falls at WTARS

Pasture walk

Pasture growth rates at the Taranaki Agricultural Research Station at Hawera have declined in the dry weather.

'Chugging along the bottom'

The latest dairy auction was a mixed bag, but New Zealand's key indicator, whole milk powder, made a slight rise.

World dairy prices fall but the key whole milk powder price looks set to continue its slow recovery.

Farmers fear vote loss

A shareholder asks a question at last year's Fonterra annual meeting.

Fonterra's farmer owners are leery of losing voting power under new governance proposal.

Rattling Fonterra's governance is not enough

Members of Fonterra's board face shareholders at last year's annual meeting.

Fonterra's governance proposals look like a continuing meander towards corporatisation, says Keith Woodford.

In it for the long haul

LIC scientist Christine Couldrey pushes hard up a hill during the Extreme Enduro Lake Taupo cycle challenge. The event ...

Rob Mitchell speaks to a biological data analyst with a side interest in giant-sized triathlons.

Fonterra's board cut plan arrogant say reformers

Greg Gent and Colin Armer address farmer-shareholders at Fonterra's annual meeting last year.

Fonterra leadership structure proposal under heavy fire from two former directors.

Understanding of water quality

A centre pivot operates on the Culverden Plain. Ronlyn Duncan questioned 20 farmers in the area  on their concept of ...

Farmer understanding of the issues of water quality is at odds with the scientific models, an expert says.

Velvet leaf found in Waikato maize crop

Velvetleaf is one of the world's most invasive crop weeds.

Waikato farmers already under huge pressure from low dairy prices have been dealt a further blow with the discovery of velvetleaf in maize crops.

Farmers want rain to boost autumn

Colyton farmer Mat Hocken, Federated Farmers Dairy chairman, is concerned about the dry conditions.

Farmers are looking for rain which would combine with warm ground conditions to create an even better autumn.

Economist picks another tough payout

ANZ rural economist Con Williams.

An economist warns that cash flow stress in the dairy sector is likely to continue next season.

More farmers on accounting software

Brian Eccles developed Cashmanager software in the Wairarapa.

More farmers are using computer accounting packages.

Dog training clinic for farmers

Anna Holland with her poodle and  dogs on the farm bike.  She is holding a training seminar for farm dogs in Manawatu ...

Dog trainer coming to talk about training farm dogs.

Health and safety lays a solid foundation for quality workplaces

Mark Paine DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, people and business.

In April, the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) was introduced for all workplaces. Like all industries, dairy farmers face new responsibilities around keeping staff safe and reducing risk on-farm.

Our People - Clint Worthington

Tararua Federated Farmers provincial president Clint Worthington with his dog Bruce.

Tararua Fed Farmers' provincial president had no farming background but grew up in a rural town.

Rearing More Productive Heifers

Well-grown heifer calves will have higher lifetime production.

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm.

Faith in the industry

Ellen Bartlett, Fonterra shareholders councillor for Manawatu, says low dairy prices are nothing new but Fonterra is ...

Low dairy prices are biting but farmers advised to think long term and keeping an eye on the prize.

Clean water for farms and animals

Good quality water on farms is vital to the health and wellbeing of cows.

Adding chlorine to water was the biggest breakthrough ever in human health to prevent illness so it makes sense that food producing animals should drink chlorinated water too.

Feeding 9.3 billion people

Alltech founder Dr Pearse Lyons.  The biotechnology company is doing all it can to help farmers produce enough food to ...

Feeding the global population is no easy feat, especially when it is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050.

Dairy slump no deterrent

Low dairy prices are not deterring the Passey Family of Dannevirke who  are taking a step up to 50:50 sharemilking.  ...

A Dannevirke couple are not letting low dairy prices hold them back from progression.

Challenge of farm ownership

Kathy Craw and partner Logan Bowler bought a tired farm at Marton and through hard work, have turned it around.

A Rangitikei couple have poured their heart and soul into transforming a tired farm into a productive one.

May Wang guilty of fraud

May Wang, the businesswoman at the centre of a failed bid to buy the Crafar farms, has been found guilty of fraud ...

The failed bidders of Crafar farms convicted of fraud and money laundering.

SIDE to focus on keeping it real

How to best manage volatile milk prices will be a focus of the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE) being held in ...

Managing volatile milk prices will be a focus of the 2016 South Island Dairy Event (SIDE).

Facial eczema scourge continues

Tarata, Taranaki, farmer Jarred Coogan gives his calves a bolus to prevent facial eczema.

The worst facial eczema in nearly two decades is tipped to drag well into May.

Dairy downturn's toll

Concerns over farmers' mental health are on the rise as people struggle fter the dairy pay-out cuts.

Fears about farmer suicide risk after rise in substance abuse and domestic violence.

Milk up and costs down at demo farm

Ron Pellow has tracked rising grass and milk production at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm.

Nearly every blade of grass is being transformed into milk at the Lincoln University Dairy Farm.

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