Water Accord shows our environmental commitment

DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, sustainability.


10 years of outstanding contribution to dairying

Caption Westport dairy farmer Rebecca Keoghan has been named as the 2016 the Dairy Woman of the Year


Here to Stay

Wilco and Noortje, Hamers first visited New Zealand in 2004 as students.  when they left, they said they would never ...


Top manager ditches city life

Thomas Chatfield enjoys working with a herd of 510 jersey cows.


Our People - Shelli Mears

Shelli Mears and husband Steve sharemilk at Mokotua in Southland.

Shelli Mears was born in England and brought up on a mixed farm including 70 dairy cows. She met husband Steve on her OE to NZ in 1988 and they married in the UK in 1990.   They moved back to New Zealand 1991 and went farming progressing from herd managers to sharemilking on South Island farms. 

Dairying life a busy one

Dairy Trainee of the Year Nicholas Bailey has been milking since he was 13.

Growing up in Wairarapa surrounded by dairy farms, Dairy Trainee of the Year Nicholas Bailey was curious as to what went on behind the farm gates.

New regulations for bobby calves

DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager Jenny Jago

By Jenny Jago – DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager 

Championing the bobby calves' cause

Diego, a male jersey calf, is thriving in its new environment after it was bought by the Starfish Bobby Calf Project.

OPINION: Diego, the jersey calf bought by the Starfish Bobby Calf Project is a mascot for the 2 million plus bobby calves who will be killed this year, Lynley Tulloch says.

Hard year looms for dairy farmers

A DairyNZ seminar on  Robert Ervine and Colleen Sheldon's  farm looked at tactics for the new season for dairy farmers.

Farmer using on-farm feed and fewer dairy cows as farmers cope with a looming low milk payout.

Small dairy farmers search for silver lining

SMASH chairman Noldy Rust checks his health as part of the small dairy herd conference. The blood pressure cuff is being ...

Small dairy farmers facing their third year of low milk payouts are trying to be upbeat.

Slow and steady grow will win the day in sheep milking industry

New Zealand's emerging sheep milking market could collapse if production is not grown in line with market demand

The New Zealand sheep milking industry has to grow production as the market demands it if it is to avoid a boom-bust price cycle trap.

Landcorp Ruapehu is the 2016 Dairy Business of the Year

Dairy Business of the Year winners, Landcorp Ruapehu from Manawatu. L to R New Zealand Chartered Accountants (sponsor) ...

Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm has been named the supreme winner of the Dairy Business of the Year competition for 2016.

New scheme for skilled farm workers

The Waikato Farm Capability Society focuses on career development and support for farm workers, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: A new scheme will stop the common gripe about a lack of skilled farm workers.

Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Sheep and beef farmers are getting older and need to lay out plans for farm succession or retirement.

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

Rural support in demand

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris Wall are co-ordinators for Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

 More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.

New farm cadet scheme

The Waikato Farm Capability Society aims to get young school leavers and unemployed people into farming careers by ...

 A new farm employment initiative is a modernised version of the farm cadet scheme.

Working wetland wonders with the wow-factor

What was once an unproductive wet corner of the Richard and Jill Simpson's Canterbury dairy farm is now a thriving wetland.

 Canterbury farmers and conservationists create wetland magic.

Record cheese output a Stirling effort

Fonterra's Stirling cheese plant in south Otago hits record production.

Fonterra's Stirling cheese plant hits record production.

Farmers slam 'pathetic' activists

This male jersey calf, 'Diego' was bought online by animal rights group the Starfish Bobby Calf Rescue to be re-homed.

Animal rights activists have been accused of underhand tactics by Federated Farmers.

Students run virtual dairy farm

Rebecca Matthews says she gained insights into the world of dairy farming during the competition.

An accounting software company has come up with a novel way to teach students about business in the real world.

Dairy farmers make no money

PwC Waikato managing partner Brent Goldsack, MyFarm executive director Grant Rowan and Lincoln University agricultural ...

Farm advisers discuss how dairy farmers can get through volatile markets at SIDE.

'She'll be right culture' wrong

WorkSafe agriculture programme manager Al McCone speaks at the SIDE conference in Invercargill.

 Farmers need to change their attitudes when it comes to health and safety, WorkSafe says.

Taranaki dairy farmers question DIRA proposals

Taranaki dairy farmers Nick Barrett and Kevin Turnbull discuss the revision of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act with ...

Proposed new default provisions in the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) are annoying Taranaki dairy farmers.

North Otago woman a dairy leader

Waitaki dairy farmer Julie Dee.

North Otago woman inspired to become a leader in the dairy industry after Pathways Programme.

System complements grass diet

Keenan nutritionist Seamus Callanan says although grass is good for dairy cows, it does not fulfil their nutritional ...


Rest easy with Moocall

Moocall sales specialist Paul Kenny, who was at Fieldays, says the company's calving sensor lets farmers have ...

Calving sensor will put an end to farmers' sleepless nights. says Irish developer.

Device may help farmers meet new milk cooling regulations

Corkill Farming Systems services manager Michael Corkill says the new Chillboost device launched by the company at ...

A device dreamed up by a Urenui farmer and commercialised by an Opunake electronics company could save some dairy farmers thousands of dollars as they strive to meet new milk cooling requirements.

Cows still dying in the south

Dairy cows graze on fodderbeet.

 Hundreds of dairy cows have died in Southland as they move on to winter feed.

Farmers talk resilience at conference

Southern Institute of Technology Nursing lecturer Andrea Knowler, left, and students Jodie Musson, Beatrix Borrie and ...

SIDE event to encourage dairy farmers to be resilient and profitable.

Saudi rams improve NZ sheep

An awassi ram out among east friesian ewes this autumn. Mt Ruapehu is in the background.

Rams owned by a Saudi businessman are injecting hardiness into NZ's sheep dairy flock.

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