Farmer demands truth over toxic swedes

Dairy cows grazing swede on a Southland farm.

A Southland farmer whose herd was severely affected after eating toxic swedes last year, said he just wants the truth.

Commitment the key to success

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says he is as passionate about the dairy industry as ever.

DairyNZ leader says success will come through working hard, doing a great job and taking the initiative.

Farmer's 'mootel' investment pays off

Tony Allcock  says his cow barn has given him a 25 per cent lift in production this season.

Building a cow barn has allowed Tony Allcock to better feed his herd, control his environmental footprint and protect his pastures.

Dairy award 'icing on the cake'

The 2015 New Zealand Dairy Awards Winners, from left, Dairy Trainee of the Year James Davidson, Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Melissa  and Justin Slattery and Farm Manager of the Year James Foote.

Canterbury and Waikato-Hauraki farmers were the big winners at the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

Farming with the friendly breed

Hayden and Ellisa Slack 50:50 sharemilk at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland. From left Hayden and Ellisa with their children Danika 6, Kayla 7 and Riley 9.

Hayden Slack is on a mission to change perception that ayrshires are not a good breed.

Sharemilkers ahead of the game

Justin and Melissa Slattery have been named 2015 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year.

NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners ahead of the game in driving profitability on farms, during a forecast period of low milk payouts.

Fonterra's winter milk offer a 'token gesture'

A Fonterra milk tanker.

Fonterra's premium offer for more South Island winter milk described as a "token gesture".

Dairy payout means farmers stop spending

Dairy cows get up close and personal.

A lower milk payout will take millions from Manawatu's economy as farmers a the payout almost halves from last year's record.

Farming smarter not harder

Farming provides the Charmleys with a lifestyle they can enjoy with their children.
From left Lisa holding Pippa 22 months, Reuben 4 and Paul Charmley.

A young Tararua couple reveal how they are keeping their farm system simple.

Stick to your budgets

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy (right)  and LIC chief executive Wayne McNee (left) outside the dairy company's new herd testing laboratory in Hamilton.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy urged the dairy farmers to work with advisors to get through the low payout year.

Early warning of advance milk payment urged

A colourful cow is installed in Morrinsville in the heart of dairy country, but it is unlikely to bring cheer to financially hit farmers.

Fonterra asked to bring forward date of the new season’s advance milk payment to help struggling farmers budget.

New $40m milk plant being built

Westland's Rod Quin says the new UHT milk will help reduce the reliance of West Coast and Canterbury farmers on volatile dairy commodities.

West Coast dairy co-op ramping up its Canterbury presence by building a $40m plant to make long life milk at Rolleston.

Fonterra cut frustrates farmer

Former Waikato Federated Farmers president James Houghton has questioned why Fonterra did not foresee the fall in the dairy market after it came from a record forecast last season.

Fonterra's 20 cent cut in this season's milk price forecast was met with disappointment and frustration from one Waikato dairy farming leader.

Big purchase of milking robots

Wilma and Aad Van Leeuwen are at the forefront of robotic dairy farming in South Canterbury.

Van Leeuwen Dairy Group has purchased 24 new milking robots, to be delivered this year.

Farmers hit by milk payout cut

Fonterra has lowered its forecast milk payout price to $4.50 from $4.70.

Farmers brace for a tough six months as Fonterra has announced a cut in its farmgate milk price payout.

Farmers resilient in face of drop

Tatura, VIC

Taranaki dairy farmers are expected to cope with Fonterra's 20-cent reduction in its milk payout forecast for the current season.

Milk price cut 'a kick in the guts'

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Fed Farmers call for Reserve Bank interest rates cut as Fonterra delivers "a real kick in the guts" to farmers with 20 cents cut in its milk payout forecast.

Payout forecast surprised expert

Hayley Moynihan is Rabobank's director of dairy research for New Zealand and Asia.

NZ specialist in global dairy market did not expect Fonterra's payout forecast to fall to its current level of $4.70.

Positive dairying perceptions found

South Taranaki dairy farmers Sue and Paul Johnston are avid users of Twitter which DairyNZ says is a tool that lets farmers walk their talk about the industry.

Newspaper headlines condemning dairy farming do not necessarily reflect public opinion, says an industry leader. 

Dairy clean up costs revealed

Dr Mike Joy - Massey University freshwater ecologist.

New Zealand dairy farming’s adverse environmental impact and the clean-up costs have been revealed in a United States journal.

West Coast farmers cop a lower payout

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

West Coast farmers face a lower payout than expected with their dairy co-op reducing its forecast price.

Vicious cow attack

Tim and Wendy Drysdale hope to catch those who killed and injured two of their cows on Saturday morning.

Two cows were shot and hacked apart with a saw on a Tokoroa farm.

Matt Wills: young farmer who enjoys a challenge

Matt Wills is a young farmer who likes a challenge.

A young Rangitata farm manager is proving adept at conquering challenges.

Dairy hub will breed smart farmers

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Southern Dairy Development Trust chair Matthew Richards, left, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie and dairy farmer Greg Herbert discuss the Southland Dairy Hub proposal at Herbert's Mokotua farm on Sunday.

Southland's future as a leading dairy region could hinge on whether the proposed Southern Dairy Hub proceeds, proponents say.

Few dairy farmers attend pilot riparian planting workshops

Discussing the ability of wetlands to soak up excess nutrients are farmer Simone Zillwood, left,  DairyNZ water quality specialist Justin Zitto,  Euan Wilson and Megan Wilson, with son Charlie at her feet.

Only handfuls of the region's dairy farmers turned up for the recent riparian management workshops in Golden Bay, Murchision and Pelorus.

Farmers flock to finance classes

Sharemilkers Bryden and Vanessa Rufford plan for the future at their Gore home.

Farmers are flocking to finance classes as they look to guard against more sudden changes in the dairy market.

Study shows N leaching reductions possible

Lowering the stocking rate and using a feed pad are two actions that could help reduce a farmers' nitrogen leaching, an ongoing DairyNZ study has found.

Nitrogen leaching can be reduced by 40-50 per cent if the cows are stood off on a feed pad at a reduced stocking rate.

Empty rates rising in Waikato

The increase in empty rates is being blamed on the poor spring.

Empty cow rates are up over much of dairying heartland Waikato as farmers respond to a squeeze on their wallets and outlawing of inductions.

Big Fonterra meetings 'fuel frustration'

Cambridge farmer Garry Reymer.

Radical change called for to the Fonterra Shareholders Council to better serve interests of 10,000-or-so farmer-owners.

Drought no deterrent for farm goal

Winning sharemilkers Melissa and Justin Slattery are on target for farm ownership. They will have to winter some of their herd on-farm because of the drought.

Canterbury Sharemilkers of the Year show that 50-50 sharemilking is still a viable pathway towards farm ownership despite a low dairy payout.  

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