Robots not the answer

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Robotic milkers will not solve the dairy industry's labour problems, a retiring academic says.

Dairy bounce-back tipped video

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Dairy pricesslide to 5-year low but could rebound quickly due to a drop in production.

Factory's flow-on effect

FACTORY GROWING JOBS: Yashili's $210 million infant milk formula plant in Pokeno will be commissioned next year.

Waikato saw four major dairy factory builds or upgrades in 2014, and the flow-on effects are still coming,

NZ's dairy herd gets bigger

HERD OF THAT: New Zealand's dairy cow herd has reached a record level.

New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers at an all-time high and closing in on seven million.

Rent hikes hit rural Waikato

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Tenants in some farming communities faced a big rent rise this year as newbies moved in for work.

Back to basics key to survival

Survive the payout drought by going back to farming basics.

It’s time to get a strategy in place

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OPINION: Very few, if any, dairy farmers will make any money this year. 

Fonterra gets Commerce Commission tick

“Strong interest”: Australian Dairy Farms believes strong global demand strengthens the case to create a listed farm.

The dairy giant has been "largely consistent" with the purpose of the milk price monitoring scheme.

It's not just about weight

Jamie Anderson from the Whanganui Vet Club talked to farmers about what the company looks for among its dairy heifer graziers.

Sheep and beef farmers can make money from grazing dairy heifers but they have to do it correctly.

Generating wealth from dairy

DAIRY DOWNTURN: 50/50 sharemilkers face a loss of equity from depressed dairy prices.

OPINION: The dairy downturn is inevitably turning attention to the wisdom of having so many eggs in the same basket.

Tapping booming semen market

Respect: Semen collector Robyn How takes no bull for granted.

New "world class" production and logistics centre to meet the international dairy market's growing demand for bovine semen products.

Dairy industry and greens clash

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The Greens and Forest & Bird have painted a report into a dairy industry accord on cleaning up rivers as a "greenwash", but the industry says changes will not come overnight.

Council choppers to get the chop

EYE IS THE SKY: Helicopter inspections of dairy farms are quicker and more cost-effective than ground based visits, but they can be traumatic for the farmers whose properties are being inspected.

Waikato Regional Council puts an end to helicopter inspections of dairy farms.

Heat on cooling changes

Simple solutions: Fonterra food safety technical adviser Tim Johnstone tells farmers not to be conned into buying an expensive milk-cooling system for their dairies with new rules coming on board in 2018.

Dairy farmers need to act sooner rather than later to avoid the rush as new rules around milk cooling come into force in 2018.

Stewards of the land

Rob and Gwen Willcox and their daughter Tina Worthington have won a
Taranaki Regional Council environment award for the riparian plan.

A Taranaki family acknowledged for their environmental sustainability are just as proud of their heritage.

Bleak dairy outlook into 2015


The dairy payout pain could get worse for farmers after it was warned it could drop even lower.

Fonterra pitches for southern milk

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Dairy giant Fonterra starts a battle for South Island dairy farmers' milk.

Cheaper milk on its way


Milk price set to fall with a major supermarket chain planning to drop prices following a cut in Fonterra's payout forecast.

Big blow to economy

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A $64 million blow to the Manawatu-Whanganui economy is expected after a low dairy payout.

Christmas is cancelled video

CUTTING BACK: Sharemilkers Louise and Liam Zander, with daughter Lily, 3, are reducing spending to the bare minimum after Fonterra's latest payout cut.

The Zanders will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars following Fonterra's downward revision of the milk payout.

Dairy training at polytechnic

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Aoraki Polytechnic will help provide extra training in the dairy industry.

Regions brace for hard times video


The cut to Fonterra's milk price payout could push some regions into recession, an economist says.

Forecast hits big loan gamble


Couple who took a $350,000 gamble on a less productive dairy farm expect to lose up to $75,000.

Milk price cuts unlikely video


Shoppers hoping for cheaper milk in the wake of Fonterra's milk price forecast cut may be disappointed.

Milk price drama to 'hit every Kiwi' video

BAD NEWS: Falling global prices mean a hit for farmers and the wider economy.

Kiwis warned that 'even if you live in Auckland', Fonterra's slashed payout prediction will be felt.

Chopper visits face the axe

EYE IS THE SKY: Helicopter inspections of dairy farms are quicker and more cost-effective than ground based visits, but they can be traumatic for the farmers whose properties are being inspected.

The council's contentious practice of helicopter inspections of dairy farms could be grounded.

In court for 'dirty dairying'

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A Taranaki farmer facing charges has a history of dirty dairying, a jury has been told.

Concerns about pay consultants

Synlait's $19.6 million net profit for the past year was close to its pre-listing prospectus forecast.

Dairy processor Synlait Milk directors get 10pc fee increases and praise for performance, but their pay adviser is forced to defend role in hike.

Profit, food safety 'top priorities'


Profit and food safety are a “balancing act”, said Chris Lewis, Federated Farmers Waikato president.

Milk scare report damning


Fonterra focused on profit at the expense of a food safety culture, botulism scare report says.

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