A2 Milk whips up $40m

A2 managing director Geoff Babidge says the equity raising will raise the company’s profile in capital markets.

A2 Milk plans expansion in China, the US and Britain after raising $40m capital.

536 cruelty complaints in 2015

Blenheim veterinarian Nick Hansby wants farmers to become better versed in new animal welfare laws.

Many animal cruelty complaints are about smaller lifestyle blocks, not big farms, vet says.

Grazing land under pressure in Marlborough

Available grazing land may become more scarce in Marlborough as vineyards expand.

A Marlborough dairy farmer has warned of a future shortage of available grazing land in the region as vineyards expand.

Lincoln University's low cost farming paying off

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy looks over dairying's new workplace action plan with Methven farmer and DairyNZ director Alister Body.

A tight rein on farm costs appears to be paying off for a Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) operating under a low payout

Launch for 2016 dairy industry awards

The 2016 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards open on October 20.

The 2016 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards is about to kick-off with a launch event.

Jailed for abusing cows

Michael James Whitelock has been sentenced to four and a half years jail for animal cruelty offences.

A dairy worker has been handed what's believed to be NZ's longest prison sentence for animal cruelty.

Greens weigh in on river clean-up

NZ Green Party co-leader James Shaw says dairy conversions are one of the factors muddying our environment and should be stopped.

An end to dairy conversions is needed if Waikato is serious about cleaning up its waterways, says the Green Party.

Looking at the horizon in volatile times

Taranaki Federated Farmers sharemilkers' chairman Charlie McCaig, left, and 2015 Taranaki Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year winners, Rob and Mel Van den Brand, with son Riley, 3, discusses strategies to cope with dairy payout volatility.

Sharemilkers devise strategies to navigate their way through the volatility of this season's farmgate milk price.reports. 

Dairy prices up almost 10pc

Prices at the overnight auction lifted 9.9 per cent, hitting an average price of US$2834 per metric tonne (FAS).

Dairy prices have risen again in the GlobalDairyTrade auction, the fourth rise in a row.

Agribusiness expert learns about trade with China

Hayden Dillon on a farm visit on his recent trip to China.

A Waikato agribusiness expert has some tips on how to trade with China.

TPPA - what does it all mean?

Dairy is the biggest loser in the TPPA deal struck in the early hours of Tuesday.

What will Kiwis get out of the TPPA?

New dairy price rollercoaster ride could be ahead

Dairy farmers might be heading for another high price spell as markets react to lower milk supplies.

Warning that price risk lies in market concerns about a looming dairy commodity products shortage.

NZ owner to sell dairy farms

The 25 farms of Van Diemen's Land Company in Tasmania make up Australia's oldest and largest dairy operation.

Australia's biggest dairy farm operation is being put on the market by New Plymouth District Council.

At least Fonterra is transparent about its executives' salaries

Theo Spierings has a salary band within $4.9 million.

Fonterra's top salaries may seem high but at least they are transparent.

Clean dairying like cooking with gas for Waikato farmer

Neville and Heather Barr are raising 100 calves.

Not much can be counted on these days, but a Waikato dairy farming couple can have confidence about the end result of their farm's special effluent pond system. Andrea Fox reports.

New rules for raw milk

Tuamarina raw milk supplier Tim Jopson.

New rules for raw milk would ensure suppliers are verified for food hygiene and safety.

Scammed workers could be sent home

Migrant workers on dairy farms are under investigation after Immigration New Zealand discovered a false documents scam.

Hundreds of Filipino migrant workers could be forced to leave NZ after being caught in "black market" false document scam.

Westland Milk confirms 2014-15 payout

Westland Milk Products' Hokitika plant on the West Coast.

Westland Milk co-operative confirms it is paying farmers $4.95 a kilogram of milksolids for 2014-15.

Dairy payout leader does it again

The 114 farmer-shareholder cooperative posted revenue of $281.3 million.

Tatua keeps its reputation for leaving other milk processors in its dust, paying its farmers $7.10/kg milksolids.

Gloom lifts for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers almost give a sigh of relief after Fonterra's payout forecast rises.

Dairy farmers almost give a sigh of relief after Fonterra's payout forecast rises.

Shared ownership OK for Fonterra

Cows at Fonterra's Tangshan indoor farm in Hebei, China. The farm has been a model for more Fonterra farms planned in China.

Fonterra thinks China farm partnerships better than outright ownership

Minister: TPPA 'inadequate' on dairy

Trade Minister Tim Groser

Tim Groser will only attend TPPA talks next week if progress is made on dairy market access.

High cost in cleaning up Waikato's waterways

Costings to clean up water quality in the region are getting mixed reviews.

The high costs around improving the region's waterways was designed to scare people into maintaining the status quo, Angus Robson says.

North Canterbury works on farming its way out of the drought

Nick Ensor has plenty of grass on his irrigated dairy farm but on the hills behind there's virtually no feed, despite the green tinge.

NICK ENSOR started putting irrigation on his coastal farm near Cheviot 15 years ago and is now in his fourth season of a dairy conversion, so he's better placed than most of his neighbours to cope with drought. But that hasn't stopped him from stepping in to help other farmers get through the record-setting dry spell.

Bright spots and low points in Fonterra's 2015 results

Chief executive Theo Spierings' $800,000 pay rise was approved by Fonterra's People, Culture and Safety committee.

Fonterra's 2015 financial results and associated announcements were bittersweet for its farmer-owners, with a disappointing final payout leavened by a 75c lift in the current milk price forecast and a victory in getting the unpopular guaranteed milk price scheme axed dampened by disclosure the chief executive got a $800,000 salary boost in a lean year.

Fonterra drops PKE bombshell

Palm kernel extract being unloaded in a Timaru warehouse.

Fonterra's surprise move to start monitoring every supplier's milk for palm kernel extract impact has bewildered farmers and led to accusations it is interfering in their farming systems.

Waikato could face a $7.7 billion cleanup bill under new model

Waikato could potentially face a $7.7 billion cleanup bill if it is to bring the region's water quality up to a standard for swimming, taking food and healthy biodiversity.

New modelling suggests a potential $7.7 billion loss to the Waikato regional economy if tougher rules around water quality are adopted by the regional council.

Doors open on Otago coast for English couple

Tim, Lorna, Katy and Josh Button waving goodbye in the video 'We've Got Cows' Josh entered in an international video competition to raise awareness of modern agriculture. His entry was placed sixth out of 44 entries from 20 countries.

The Button Family are constantly experimenting with breeding and rearing different dairy and beef cattle cross calves to add value to their 420-cow dairy farm near Kaka Point on the South Otago coast. Rob Tipa reports.

Fonterra coal use opposed

An artist's impression of Fonterra's proposed new milk dryers at its Studholme plant near Waimate as they would appear from Molloy's Rd.

Waimate residents and an anti-coal group plan to oppose Fonterra using coal at its Studholme factory.

Oceania tops Fonterra payout forecast

Oceania Dairy's factory near Glenavy.

Dairy farmers promised minimum $4.50/kg payout to supply milk to Oceania Dairy's South Canterbury processing site.

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