Animal welfare project launched

VetSouth Winton director Mark Bryan uses the WelFarm programme to check animal welfare and production.

Dairy cow welfare programme WelFarm is set to launch nationally.

Bull sales up from strong beef prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

'Fonterra profit at our expense'

As a non-shareholding Fonterra supplier,  Northland dairy farmer  Lyn Webster does not qualify for the co-operative's 40 ...

Fonterra's $834 million profit comes at the expense of many farmers including herself, Lyn Webster says.

Breathing space for dairy farmers

It could be two to five years before farms are profitable again.

 Fonterra's latest milk price forecast increase means half of its farmers won't have to go to the bank to get through the season.

Shares offered for prebiotic

Knewe Biosystems Ltd are using crowdfunding to raise the funds to upscale a new prebiotic product for dairy cows.

Crowdfunding is being used to raise cash for a cow prebiotic product.

Farmer struggles aren't over video

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings says more higher value products are being produced.

Fonterra's $834 million annual profit won't make life easier for farmers just yet.

Whirlwind search for new herd

Sonia McKerchar is rearing 250 calves on the  farm in Waitaki Valley.

With the end of calving in sight, a couple new to sharemilking are enjoying their first season.

Is Fonterra milking it?

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When it comes to dairy prices, Fonterra and its farmers seem to march to a different drum.

Buying dairy farm unwise - hindsight

Canvastown dairy farmer Blair Berkett is aiming to increase milk production on his two farms by increasing grass growth ...

A Marlborough dairy farmer bought a second farm at the same time as the world milk prices dropped.

Cows farewelled for fruit on Ford's farm

Ted and Claire Ford have leased their Appleby dairy farm to an orchardist after 50 years of milking cows. They are ...

Apple and pear trees will replace jersey cows across Ted and Clare Ford's Appleby farm.

Herd sale will be a dark day

Bruce Hills is expecting a "very emotional day" when the herd he bred is sold.

 Herd sale day a wrench for a Waikato holstein friesian stud breeder.

Fonterra's $1b injection in NZ

The news comes after a 1.7 per cent rise in world dairy prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.

The latest 50c lift in forecast farmgate price means $78,980 for the average NZ dairy farmer.

Willis leaving LIC

Chief executive Wayne McNee says LIC had to make changes to ensure it's  still here in 50 years.

The resignation of LIC's general manager of New Zealand markets has nothing to do with the co-operative's restructure, says the company.

Grass is growing at WTARS

Pasture growth rates have improved  at the Westpac Taranaki Agriculture Research Station near Hawera.

Warm weather is making the grass grow at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station near Hawera. 

Dairy prices continue climb

ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says buyers are looking for confirmation New Zealand production has fallen.

Prices rise overall but NZ's major export, whole milk powder, takes a slight hit at GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Research worth $10m to dairy

Kevin Macdonald and Kristina Mandok recording height, length, heart girth circumference and weight of calves as part of ...

A scientist who is studying why some dairy cattle eat less feed than others while maintaining good growth and milk production.

Analyst bullish on Fonterra

Forsyth Barr is offering a bullish Fonterra result prediction.

Fonterra's annual result will be more than 60 per cent higher than last year's, Forsyth Barr predicts.

Backing farming for the long term

Wendy, left, and Murray Marshall, right, chat with Westpac rural banker Don Chamberlain on their property at Leeston, ...

Smart planning and the backing of their rural banker helps one Canterbury farm flourish.

Production up at Owl Farm after wet winter

Owl Farm's heifers have started the season well, milking 1.7kg milk solids per cow per day.

St Peter's School's Owl Farm has had a good start to spring production despite a challenging winter dominated by heavy rainfall.

The P epidemic has reached farms

Cleaners examine a home contaminated by P, which is increasingly finding its way into rural houses in Waikato.

OPINION: Federated Farmers has seen a large jump in calls from farmers wanting advice on how to deal with drugs in the workplace.

Healthy Rivers a balancing act

Dr Mike Scarsbrook says plan contributors have tried hard to avoid repeating mistakes in other plan change processes ...

Healthy Rivers Plan For Change has tried to balance improving water quality without prohibiting farming activity.

World v Canadian dairy industry

A sign featuring an image of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen as dairy farmers protest against imported ...

 New Zealand dairy companies urge the WTO to take action against Canadian subsidies.

Dodgy dairy farmers hit

Federated Farmers dairy spokesman Andrew Hoggard: there are no excuses.

Dairy farmers throughout the country have been served notice they must comply with employment obligations.

Coming to mother nature's aid

Althea MacLean's naturally polled A2 jersey cows enjoy a relaxed life on Middelmost Farm.

A Canterbury farmer's striving to be more than "sustainable", putting more into her land than she takes out.

Rural call to speak up on suicide

Young Farmers chief executive Terry Copeland says suicide and depression is an issue rural communities cannot ignore.

New Zealand's rural communities need to learn to talk openly about suicide and depression.

It's all about the cows

Guidelines for the construction of dairy manufacturing premises like the new milk treatement process area at Fonterra's ...

Owning a dairy farm gives a Taranaki woman a unique perspective into her role as a food safety and regulatory professional in the dairy industry.


Soil temperature fell at the WTARS farm during last week's cold spell.

The wintry blast last week caused a drop in pasture growth and soil temperature at a Taranaki research farm.

Eltham cheese shop plan attracts interest

Fonterra Farm Source Taranaki boss Scott Wall hopes a new cheese shop in Eltham will be open soon.

New Zealand's largest dairy company is seeking partners to set up a one-stop cheese shop in a tiny Taranaki town.

Crops on trial at research farm

DairyNZ scientist Kevin Macdonald, left, and farm supervisor Joe Clough discuss the chicory crop at the Waimate West ...

Farmers will be able to check out a crop-growing trial on a South Taranaki demonstration farm next week. 

On the track of great farm tools

Brian Dela Rue – research engineer, DairyNZ Advanced Management Technology team, and former top-level rugby player.

An engineer who tests new labour-saving farm technology and lays down protocols for its use.

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