Westland to better Fonterra?

Rod Quin

West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Calving delays meetings

Calves feeding at a calfeteria

Dairy farmers have been too busy dealing with farm jobs to meet with ACC this month.

Income drop to hurt


A cut in Fonterra's forecast will see the Waikato's dairy farmers cutting discretionary spending.

Farmers face $4b pay cut


Fonterra's reduced forecast farm-gate milk payout will "come as a shock to farmers".

Judge's order stopped milking


Thames farming company hit with $47,000 fine and ordered to stop milking until it fixed the overflowing effluent system.

Payout cut expected


Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast.

Dairying less dirty


Fewer dairy farmers have been prosecuted for dirty dairying this year than previously.

Milk price cloud 'will lift'

Glass of milk

Dairy farmers take heart - Chinese demand and dairy prices will bounce back towards the end of the year.

Move south celebrated

maree horgan, mike horgan

Mike and Maree were part of a migration of farmers heading south looking for greener pastures.

'Borrowed time'


Canpac's remaining 220 staff could be on borrowed time, after Fonterra refused to offer assurances.

First scares, now tears


Last year's false alarm over botulism is blamed for co-operative's decision to cut more than 100 jobs at a Hamilton site.

Botulism scare costs jobs

canpac losses

Union official reveals Fonterra job losses stem from falling demand since last year's botulism scare.

Controlling their own destinies

Danielle, Hunter, Margery, Aaron, Karlin and Joseph Snowden and dog, Gumboot, are enjoying life on the Tariki dairy farm the family purchased last year.

Proud owners of their first farm are unfazed that some observers may see it as not much more than a lifestyle block.

Council and farmers work together

Do not view farm visits from the Waikato Regional Council as a death sentence

A new, collaborative approach by the Waikato Regional Council when dealing with effluent compliance is being welcomed.

Decision hits dairying plans

Ngai Tahu farm in Canterbury

Ngai Tahu's plan to convert a large chunk of land to irrigated dairy farming has been thwarted.

Dairy hub support urged

Dairy cows

Southern dairy farmers are being asked to contribute $2 million towards the proposed Southern Dairy Hub.

Limits challenge dairying

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

Dairy industry faces a huge challenge if it is to remain profitable and competitive while farming within limits.

Spike in cow numbers

Dairy cows

South Canterbury has more than doubled its dairy cattle numbers in just 10 years.

Confidence crisis

Dairy cows

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Easier to pay off farm

dairy farm

Contrary to perception, it is easier to pay off a dairy farm today than 50 years ago, says Myfarm executive director Andrew Watters.

Mild winter good for pastures

Pasture on a farm.

Canterbury farmers have gone from wet autumn to mild winter in the lead-up to calving and the new milking season.

Fonterra chair re-elected


Incumbent Ian Brown is picked as chairman of the Fonterra Shareholders' Council for a third term.

Fonterra court case halt


Court case over botulism scare, which Danone says cost it $547m, is put on hold so companies can go to arbitration.

What, no milk price cut?

grated cheese

Shoppers are being warned not to expect immediate prices cuts for milk, butter and cheese.

Drop in dairy prices alarms


Canterbury farmers will be "burning their chequebooks" after a dramatic drop in dairy prices.

Dairy dive likely to curb spending

Glass of milk

A milky cloud loomed over South Canterbury's economy with the drop in dairy prices.

Keeping your head above water

dairy cow

OPINION: The way critics of the freshwater management policies tell it, this Government has just capitulated to dirty dairying by allowing rivers to degrade to the point where you can't swim in them.

Dairy price drop to affect everyone?

dairy cow

Drop in dairy prices could send shockwaves through the economy with farmers possibly facing a $3.8b pay cut next season. | Brakes on rates?

Role more important than prizes

Wiremu Reid and his family

2014 Ahuwhenua Young Maori Dairy Farmer of the Year Wiremu Reid is making his mark in the industry.

Better dairying focus

Michael and Megan Webster

Michael and Megan Webster hope to improve their performance and profit over the next three years after becoming new focus farmers.

Chinese firms inch up list

Glasses of milk

Annual survey of the world's largest dairy companies shows two new Chinese companies in the top 20.

Cash cow earns $3.8b

Holstein Friesian cow

Waikato's dairy industry has held its number one position as the country's top dairy performer.

Hard work rewarded

Kate Cummings with her heifer calf Fairview Shadow Rae.

Southland teenager receives the ultimate gift of a holstein friesian heifer calf to add to her growing herd.

Sweet whey powder joins dairy auction

Dairy cows

Sweet whey powder will be sold on the Fonterra-owned auction platform GlobalDairyTrade for the first time in September.

Huge dairy conversion

When Landcorp's forestry to pasture conversion near Taupo is completed, 30,000 cows will be milked across 25,700ha.

When Landcorp's forestry to pasture conversion near Taupo is completed, 30,000 cows will be milked across 25,700ha.

Dairying boosts regions

dairy cow

Manawatu, Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay have seen their economies boosted by $1.24 billion in the last year on the back of the dairy boom.

How now Fonterra cow?


OPINION: Dairy company and govt should pay heed to the question now that a pseudo milk developed in a lab could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy industry.

Fonterra jewel on target

70,000 hours of construction go into factory


The $73 million expansion of the Fonterra mozzarella factory in South Canterbury is on track to go online in August 2015.

Residue in milk concerns


Dairy farmers risk contaminating their milk with teat spray residue if they do not ensure their cows' teats are properly cleaned before milking.

Icelanders check us out

Icelandic couple farm in NZ.

Icelandic couple travel 17,000 km to see what it is like milking 800 cows on a Mangakino farm instead of the typical 50 back home.

Lab milk to hit shelves


A new milk due for sale in 2016 could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy export industry.

Fonterra expands in China

Fonterra Theo Spierings

Planned $342m dairy joint venture in China would help Fonterra's push into added-value products, expert says.

Top friesian is approaching 13

Holstein Friesian cow

Levin farmers have won the 2014 Valden Cow of the Year.

Cows the moojority

dairy cow

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

They found their mojo

Taranaki focus farm hosts Kathy and Chris Prankerd

A couple who had lost their passion for farming find their mojo through a project established by DairyNZ.

Secrets of success

Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company

There is no silver bullet for Tatua Co-Operative Dairy Company's success and longevity.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink.

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

New champion for the dairy cause

Andrew Hoggard

Andrew Hoggard, chosen by Federated Farmers to take dairying issues to the public, wants to take the front foot.

Dairy production jumps


Fonterra collected 10 per cent more milksolids at the start of winter than it did a year ago.

Promising dairy season ahead

Rain, growing grass bodes well for calving

	 Bruce Arnold

Weather and economic forecasts have set up a promising dairy season for the Waikato region.

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