Farmers unconvinced about water quality decline

Water ecologist Dr Mike Joy says there is undeniable evidence water quality is getting worse.

A quarter of Canterbury dairy farmers agree that water quality is declining, despite evidence to the contrary.

Matamata couple open home to struggling farmers

Matamata couple, Lin and Greg Miller are opening their home to other dairy farmers who can't afford a holiday.

Te Poi farmers, Lin and Greg Miller, want to give their fellow farmers a positive message through their actions.

High rainfall effluent breaches

Most of Taranaki has already received 150 per cent of it's annual rainfall.

Taranaki farmers are failing to comply with effluent disposal conditions after heavier than usual rainfall.

Farmers pitch in together for tough season

Culverden sharemilker Matt Hamilton has used the DairyNZ Dairy Connect service twice to pick the brains of experienced farmers.

Picking the brains of older hands is helping dairy farmers during tough times.

Lifting our game

Dairy NZ's stratey and investment leader Mark Paine says time have changed and farmers need to work together to attract people to the industry

DairyNZ's strategy and investment leader Mark Paine says working together to lift the dairy industry's game as farm employers is vital.

Fonterra: Milk price conditional

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings and chairman John Wilson.

Chairman John Wilson says he supports the view that prices would lift in the first half of next year.

Time running out to enter dairy awards

28102015 news photo: supplied: Chris Keeping, general manager NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

There are only days left to enter the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

Rare mussels found

Canterbury sharemilker Nigel Gardiner with a handful of freshwater mussels which have cropped up since improvements to a stream and wetland including fencing stock from the areas.
Photo credit Jayden Terris.

Dairy farmers have found freshwater mussels after protecting a stream and wetland.

New milk plants completed on time and on budget

Fonterra Edendale contruction manager Thomas Fietzko, left, and Fonterra Southern Operations manager Richard Gray check out construction progress at the Edendale plant.

Fonterra's Edendale site now has increased options in the value-added products it makes.


Pasture walk

Details of the farmwalk at the Taranaki Agricultural Research Station at Hawera for the seven days ending on Tuesday are:

Going green

John and Jannine Moore received an environmental award from the Taranaki Regional Council for protecting and enhancing the environment and biodiversity on their dairy farm near Ngaere.

John and Jannine Moore received a Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) environment award for their environmental stewardship and sustainable dairy farming.

Dumped director still co-op champion

Blue Read.

Dumped director remains a co-operative champion.

Hard yards pays off for new Fonterra director

Newly elected Fonterra board member Ashley Waugh.

Te Awamutu businessman Ashley Waugh is the new Fonterra farmer director.

Shifting to clean energy not so simple for Fonterra

Fonterra says it is continually looking at alternatives to coal to power its South Island processing factories such as Clandeboye.

Fonterra is trying hard to reduce its carbon emissions, but says it has few options in the South Island other than coal.

Farm issues the same wherever you go

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: A few weeks ago I went to local MP Barbara Kuriger's electorate briefing at Otorohanga.

Stay with your grazier, dairy farmers told

Rearing heifers using a grazier is a better economic option for dairy farmers than raising them on their own farm, provided the heifers hit their target weights, DairyNZ says.

Dairy farmers are better off staying with their grazier when it comes to rearing heifers, according to DairyNZ.

56 years on the job

Artificial insemination is probably the least glamorous job in dairying but someone has to do it.  Pictured Kevin Bell has been an AI technician for 56 years.

A Canterbury AI technician who has spent 56 years on the job, talks to Sonita Chandar about his not so glamorous job.

Our People Michael and Ruth Prankerd

Michael and Ruth Prankerd used to be sharemilkers at Taranaki.

Michael and Ruth Prankerd are 50:50 sharemilkers in Southland.  Prior to that, they sharemilked at Normanby in Taranaki for Te Rua o Te Moko which won the 2014 prestigious Te Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming.

Positive signs around the corner for dairy slump to return to average trading

Rabobank interim chief executive Crawford Taylor, from Australia, (left) global dairy strategist Tim Hunt, from New York, and Invercargill branch manager Ryan Frew outline the road to recovery for Southland dairy farmers.

Rabobank says Southland dairy farmers will have something to cheer about.

Booklet available on El Nino

Farmers should prepare now for El Nino conditions, says Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries.

Booklet available to farmers and growers on dealing with El Nino.

220,000 dairy cows in Manawatu

Manawatu had 220,000 dairy cows last season.

Manawatu provided just over 4 per cent of the nation's dairy cow numbers.

China 'hard work' for exporters

Carrickmore managing director Chris Claridge and a Chinese infant formula customer.

Infant formula exporter Chris Claridge has given up trying to sell infant formula into China.

Fonterra AGM another yawn?

Chairman John Wilson addresses last year's Fonterra annual meeting.

If it follows tradition, Fonterra's annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday is unlikely to mirror the energy put into its lead-up.

Kiwi dairy rivals 'deaf to low price signals'

Swiss farmers march in downtown Bern. They are calling for a better milk price, though prices are higher than in New Zealand.

Are Kiwi dairy farmers doing it tough while overseas rivals buffered from price reality?

Fonterra should follow UK lead and ditch using coal, Greens say

Fonterra says that switching to an alternative energy from coal to power its milk powder dryers in its South Island factories is not as simple as it sounds.

Fonterra should follow the UK Government's lead and phase out coal to power dryers, says the Green Party.

City folk to soak in farming air

Earlier open days have always attracted city visitors wanting to learn more about a working dairy farm.

City folk will get a taste of working life on a dairy farm at Lincoln.

North Canterbury cows top the milk yield

Cow numbers are expected to draw down as farmer cull their herds because of a lower payout and dry forecasts.

Canterbury cows are top milkers.

Dairy Goat Co-op supply takes breather

Waikato-based Dairy Goat Co-operative  paid $18 per kilogram last season.

Suppliers to dairy goat infant formula exporter have increased by 25 farms in three years.

Fonterra exits US joint venture

Fonterra decided the partnership was no linger a key part of its plans.

Fonterra will sell its 50 per cent interest in DairiConcepts, its joint venture with Dairy Farmers of America, for $196m.

Bayliss backs remit as Read voices disappointment

Harry Bayliss

A leading Taranaki farmer and former Fonterra director has announced his backing for a proposal to reduce the size of the co-operative's board. 

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