Dairy

Recidivist dirty farmer fined $66k

Dirty dairying effluent.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Milk price offer again under-subscribed

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

Lessons learned from long TB fight

North Taranaki farmer Amanda Jordan has taken on the role of chairing TBfree Taranaki after her dairy herd was infected with bovine tuberculosis.

A Taranaki dairy farmer is putting her experience of owning a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) to good use.

From townie to farm owner

Greg Maughan and some of his dairy herd on farm at Marton.

As a youngster Greg Maughan's curiosity about farming led to him sneaking out early each morning to go milking.

Vets find more hoof disease cases

Annual milk production in Australia has doubled to 9.3 million litres in 30 years despite a steady dairy cow population.

Taranaki study into a hoof disease in dairy cattle has revealed the infection is more widespread than expected.

Where's the sheep milk?

Sheep are milked at Blue River's big sheep milking complex at Springhills in central Southlands.

Where's the sheep's milk on New Zealand supermarket shelves?

Dairy prices nudge up

Dairy cow, milk, milking

Despite the increase prices are just over half what they were this time last year.

Cow knocks farmer into drain

NZ Dairy cows at the Waimate West Demonstration Farm near Manaia, Taranaki.

Farmer injured after cow tips her into a drain, then falls on top of her.

Milk price forecast tipped to slip

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

ANZ economists cut forecast to $4.35 per kg of milk solids, well below break-even for many struggling dairy farmers.

Farmers fall foul of laws

Australia's annual production has been stagnant at about around 10 billion litres of milk a year for the past decade.

A third of Waikato dairy farms visited by authorities have breached labour laws, mostly due to poor record-keeping.

NZ farms a bargain?

Gary Romano, chief executive of Milk NZ's owner Pengxin International.

Chinese-owned buyer of Canterbury dairy farms is reporting it got a huge bargain, paying $41m less than they were worth.

ASB expects dairy drop

HAPPY DRINKERS: Students at Waipahihi School enjoying their Fonterra milk as part of the big slurp last year. This year’s predicted rise in milk production has been revised downwards.

ASB economists predict that the nation's cows will produce less milk this season than earlier forecast because of dry conditions.

Fonterra to tackle driver shortage

Fonterra driver Peter Burns, who drives a Higher Productivity Motor Vehicle, which requires a yellow 'H' sign, will soon be allowed to carry heavier loads across South Canterbury bridges.

Dairy giant is designing a new recruitment programme to upskill and retain drivers.

Strong field for Dairy Woman of the Year

HIGH CALIBRE GROUP: Katie Milne, who farms with her partner at Rotomanu on the West Coast, is one of four strong entries in the award.

The South Island can virtually lay claim to all four finalists selected for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

Dairy production revised down

A SMALLER SLURP: Students at Waipahihi School drink Fonterra milk as part of the big slurp last year. This year’s predicted rise in milk production has been revised downwards.

NZ's cows will produce less milk this season than forecast because of dry conditions, ASB economists predict.

Cow feed crops key to pee

FEED MAY HOLD KEY: Heifers grazing on crops such as canola put on more weight and caused less pollution.

Cows fed cereal and brassica may help lower leaching of nitrates into waterways.

Cattle ship barred by Fiji

NO ENTRY: Fijian authorities have barred the cattle ship Polaris 2 from port.

Ship carrying thousands of dairy cows from Chile to China blocked from Suva after claiming to be low on food.

More cows, bigger herds

ON THE UP: Dairy cows at the Waimate West Demonstration Farm near Manaia in Taranaki.

Dairy cows in Taranaki are up more than 10 per cent and herd numbers have fallen almost a third.

Kiwi develops low-cost milk product in Myanmar

Neil Macintyre has developed a low-cost milk product in Myanmar.

An Auckland man is targeting Myanmar's sky-high malnourishment statistics.

Belt-tightening will hit everybody

RURAL OUTLOOK: At the dawn of a new year, the agricultural sector sees a few clouds on the horizon.

The agricultural sector sees a few clouds on the horizon in 2015.

'No need' for Fonterra watchdog

Garry Reymer says it is vital for Fonterra's future to get farmer-shareholders engaged in their co-operative again.

Waikato farmer calls for radical change to the role of Fonterra's Shareholders' Council to better serve farmer interests.

Butter gain shows 'seeds of recovery'

'SEEDS OF RECOVERY' SEEN: BNZ economist Doug Steel.

Second run of improved prices on the Global Dairy Trade auction could show global milk price recovery, economist says.

Long-term approach to dairying

ONGOING WORK: Landcorp’s Wairakei Estate was once forestry land that the corporate farmer converted to pastoral land.

Landcorp expects profitability to rise over time as improvements are made to soil quality at Wairakei Estate.

Chinese ministry okays Fonterra tie-up

Fonterra dairy factory

Proposed tie-up between Fonterra and one of China's largest dairy companies has cleared a major hurdle.

Tractor trek gains traction

RED BEAUTY: Graham Murrell will drive his restored 1956 Massey Ferguson tractor ‘Miss Ferguson’ the length of the country in March.

For years Graham Murrell has dreamed of eloping with Miss Ferguson.

Using technology to grow company

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

New Zealand knows how to produce large amounts of animal protein cheaply.

Rain brings relief to dry farms

Waikaretu farmer Phillip Woodward says rain earlier in the season has got him through.

Heavy rain provides a much-needed reprieve as soil moisture levels reach critical level.

Fonterra milk output continues to grow

Fonterra dairy factory

Fonterra's milk production is continuing to grow, despite poor conditions in parts of the South Island.

Dairy farmer hopes he has the Power

GIVE US A KISS: Makarewa dairy farmer Tahi Parata is ready to take on the worlds greatest player Phil Taylor.

Kiwi dairy farmer Tahi Parata is ready to take on the world's greatest darts player.

Dairy prices regain ground

Cows

Worried Canterbury farmers have taken some heart from a continued turnaround in dairy prices.

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