Shelli Mears was born in England and brought up on a mixed farm including 70 dairy cows. She met husband Steve on her OE to NZ in 1988 and they married in the UK in 1990. They moved back to New Zealand 1991 and went farming progressing from herd managers to sharemilking on South Island farms.
Growing up in Wairarapa surrounded by dairy farms, Dairy Trainee of the Year Nicholas Bailey was curious as to what went on behind the farm gates.
By Jenny Jago – DairyNZ strategy and investment portfolio manager
OPINION: Diego, the jersey calf bought by the Starfish Bobby Calf Project is a mascot for the 2 million plus bobby calves who will be killed this year, Lynley Tulloch says.
Farmer using on-farm feed and fewer dairy cows as farmers cope with a looming low milk payout.
Small dairy farmers facing their third year of low milk payouts are trying to be upbeat.
The New Zealand sheep milking industry has to grow production as the market demands it if it is to avoid a boom-bust price cycle trap.
Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm has been named the supreme winner of the Dairy Business of the Year competition for 2016.
OPINION: A new scheme will stop the common gripe about a lack of skilled farm workers.
Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.
More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.
A new farm employment initiative is a modernised version of the farm cadet scheme.
Canterbury farmers and conservationists create wetland magic.
Fonterra's Stirling cheese plant hits record production.
Animal rights activists have been accused of underhand tactics by Federated Farmers.
An accounting software company has come up with a novel way to teach students about business in the real world.
Farm advisers discuss how dairy farmers can get through volatile markets at SIDE.
Farmers need to change their attitudes when it comes to health and safety, WorkSafe says.
Proposed new default provisions in the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) are annoying Taranaki dairy farmers.
North Otago woman inspired to become a leader in the dairy industry after Pathways Programme.
Calving sensor will put an end to farmers' sleepless nights. says Irish developer.
A device dreamed up by a Urenui farmer and commercialised by an Opunake electronics company could save some dairy farmers thousands of dollars as they strive to meet new milk cooling requirements.
Hundreds of dairy cows have died in Southland as they move on to winter feed.
SIDE event to encourage dairy farmers to be resilient and profitable.
Rams owned by a Saudi businessman are injecting hardiness into NZ's sheep dairy flock.