Farmer avoids jail over eco offences

Tuamarina dairy farmer Philip Woolley

Marlborough farmer called New Zealand's "most recidivist" offender, narrowly escapes stint in jail.

Drive to export milk questioned

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

NZ's constant drive to produce more export milk could be self-defeating, dairy farm syndicate manager says.

Infant formula maker profit dives

Growing: China's market for infant formula doubled in five years and is expected to double again in three years.

China's Beingmate, in which Fonterra is set to take a key stake, sees profit slide 91pc.

Mataura Valley Milk project stalls


A collapse in milk prices has come at the worst time for project.

New farm 'would not meet standards'

Grazing calves on green hill, New Zealand
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A proposed dairy farm conversion in Southland would fail to meet water quality standards, report says.

Cows lose 'good mates'

FRIENDLY LIVESTOCK: The remaining cows, with Sheila Mandeno, look very similar to the two stolen heifers.

Cattle rustlers have stolen two of four heifers raised together from birth.

Fonterra dairy prices creep higher


Prices rose 1.1 per cent at the overnight auction, driven by a big jump in cheddar and butter milk powder.

Farmers' dry horrors continue

Unrelenting: Te Aroha farmer Andrew McGiven says the lack of rain is just ‘‘another typical dry bloody summer’’ in Waikato.

Summer might be winding down but the big dry affecting Waikato is marching on.

Drought message: Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

Trial reveals feed profitability

DairyNZ scientist Kevin Macdonald, left, and Waimate West Demonstration Farm supervisor Joe Clough speak at the farm’s summer field day about the chicory crop eaten by the  herd of jersey cows.

The profitability of planting a quarter of a Taranaki demonstration farm in crops in a three-year trial will be assessed early next season.

Dairy women look to future

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

Home-grown maize pays dividends for dairy couple

Bede and Shirley Kissick are commercial dairy farmers taking part in the Waimate West Demonstration Farms crop trial which is now in its final year.

Refining their systems and reducing farm working expenses has been a boon for Bede and Shirley Kissick.

Dairy industry to fund predator control

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Illegal cyanide poisoning puts native species and public at risk Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and locals around the Lewis Pass / Boyle village are concerned that someone is illegally and irresponsibly using cyanide to kill possums for their fur and skins. In the past week green cyanide paste on beech trees, along with dead possums, have been noted on a public walking track running between Boyle village and Doubtful Valley, just off SH 7.

NZ's major dairy companies have committed to spend $5 million over two years on predator control.

The big China trade-off

Carrickmore Nutrition managing director Chris Claridge.

Local control of NZ meat and dairy manufacturing is being whittled away by China's control of product certification, an infant formula-maker says.

Filipino farmers locked in residency struggle

Filipino Dairy Workers in New Zealand chairwoman Maiden Saba.

Residency decisions are locking Mid and South Canterbury's Filipino dairy workers into wage jobs and out of careers, advocates say.

Fonterra holds forecast price

Fonterra dairy factory

"Early days yet" but Fonterra's holding decision on milk payout forecast surprises economists, who had pencilled in a rise.

Rugby club scores its own farm

On Coastal Rugby & Sports Club’s dairy farm at Oaonui are club stalwarts Mark Trolove, left, and Dan Morgan, right, with  sharemilker Peter Kelbrick.

After buying a dairy herd and leasing dairy farms for several years, a forward-thinking Taranaki rugby club has taken the next step.

Tight squeeze for dairy export venture

Kevin Gilbert from Thermaflo, Palmerston North, with a purpose built milk processor built in a 12-metre container bound for Indonesia.

A milk processing plant developed in Palmerston North is about to wing its way to Indonesia.

Farmers hope for rain, higher prices

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

A lift in today's forecast update from Fonterra will provide a glimmer of hope for Waikato dairy farmers.

A2 Milk shake-up as profit falls and ASX listing planned

Shares in A2 milk have risen in New Zealand.

The a2 Milk Company says a period of renewal will begin with the resignation of its chairman as it seeks to dual list on the Australian Stock exchange.

Kiwi fresh milk brand launches in China

Agribusiness New Zealand chairman Conor English and a glass of Southern Pure milk destined for the Chinese market.

NZ companies are airfreighting up to 10 tonnes of fresh milk a week to China, with ex-Federated Farmers chief exec the latest to join.

Dairy disaster makes maize magic

Veteran Waikato maize growers Margaret and John Hodge.

What makes a dairy farmer switch to full-time maize growing?

Odour costly to solve

The Eltham eader.

Fixing Eltham's odour issues once and for all will come at a cost.

Milk production drops off

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Massey University ag research display sheep milk and give out various products made from the milk including yogurt, ice cream and Paneer cheese.

Alice Poilane poors some milk.

The dry weather and other factors are blamed for a 9 per cent drop in production.

Diary nutritionist up for award

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

New Zealand's leading female dairy farmers will the come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies to plan for the industry's future.

Thinning herd an option to cope with drought

HERD OF THAT: New Zealand's dairy cow herd has reached a record level.

Profit may take 25 per cent hit as Lincoln University dairy farm looks to cull 14 per cent of herd because of drought.

Maori agribusiness on the brink of 'enormous growth'

Te Oranga Livestock manager Andrew Gibson, left, and farm manager Chris Paterson checking out beef cattle  on one of the incorporation’s nine drystock farms.

A new Taranaki livestock company shows the potential of Maori agribusiness.

Filipino workers' residency 'exodus'

The Age - GENERIC - 3 June 2008 - Dairy cows wait their turn to enter the milking machine for their afternoon milking session on a dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. Picture by Paul Rovere

Filipino farm workers in Southland are abandoning the region because of residency rejections.

'Crazy' immigration process slammed

19022015 News. Robyn Edie/Fairfax NZ. Wreys Bush Dairy farm worker Socrates Mallari at work in the cow shed for the afternoon milking.

Socrates Mallari is proud to be a New Zealand resident but describes the hoops he had to jump through to qualify as "crazy".

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