Fonterra surprise on Monday

Fonterra normally makes its forecasts later than the beginning of August.

Fonterra will update its forecast farmgate price on Monday morning.

Canadians buy next dairy farm

Canadian mounties are the beneficiaries of a pension fund that invests in New Zealand property.

Canadians are big investors in New Zealand property, especially dairy farms and forestry.

Cattle in sea of mud distress old farmer

Young bulls in a muddy paddock on the outskirts of Ashhurst in Manawatu.

Cattle standing in a sea of mud during a wet winter have raised the ire of a retired Manawatu farmer.

Let the baby kissing season begin

Federated farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president James Stewart.

Cheesy billboards signal it's election time, says farmer James Stewart.

Teens go gaga about a gudgeon

Palmerston North Girls' High School's Georgia Wheeler, second from right, organises a young farmers club at the school. ...

Students at Palmerston North Girls High School can dream of a rural life in an urban environment.

Farming land locked for good

James Guild is the national chairman of the QE11 National Trust.

 Remnants of forests and wetlands are being legally secured by farmers for future generations.

Farm sales down in Manawatu

NZR rural real estate agent Peter Barnett.

Farm listings are down in Manawatu and Rangitikei with only 64 sold in the past year.

Ayrshire pedigree shines through

Ayrshire champion Kylee Perrett has won a national award for her contribution to the breed.

It's all in the breeding for a young Taranaki sharemilker.

60 jobs promised for Southland

The eastern Southland town of Gore is a farming stronghold and the region's second largest centre of population with ...

Chinese state-owned company will be majority owner of a $200m infant formula processing plant.

First woman dairy CEO

New Westland Milk Products CEO Toni Brendish.

Australian Toni Brendish has been appointed as the CEO of Westland Milk Products - a first for a woman in New Zealand.

Open Country payout under pressure

Open Country is closely watching exchange rates and international milk production.

 Open Country Dairy holds payout forecast but not optimistic on outlook for milk prices.

Information and training the secret to surviving dairy downturn

Mark Paine

The quality of farm management is the difference between farms which those and those which just get by, research shows.

Turn your best bull calf into cash

Bobby calves selected for breeding programmes provide farmers with an opportunity to make money.

Dairy farmers can make money from their bobby calves.

Professor wants more farming research

Jacqueline Rowarth says agricultural  research helps farmers adapt to change.

A perfect storm of low farmgate prices, climate change and environmental concerns could make farming unsustainable, says professor.

Milk prices hit German farmers

Christoph Lupschen addressed about 20 international journalists who visited his farm during the International Federation ...

The EU's major milk producers are not immune to the struggle with low world milk returns.

From worst to best

Glenn Weitenberg is the manager of Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm near Levin which won the 2016 Dairy Business of the Year ...

The worst kid on the block is now not only the best but also an award winner.

Sharemilking still a viable option

Sharemilking is still a good way to progress in the industry says Mark Paine, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader for ...


Our People - John Gregan

John Gregan will not be standing for re-election when at the end of his term on the Fonterra Shareholders Council as he ...

John Gregan and wife Cara farm two unirrigated farms near Timaru, milking a total of 1000 cows.

First female president for Jersey NZ

Alison Gibb and husband Russell have been farming for 32 years at Taupiri in the Waikato where they run Zenith Jerseys.  ...


Top breeders prove their pedigree

Tikorangi sharemilkers and holstein-friesian pedigree breeders  Wayne and Leeanne Taylor have won the Valden Cow of the ...

Brexit adds gloom for farmers

Farmers can't shake off their gloom about volatile markets.

Downbeat farmers remain low in confidence as low dairy prices and Brexit put pressure on farming.

Brothers-in-arms at the sheep breeding frontline

Brothers Tom, left, and Will Jackson have put on 2000 more stock units since they bought Piquet Hill Farms.

Piquet Hill rams get mentioned a lot in North Island farming talk. Andrea Fox finds out why.

Making sure the cows are milked

Pungarehu variable order sharemilkers Natalie and Ian Butler are set for the 2015-16 dairy season which is just getting ...

The owners of a Taranaki dairy farm are supporting their variable order sharemilkers to ensure both businesses survive the dairy downturn.

Participants needed for agrichemical study

Massey University is undertaking a study on the health effects of pesticides.

The effect of agrichemicals on the health of people who apply them is the subject of a Massey University study.

Pasture is growing at WTARS

Pasture is growing in the absence of frosts at WTARS.

The lack of frosts has boosted pasture growth at the Westpac Taranaki Agricultural Research Station, near Hawera.

Bobby calf safeguards in force

Bobby calves destined for sale or slaughter must be at least four days old before they can be taken off farm.

Farmers and transporters will have to follow a new set of rules for transporting bobby calves by August 1.

Water for all

Farmers are keen to work with Environment Canterbury to improve the quality of their neighbouring waterways, ...

Fonterra and Environment Canterbury to tackle the water quality in Kaikoura.

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Lyn Webster says although the world is crying out for protein, no-one seems to want to pay for it.

Globalisation is the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.

Dairy farmers ready for calving

A new season's heifer calf feeding.

Calving is about to descend on dairy farmers to make their schedules even busier.

Kiwi woman helping orphaned elephants video

Debbie Mair is working to find a economically viable milk product from NZ cow's milk for orphaned pygmy elephants in Borneo.

A Lower Hutt Rotarian is travelling to Borneo to see if a trial of New Zealand cows' milk agrees with orphaned elephants.

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