Dairy rebound not certain

Milk powder

Dairy prices have flattened after a 40 per cent fall, and volatility is tipped to continue this year.

China needs more NZ milk

Fonterra milk powder packing robot.

New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of a big jump in Chinese milk imports by 2020, a report says.

Synlait reports strong demand

Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk says there has been strong global demand for its lactoferrin products.

New challenges sought

Jim van der Poel

Long serving Fonterra director Jim van der Poel is retiring but is adamant he's not the type of person to sit around and do nothing.

Appeal disappoints farmers

Ngai Tahu farm in Canterbury

Ngai Tahu's $400m dairy investment meant court appeal to restrictions was ''highly likely''.

Boggy no longer

Phil Garrett

Efforts to improve the environment pay off for this dairy farming family.

Possible dairying scenario

Pita Alexander

OPINION: Only a brave or foolish person would try to put numbers down for dairying's next two years.

The cost of cow lameness

Some cow lameness can be prevented by good lanes with a dry surface.


Cow lameness may be more than 10 per cent a year nationally and cost dairy farmers $500 for each case.

ComCom not happy with Fonterra


The market regulator criticises Fonterra for the way it adjusted its 2013-14 milk-price payout to farmers downwards.

Alternative milks make inroads

soy milk

Look out cow milk - almond, rice, coconut and soy alternatives are growing in popularity.

Science farm opens

dairy farm

A new demonstration dairy farm near Cambridge has been hailed as "world-leading".

No milking battle

Philip Woolley

A dairy farmer is seeking a stay of an Environment Court order that prevents him milking at his 700-cow farm.

Higher returns possible

Firstlight Wagyu supply chain manager Peter Keeling with wagyu calves.

Dairy farmers are soon to mate their dairy cows, and Firstlight Wagyu staff believe they have an opportunity to get higher returns.

Goat milk co-op expanding

Dairy Goat Co-operative chief executive Tony Giles says the co-op's demand-driven philosophy has led to exponential growth.

Dairy Goat Co-operative's market-led strategy boosted revenue to $150m last year.

More milk available

Glasses of milk

Major dairy exporting countries have upped their milk production in the past year.

ASB rethinks rate rise date


Dive in dairy prices and high dollar mean the Reserve Bank will hold official cash rate steady till March, says ASB.

Flawed argument

Matt Bolger

Senior Fonterra official defends claims that the dairy industry should stop producing products sold at a marginal commodity price.

Strict cost control pays dividends

Dairy Business of the Year finalists Clarence and Elise Stolte, of Carterton, with Olivia, 5, Charlie, 4, and Adelaide, 2.

A sharemilker of the year win has set a Wairarapa couple on the path to success.

Pengxin 'may not survive'

Crafar farm.

Finance minister says he isn't worried about selling farmland to overseas firms because corporate farmers won't last the distance.

Health claims strengthened

Dairy cows

Science is the new battleground in the milk wars and A2 Milk is strengthening its arsenal.

Triple delivery a joyful rarity

Ted Cobb's heifer triplets

The arrival of extremely rare heifer triplets was a first in an Otaki man's 60 years of farming.

Milking it from grass

Kieran and Leonie Guiney

A Fairlie dairying couple keep it simple and sustainable.

Labour of love rewards

Dairy Business of the Year winners Martin and Linsey Furrer

Being passionate about all they do in dairying is beginning to pay dividends for the Dairy Business of the Year winners.

Demo farm stays on course

Dairy cows.

A lower milk payout will leave little "wiggle room" for the Lincoln University demonstration dairy farm to reach planned targets.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Raw Milk

Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Dairy farm to boost employment

Dairy cows

The purchase of a North Otago dairy farm will create more local jobs, the company says.

Fonterra prosecuted for stench


The dumped-milk stench which has distressed a community is ending up in court.

Paving the profitable whey

Kevin Marshall

The Coca-Cola Company is an unlikely candidate for kickstarting New Zealand's billion dollar whey protein industry.

Confidence despite dairy slump

Dairy cows

Fonterra may be forced to slash its payout for this season unless dairy prices rebound.

A better direction

Colin Guyton

An Upper Waikato farmer is proving that dairy farmers can lower their nitrogen leaching and still make money.

Record palm kernel imports

Cows feed on palm kernel.

Dairy farmers are importing record levels of palm kernels from Malaysia in order to boost milk production.

104 Fonterra jobs go


Fonterra confirms jobs will be axed at its Te Rapa Canpac site, but 10 fewer than planned.

New milkers vulnerable

ody and Charlie McCaig

Dairying newcomers will be the most vulnerable to dairy prices hitting a two year low.

Dairy prices slump

Dairy cows

Dairy price fall seen as having "huge implications" for New Zealand's so-called rock star economy.

Economic recovery at risk, Labour

Dairy cows.

Another sharp fall in dairy prices is threatening New Zealand's economic recovery, Labour says.

A new breed of Lorde fans


A lone trombone in a field calls to a new breed of Lorde fan, and it's just plain weird.

Non-compliance doubles


Southland dairy farmers have racked up twice the number of effluent-related non-compliance notices this year compared to last year.

Changes to Nestle pact


Fonterra is strengthening its operations in Brazil and Venezuela, while ceding joint Ecuador plants to Nestlé.

Milk X-ray adds value


Infant formula developer Karl Ye is set to unveil smartphone technology that will show users an X-ray of the contents.

Fonterra director retires

Jim van der Poel

Jim van der Poel will leave the dairy co-operative's board in November, after 12 years of service.

Time to trim the fat

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Westland to better Fonterra?

Rod Quin

West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Calving delays meetings

Calves feeding at a calfeteria

Dairy farmers have been too busy dealing with farm jobs to meet with ACC this month.

Income drop to hurt


A cut in Fonterra's forecast will see the Waikato's dairy farmers cutting discretionary spending.

Farmers face $4b pay cut


Fonterra's reduced forecast farm-gate milk payout will "come as a shock to farmers".

Judge's order stopped milking


Thames farming company hit with $47,000 fine and ordered to stop milking until it fixed the overflowing effluent system.

Payout cut expected


Fonterra farmers are bracing themselves for a $1 cut to the new season's forecast.

Dairying less dirty


Fewer dairy farmers have been prosecuted for dirty dairying this year than previously.

Milk price cloud 'will lift'

Glass of milk

Dairy farmers take heart - Chinese demand and dairy prices will bounce back towards the end of the year.

Move south celebrated

maree horgan, mike horgan

Mike and Maree were part of a migration of farmers heading south looking for greener pastures.

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