Fonterra escapes Aus court

Fonterra's Corporate Centre in Melbourne.

Shock as Australia's competition watchdog spares Fonterra from a court battle for slashing milk payouts.

OCD lifts its dairy forecast for next season

Open Country Dairy has announced a new season milk price of $6.25-$6.55/kg MS.

Open Country Dairy has lifted its milk price for the new season on the back of a more stable dairy market.

Owl Farm's autumn tailwind

Fine autumn weather up until the two recent cyclones has Owl Farm well placed heading into winter.

Fine weather until the recent cyclone meant Owl Farm is in good shape for winter.

Critics fail to front on the hard yards

Farming's critics fail to front when it comes to rolling up the sleeves and helping to do the hard yards.


New hope for lonely Kiwi farmers

The creators of the app say it lets users find love any time, "Whether you're in your truck, on a tractor or on a horse".

Is the rural NZ life getting lonely? Then swipe right on the first global farming dating app.

Lest we forget

Anzac Day is a chance to reflect on those people from farming families who went to war.

 Andrew Jolly reflects on the courage shown by rural families whose members went to war.

Breed does not impact on meat

Dr Nicola Schreurs is a senior lecturer in Ruminant Nutrition and Meat Science at Massey University's 
Institute of ...

A Massey researcher has found meat quality is not impacted by breed, but yield can be.

Mentoring offers couple work-life balance

Ashburton dairy farmers Hayden and Line Ferriman have new found time for each other and their new baby with the help of ...

A young dairy farming couple with a new baby has found a balance between work and life through a mentoring service.

Fewer cows and more milk

Otorohanga dairy farmer Laurie Pottinger dropped his stocking rate by 26.5 per cent over 10 years.

Fat, happy cows are the priority on Laurie Pottinger's farm.

Award salutes plucky move

26042017-NZF Hauraki contract milkers Dipika and Vijay Patil with daughter Ira, aim to become official Kiwis this year.

 A young couple who left family and friends behind in India are losing no time making their mark dairy farming downunder.

Blame government, not dairy farmers

Government is putting in place retrospective regulations, Peter McDonald says.

The dairy industry is feeling the heat from its wide array of critics.

Central Plains Water irrigation scheme Stage 2 kicks off

Prime Minister Bill English, flanked by CPW chief executive Derek Crombie, left, Downers executive manager Fraser ...

Work has started on stage 2 of the enormous Central Plains Water irrigation scheme in Canterbury.

'Craft milk' plan pays off video

Julian Raine with bottles of Aunt Jean's milk produced at the Raine farm in Stoke.

A Nelson dairy farmer is on a mission to bring back "how milk used to be" to the mainstream market.

SFF's Paeroa plant to close under proposal

Silver Fern Farms' proposal to consolidate its Waitoa and Paeroa bobby calf processing facilities would result in the ...

No jobs to be lost in proposed plant closure as Silver Fern Farms looks to consolidate its Paeroa and Waitoa plants.

NZ's clean green fallacy

Angler and freshwater advocate, Dave Witherow, says the decline in freshwater  quality mirrors the rise in intensive ...

 It's not exclusively dairy farming - but the industry is a major part of why our waterways are so dirty, says Dave Witherow.

Dairy farmers portrayed unfairly

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Phil Cantwell comes from a sheep and beef farming background but made ...

OPINION: I won't be the only one who has noticed the put downs, insults and the unjust tactics we witness on TV screens every day.

Good genes tops good looks for bulls

An angus bull at this year's evaluation unit. Forbes and Angus Cameron have  a bull at the unit.

Choosing a bull is It is more about their genes than their good looks.

Sharing effluent management ideas

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Cows come close to eat the grass on a dark overcast day in ...

New waste management system was expensive at first, but it has realised many benefits, says farmer.

Mild winter please - dairy farmers

James Stewart says farmers are more relaxed following the rise in global milk prices.

Dairy farmers are gunning for a mild winter after a pleasing global dairy auction result.

Farmers face big costs in plan change

It is likely farmers will face substantial costs under the current plan change one proposal for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Cost of consent will outweigh cost of monitoring in Healthy Rivers plan, say Waikato farmers.

Our accidental chemical weapon video

Tracey and David Clark were rushed to hospital on Monday after inhaling a potentially lethal gas released when two ...

They were giving their milking shed a routine clean. But an innocent mistake turned a normal day into a toxic nightmare.

Water users face new regime with trepidation

Lake Opuha is 100 per cent per cent full, after a period when inflows were higher than outflows.

Ecan is reviewing minimum flow and potential water allocation restrictions in the Fairlie Basin. This is making some water users nervous.

Making better NZ butter

Golden and creamy, the notion of butter as more than a commodity has spread over the past 4-5 years.

The vision of New Zealand's butter being the world's best is spreading.

NZ farmers feel the love worldwide

James Stewart  Federated farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei president says farmers are working hard but are frustrated.

People around the world love New Zealand's food integrity and quality, says James Stewart.

World Wide Sires sales booming

Hank Lina: Breeding worth tends to be the currency for dairy breeding in this country but it's not the only way to judge ...

Sales for importer of US dairy genetics World Wide Sires New Zealand (WWSNZ) are booming and interest in genetic options increases.

Diverse farm wins environment award

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners Peter and Nicola Carver.

Ohangai sheep, beef and dairy farmers Peter and Nicola Carver have won the Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

FE on rise even with rain and cool

Facial eczema spore counts have risen.  This cow is showing extreme clinical facial eczema  impacts.


Facial eczema spores on rise in spite of rain and cool temperatures.

Dairy finalists judging underway soon

Judging is about to start for regional dairy farmer winners

Judging of dairy farmer regional winners about to start for national awards.

Manawatu dairy women talk about budgeting

Build your budget workshop. Dairy Women's Networks, Manawatu convenor Lisa Hicks (left) and workshop facilitator Jodie ...

Manawatu farmers, sharemilkers and contract milkers learn why it is important to do the year ahead's budget.

Indoor cows need extra care

Jonathan Verkerk and farm manager Mark Brocket with the farm???s ???umbilical??? Slurry Kat designed in Northern Ireland ...

Farmers who move cows indoors take on a big animal welfare responsibility.

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