Cow illness mystery remains

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some Southland cows sick after eating swedes earlier this year.

Genetic leap offers hope

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

LIC may soon be exporting dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Science key to credibility

INNOVATIVE: Federated Farmers needs to become more evidence-based, says chief executive Graham Smith.

New Federated Farmers chief executive has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

Nats under fire after farmer's fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Pressure on National MPs to make changes to the RMA following prosecution of a Waikato farmer's company.

Fish farmers 'doing damage too'

One of the Mackenzie Basin's salmon farms.

Mackenzie salmon farmers are discharging waste that can smother waterways, ECan says.

The milk doesn’t stop

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Denis Wanihi, cream plant packing operator at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory, worked his second Christmas in a row this year.

It may be Christmas, but it was business as usual for the shift workers at Fonterra's Te Rapa factory.

It's strictly semen business

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

Dairy bulls show us what they're made of as LIC collects semen for export at its Manawatu centre.

Dedicated to deer

Lora Valley deer farmer Bill Taylor has been made a life member of the Southland Deer Farmers Association.

When Bill Taylor was a boy, deer were wild animals that could only be admired from afar.

Campaign targets job security

At a ‘‘Jobs that count’’ launch for meatworkers, campaign director Darien Fenton listens as Levin worker and solo mother Tamara Taputoro tells her story.

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

NZ First attacks council prosecution

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

22 stolen sheep found in van

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

Silver Fern Farms posts small profit

NZ business confidence, money, dollar up

Major meat processor Silver Fern Farms has turned around two forgettable years.

'Traditional' herd ownership

Ayrshire breeder Ivan Fredrickson holds his three-year-old Kelsey Perrett astride Sentinal Hot Georgia, named the North Island champion ayrshire cow at the Egmont A & P Show in Hawera. Proudly standing by are Ivan's wife, Robyn and their daughter and son-in-law Kylee and Danny Perrett.

A young woman who has inherited her father's love of ayrshire cattle is now milking his herd as a sharemilker.

Data integration urged

Rob Ford, general manager farm systems, Livestock Improvement Corporation.

More integration of data by agricultural companies would benefit farmers, says a farmer-owned co-operative's automation specialist.

Council under fire for fine

EYE IS THE SKY: Helicopter inspections of dairy farms are quicker and more cost-effective than ground based visits, but they can be traumatic for the farmers whose properties are being inspected.

Frustration over a fine handed to a South Waikato farmer has spread through New Zealand.

Imprisoned Zespri employee's action revealed


Zespri has failed to gag reporting of a grievance taken against it by a former employee now in a Chinese jail.

Warning over invasive weed

A flowering seed head of Yellow Bristle Grass.

Taranaki farmers are being urged to be on watch for the invasive weed called yellow bristle grass as summer arrives.

Farmer cops huge fine

Farmer Bas Nelis says the water in this gully is clean enough to drink, after his work replanting the banks.

Farmer known for his environmental work fined $16,875 for disturbing riverbed.

Sale prices hold

Stressed loans in agriculture are roughly twice those of mining but the important thing to note is that the stress in the mining sector is growing, while the stress in the agricultural sector is actually going down.

The Southland dairy farm market has held its ground price-wise in the past year.

PGG Wrightson confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson chief executive Mark Dewdney.

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Forum inspires green ambitions

FARMING TALK: Taranaki's Ruth Prankerd, left, talks dairy farming and the environment with fellow farmer Nicki Webster, of Canterbury, during the visit to Parliament by the DairyNZ environmental leaders forum.

Attending an environmental forum has set a Taranaki woman on a path to remind people caring for the environment is everyone's responsibility.

Farm ownership goal

Adam Giddens and Rebecca Ireland with baby Hollie.

Contract milking couple are perfecting their performance and lifting profitability as they eye eventual farm ownership.

Less-gassy cows to arrive

STEP RIGHT UP: Cows calmly wait their turn in the queue to be milked by the Lely Astronaut A4 robotic milking system.

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Wool deal coup

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

McDonald's better beef aim

McDonald's burger.

McDonald's is on a mission to show how sustainable the beef that goes into its hamburgers really is.

Red beef by word of mouth

Julian and Fiona Downs, Rannoch Meats owners and red devon farmers at Greytown.

Red devon meat sold to Wellington diners provides a handy income for a small Wairarapa block.

Agreed targets seen as key

Murray and Janet Easton hosted a field day at their King Country farm.

Bad blood between dairy stock owners and graziers is usually the result of their different expectations.

Agri-food's winding path

The dairy industry was heading down the highway, but ended up in a pot hole in 2014.

OPINION: With another year winding down, it is time to reflect on how well the agri-food industries have been travelling.

Farming mixed with writing

A bit of rain doesn't stop them - Anita Lamb, on Legacy, and Dennis Gloyn, on Colidas Goldbars - ready to ride out to work on their Weber farm.

On Triple Springs farm you can find sheep, cattle, sport horse and heading dog breeding, as well as a spot of children's story writing.

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

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