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Cow and calf

There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.

Politics stirs dirty water issue

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team.

OPINION: Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value


OPINION: The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

How now Fonterra cow?


OPINION: Dairy company and govt should pay heed to the question now that a pseudo milk developed in a lab could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy industry.

We're losing critical capability

Jacqueline Rowarth

OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.

In farmers we trust

Willy Leferink


OPINION: The public view farmers favourably despite what the media shows.

The small few affecting all

A file photo of dirty dairying.

OPINION: A small minority of dairy farmers who did not take a responsible view on caring for the environment are holding the rest of the industry back.

Ignored roads need funds

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.

Greens' farming fears

Jon Morgan

OPINION: Nothing is more guaranteed to provoke an outpouring of opinions than an election. Here's mine.

Carbon tax 'udderly useless'

Federated Farmers vice-president Dr William Rolleston.

OPINION: The world will be worse off if New Zealand farmers cut dairy production because of a carbon tax.

Fieldays enrich new alliances


OPINION: Fieldays is a showcase for New Zealand agriculture.

Who is milking who?

Lyn Webster

OPINION: When it comes to dependency and business in NZ, just who is milking who?

Teach your kids well

Pita Alexander

OPINION: Our children are our future and this applies equally to the homes of rural communities as our cities.

Other side of water issue

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: More selective reporting on a water quality issue is disappointing.

Is success a bad word?

Bruce Wills

OPINION: It may be envy, or jealousy, but there's some whose view on life is so black, you have to wonder if they know what happiness is.

It's all about water

James Houghton

JAMES HOUGHTON - Waikato Times

Water has been the biggest issue James Houghton has faced in three years as Waikato Federated Farmers president.

Tiki tour appreciated

Lyn Webster

LYN WEBSTER - Waikato Times

OPINION: That personal touch from the bank really helps.

Whiners soft in the head

Quad bike

OPINION: Cry us a river over the $15,000 fine handed out for riding a quad bike helmetless.

Dairying efficiencies improve

Dairy cows in milking shed.

OPINION: By farming more efficiently, Canterbury dairy farmers have made a massive contribution to the dairy industry and the wider New Zealand economy.

Meat reform urgent

Meat hangs in an abattoir.

OPINION: Reforming the meat industry was the topic of conversation 20 years ago and not much seems to have changed.

Honest waterways talk needed


OPINION: Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president James Houghton says Fish & Game have ducked the issue on accountability.

One in the eye for critics


OPINION: Dairying's critics need to revise some of their assumptions after the release of an economic survey.

'Swot the facts'

Radio House building in Blenheim

OPINION: Fish & Game claims Federated Farmers' rep has overlooked the truth in asking why farmers should buy duck hunting licences.

US milk flood warning


OPINION: Be afraid - be very afraid - it sounds like the Americans are turning on their milk taps.

Farmers funding their critics

Duck hunter

OPINION: Farmers that hunt ducks are helping Fish and Game take pot shots at them.

Living at the mercy of milk prices


OPINION: Being a non-shareholding supplier, my only vested interest in Fonterra is my cows and machinery.

Quick cuisine for dairy workers


OPINION: Teaching young farm workers how to cook quick and easy meals, but she could do with some help.

Sorting weak from chaff

Soil scientist Doug Edmeades

OPINION: Spinning a fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a magic crystal . . .

Barns could be the answer

Dairy herd home

OPINION: A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.

Over-population central to debate


OPINION: Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.

Wider focus key for meat industry


OPINION: Meat Industry Excellence has been criticised for being too dairy-focused and needs to change.

No clarity in call

Water Quality

OPINION: Water quality concerns are not going away, despite what farmers may hope.

Bright dairying future

Jon Morgan

OPINION: It's clear our economic future will have a strong dairy component and the tricky part for Fonterra is to keep the bad news to a minimum.

Understanding Fonterra gets harder

pattrick smellie

OPINION: It's hard to escape the suspicion that the farm gate milk price formula is out of whack.

Fonterra narrows focus on China

Dairy cows.

OPINION: Milk could be spilt if Fonterra doesn't stop relying on a single market and a single product.

Extract pollutants later

Salted away: Desalination plants take seawater in one end and produce pure potable water out the other end.

OPINION: Doug Edmeades has a cunning plan to strip the nutrients from drainage water before they pollute our streams.

Raw milk market revives faith

Raw milk

Given that I have been drinking raw milk for years, I'm a convert to its natural, healthy and nutritious benefits.

Hit the dairy companies


OPINION: Fish and Game wants dairy companies prosecuted if their poor performing farmers fail to step up environmentally.

Farmers, townies on same page

A 2011 file photo of dairy cows in a waterway.

OPINION: Is dairy farming being made the scapegoat for the quality of New Zealand's waterways?

Small is no longer profitable

Dairy cows.

OPINION: The lifestyle I desired from milking a small herd of cows suddenly seems to be quaint and old fashioned.

Milk rethink needed

Glasses of milk

OPINION: If Fonterra is going to grow with any rapidity, it is going to need more shareholder funds.

Critics need to keep up with facts

Manawatu River pollution

OPINION: As farmers change, their environmental critics need to lift the conversation.

Fonterra needs more capital


OPINION: If Fonterra were this year to pay its farmers the price which Fonterra's Milk Price Manual calculations say it should, it would make a big loss.

Farmers pay for price war

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills.

OPINION: New Zealand's Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills claims dairy farmers across the Tasman have been ruined.

Gate swings both ways

Washing down after milking

OPINION: Sharemilking is a hybrid between self-employment and employment but that hasn't stopped some harsh treatments of sharemilkers.

Harden up, farming kills

New-born dairy calf.

OPINION: You know something? The world is a horrible place. We're sheltered from the worst of it here, but we need to face up to some hard truths.

We don't like seeing animals suffer

James Houghton

OPINION: New Zealand has strict codes of practice relating to how calves are treated.

Seismic shift in beef

Dairy cows

The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change.

Siphoning Waikato's future

Waikato River

OPINION: Auckland's bid for more water from the Waikato River risks depleting the region's resources as well as the quality of it.

The new age, rural-style

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills.

OPINION: While the idea of an internet party may have merit its early rhetoric towards rural New Zealand needs reworking.

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