The most general comment to me these past two weeks has been the slow spring grass growth for many.
If we had to draw a comparison between farming father and sons then typically the son would have a "go-go'' attitude and the father err towards a "go-slow'' approach.
OPINION: It has been a down and up week for Fonterra.
Greg Bodeker asks readers to make an intelligent, informed decision on climate change based on the evidence.
Fonterra says coal is the only truly viable energy source for dairy manufacturing in the South Island.
OPINION: Foreign investment is not always a blessing.
Of course it would be nice if NZ cash came to save Silver Fern Farms - but it hasn't.
Doug Edmeades is sceptical about climate change being the fault of humans. He presents his reasoning.
Shock waves from the Silver Fern Farms-Shanghai Maling deal will pulsate through the meat industry, writes Keith Woodford.
Blair Gallagher, a Canterbury-based member of the red meat reform group, puts a case for change in the industry.
Falling interest rates and a slowing economy have been key drivers of the strong performance of New Zealand's listed property sector.
Keith Woodford is in China. He writes about the country’s two economies and what they mean for New Zealand’s agri-food.
Putting Overseer into a regulatory setting is inviting a plethora of legal challenges, says Doug Edmeades.
NZ Farmer leader
OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.
Despite our FTAs, meat exports are still attracting $213 million in tariffs. That’s why Beef + Lamb NZ’s market access work is important.
OPINION: Doug Edmeades hears dairy farmers’ rage and urges them to take heart from the lessons of the ill-wind.
OPINION: Lyn Webster is learning dairy farming lessons the hard way.
Keith Woodford explores the short, the medium and the long term prospects for dairy.
OPINION: It is an important time for those involved in the fight against bovine TB with the review of OSPRI's TBfree programme currently under way.
OPINION: Any dairy industry panic now will cause a slump in land values and put farmers at risk of going out of business.
Dairy farmers don’t want handouts but the Government could help with action in three areas.
It’s not all doom and gloom in dairying, Louise Giltrap says.
OPINION: Banks will stand by dairy farmers as they navigate plunging milk prices.
OPINION: A chill used to grip NZ fans when a game against Australia was close. Not any more.
OPINION: Upcoming Beef + Lamb levy vote seeks a mandate to continue investing levies into "industry-good" activities.
OPINION: For farmers, the low dairy prices may be just the beginning of a whole new normal.
The benefits from a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal are over-rated, says Keith Woodford.
Doug Edmeades has some free advice about fertiliser for farmers feeling the squeeze.
Time is the cheapest investment you can make in the dairy industry, says Megan Kerr.