There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.
OPINION: Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?
OPINION: The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.
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.
OPINION: AgriBusiness professor claims vital science that will help farming in the future is being pushed aside by AgResearch's restructuring.
OPINION: The public view farmers favourably despite what the media shows.
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.
OPINION: The state of rural roads is in dire need of attention and could well be a political football leading into the elections.
OPINION: Nothing is more guaranteed to provoke an outpouring of opinions than an election. Here's mine.
OPINION: The world will be worse off if New Zealand farmers cut dairy production because of a carbon tax.
OPINION: Fieldays is a showcase for New Zealand agriculture.
OPINION: When it comes to dependency and business in NZ, just who is milking who?
OPINION: Our children are our future and this applies equally to the homes of rural communities as our cities.
OPINION: More selective reporting on a water quality issue is disappointing.
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.
JAMES HOUGHTON - Waikato Times
Water has been the biggest issue James Houghton has faced in three years as Waikato Federated Farmers president.
LYN WEBSTER - Waikato Times
OPINION: That personal touch from the bank really helps.
OPINION: Cry us a river over the $15,000 fine handed out for riding a quad bike helmetless.
OPINION: By farming more efficiently, Canterbury dairy farmers have made a massive contribution to the dairy industry and the wider New Zealand economy.
OPINION: Reforming the meat industry was the topic of conversation 20 years ago and not much seems to have changed.
OPINION: Federated Farmers Waikato provincial president James Houghton says Fish & Game have ducked the issue on accountability.
OPINION: Dairying's critics need to revise some of their assumptions after the release of an economic survey.
OPINION: Fish & Game claims Federated Farmers' rep has overlooked the truth in asking why farmers should buy duck hunting licences.
OPINION: Be afraid - be very afraid - it sounds like the Americans are turning on their milk taps.
OPINION: Farmers that hunt ducks are helping Fish and Game take pot shots at them.
OPINION: Being a non-shareholding supplier, my only vested interest in Fonterra is my cows and machinery.
OPINION: Teaching young farm workers how to cook quick and easy meals, but she could do with some help.
OPINION: Spinning a fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a magic crystal . . .
OPINION: A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.
OPINION: Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.
OPINION: Meat Industry Excellence has been criticised for being too dairy-focused and needs to change.
OPINION: Water quality concerns are not going away, despite what farmers may hope.
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.
OPINION: It's hard to escape the suspicion that the farm gate milk price formula is out of whack.
OPINION: Milk could be spilt if Fonterra doesn't stop relying on a single market and a single product.
OPINION: Doug Edmeades has a cunning plan to strip the nutrients from drainage water before they pollute our streams.
Given that I have been drinking raw milk for years, I'm a convert to its natural, healthy and nutritious benefits.
OPINION: Fish and Game wants dairy companies prosecuted if their poor performing farmers fail to step up environmentally.
OPINION: Is dairy farming being made the scapegoat for the quality of New Zealand's waterways?
OPINION: The lifestyle I desired from milking a small herd of cows suddenly seems to be quaint and old fashioned.
OPINION: If Fonterra is going to grow with any rapidity, it is going to need more shareholder funds.
OPINION: As farmers change, their environmental critics need to lift the conversation.
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.
OPINION: New Zealand's Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills claims dairy farmers across the Tasman have been ruined.
OPINION: Sharemilking is a hybrid between self-employment and employment but that hasn't stopped some harsh treatments of sharemilkers.
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.
OPINION: New Zealand has strict codes of practice relating to how calves are treated.
The global beef industry is on the cusp of substantial change.
OPINION: Auckland's bid for more water from the Waikato River risks depleting the region's resources as well as the quality of it.
OPINION: While the idea of an internet party may have merit its early rhetoric towards rural New Zealand needs reworking.