Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

Fonterra's board - seen here at last year's annual meeting could be reduced in size following a governance review this year.

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Pregnancy scanning results have seen Owl Farm at St Peter's School achieve a six week in-calf rate between 74 and 80 per cent this season.

OPINION: Farm stress always rises in summer

Milk price and trade closely linked

Federated Farmers Dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

OPINION: Trade and the milk price have dominated the news recently.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir.

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

The morally bankrupt who don’t give a damn

How about you give your moral compass a quick tap on the face and see where you are headed.

Have you ever wondered why some people are continually having hassles?

Protecting our waterways

The photograph of cows in Lake Taylor that sparked fresh debate about fresh water.

OPINION: The uproar around the Lake Taylor herd of thirsty cows has highlighted the challenges of getting practical solutions to stock exclusion.

A sickness, not a weakness

Look out for your mates and loved ones, says Marc Gascoigne.

Depression and anxiety can strike anyone anytime. Marc Gascoigne knows how easy it can happen.

Learning from farming OE

Pita Alexander says father and son conversations on the farm can be revealing.

A farming Mum and Dad have many questions when their son returns from a two-year OE trip. 

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

Global conditions have lowered prices farmers are receiving for sheep meat.

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Change is in the air

Stew Wadey, Matamata District Federated Farmers Chairman.

Changes are in the air for farmers, Matamata Federated Farmers chair believes.

Are you off the feed-out wagon yet?

Yum yum, love that PKE. But it is a drug that costs more than 30c a kg DM.


Pivotal issues facing farmers in 2016

More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis  says.

OPINION: More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis says.

Educating all New Zealanders about farming is a long game

DairyNZ's Rosie the cowbassador education programme has reached more than 100,000 children to date.

DairyNZ has been working with schools across the country for the past four years in an effort to bridge the knowledge gap about dairy farming. Teaching children enables you to reach families, says brand marketing manager Andrew Fraser.

Russell lupin, a saviour or nasty weed?

Showing the nitrogen fixing nodules in a russell lupin.

The russell lupin is admired by tourists, despised by environmentalists and increasingly sought after by Mackenzie Basin runholders.

Rolleston's seven big farming issues ahead

William Rolleston: Many farmers weathered difficult conditions last year and most of them see no relief coming this year.

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston outlines the main concerns for farmers this year.

Healthy Rivers timeline extension given

Morrinsville Federated Farmers chairman Stu Husband.

OPINION: Happy New Year to you all – I hope you had a restful and stress free festive season.

Farmer's disgruntled wife

The shearing has to be done but the costs aren't being covered by the meat schedule returns.

The meat industry's lack of consideration for farmers has a Canterbury sheep and beef farmer's wife seething.

Propitious are the circumstances

A curious cow takes a close interest in Italian visitor Luca on Marc Gascoigne's farm.

We may not appreciate it, but we are pretty blessed, writes Marc Gascoigne.

Here for a good time not a long time

Louise Giltrap whipped up these chocolate fondants in a hurry for her grandkids one night. "Too easy," she says.

Louise Giltrap goes back into the kitchen to hold cooking classes for busy farm workers.

Quit picking on farmers

Irrigation has transformed agriculture on the parched Canterbury Plains.

OPINION: For farmers, the question is when will our environmental efforts be recognised?

Arable harvest delayed by rain

Colin Hurst is waiting for the rain to stop so he can begin his barley harvest.

 Rain is not helping South Canterbury farmers to bring in their crops.

Quantum leap in lamb price needed

Small incremental gains will only have us treading water.

It was good to put a line through the difficult farming year that was 2015.

Looking ahead to a very busy year

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy with wife Erica, their three children and his parents Malcolm and Betty with a restored 1953 David Brown Cropmaster tractor.

This is my first column for the year and a chance to look ahead to what is going to be a very busy 2016.

Expo a great start to 2016

There will be demonstrations of farm machinery at the upcoming Grasslandz expo at Eureka.

We've had a good start to the New Year with some welcome rain and it's always a positive time as we look forward to 2016 and what it will bring.

Impact of food production everyone's responsibility

Trashing food producers on one hand while stuffing your face hungrily with the other is ridiculous, Lyn Webster says.

A new generation of people are tasking farmers the impossible task of producing an abundance of cheap food while at the same time having little or no impact on the natural resources.

Farmers just ahead of the water game

Sheep stud breeder Ike Williams of Pleasant Point says the water table on his farm has disappeared and he is relying on the odd shower of rain.

More rain is needed for South Canterbury farmers.

Little change seen in agri-food crystal ball

Sadly, the number of small family farms with less than 300 cows will further decline, and we will see the first signs of this in 2016.

Keith Woodford casts an eye over the year ahead for agri-food and sees no sudden improvements.

I can see clearly now the rain has gone

Wonderful glorious summertime rain pleased Timaru farmer Warren Darling.

Holiday rain gives Doug Edmeades the chance to catch up on his science reading.

2015: I’ve had more fun in the dentist’s chair

After the tears had subsided, Louise Giltrap’s grandkids were ready for their annual photo: Jacob McGillivray, Kyle Bendall, Max Bendall, Phoebe Bendall, Mollie Bendall and Charlie McGillivray

Well, 2015 taught me more than a few years put together, more tolerance than I ever thought possible, and the ability that I know I inherited from my father to endure difficult situations .

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