New scheme for skilled farm workers

The Waikato Farm Capability Society focuses on career development and support for farm workers, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: A new scheme will stop the common gripe about a lack of skilled farm workers.

Dairying needs a storyteller

Fonterra ambassador, rugby great Richie McCaw.

Dairy farming needs to better tell its story.

Next generation of great farmers

Pita Alexander is a Christchurch accountant specialising in agriculture.

Farming parents have a duty to prepare the next generation to be financially savvy farmers.

Back to the drawing board Fonterra

Fonterra's farmer-owners voted down the co-operative's first governance reform proposal in 15 years.

 It's back to the drawing board for Fonterra and its shareholders' council.

The risks of muzzling science

Everyone loses when science is muzzled or politicised, says scientist Doug Edmeades.


European agriculture still subsidised

Crawford Falconer is Lincoln University's Professor of Global Value Chains and Trade.

Trade expert Crawford Falconer lays down the facts about Europe's many subsidies propping up agriculture.

Fieldays pilgrimage begins

Fieldays is about bringing farmers together, having a yarn and walk comparing different product brands, Chris Lewis says.

Fieldays is upon us and will be a welcome sight for many farmers.

Costly working farm dogs

Jock Wyllie of Kaihoka and his dog Will at dog trial finals in Tapanui.

OPINION: Dog trials bring a lot of enjoyment, but registering working dogs does give rise to frustration.

Another SAFE myth busted

Calves show no anxiety at being separated from their mothers.

OPINION: It may seem cruel, but it's better for a cow and calf to be separated on day 1.

Director responsibility to shareholders

Ike Williams is a ram breeder from Raincliff.

Opinion: Company directors sometimes forget that they are representing shareholders and need to keep them informed.

Don't lock horns with bank

Louise and Geoff Giltrap’s budget is based on a $3.85 milk price.

OPINION: There's a silver lining to having your farm finances put under the bank's microscope.

Better system for Fonterra directors

Ryan O'Sullivan wants a system that brings in the best directors for Fonterra.

Director selection is causing the most farmer debate in Fonterra's governance and representation review.

Why Aussies love their farmers

Drought relief funding is only for training to avoid the next one.

OPINION: Australian farmers' vulnerability makes them attractive to the public.

Experts predict dairy downturn after event

James Stewart wants more positivity around dairying.

 So-called experts claiming they knew the dairy downturn was coming should have piped up earlier.

Celebrating farming success

Bill Wright is a Beef + Lamb NZ director.

Winter has finally decided to arrive, with snow well down the mountains.

Omihi farmers win comp despite drought

Hoggets are judged on flock performance, wool quality and production, breeding and selection genetics and breed type.

Two years of drought has failed to deter North Canterbury farmers Craig and Ken Tomlinson from producing top romneys.

Making food for the tip

Almost 50kg of food waste pulled out of rubbish bins by WasteMINZ during a householdwaste audit.

We waste about a quarter of our food, turfing out 600,000 tonnes of leftovers each year.

Farms join forces for 'feed for profit'

Dave Morgan is part of a DEEResearch "feed to profit" initiative to spread interest among South Canterbury and North ...

The owners of Mt Peel and Raincliff station have led the way in pooling deer knowledge among farmers.

A solid budget for rural communities – Guy

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy believes the Budget has delivered a good result for the rural community.

A solid Budget for rural communities – Budget 2016

Aussie townies put us to shame

Coles shelves are low on branded milk stock in this Sydney supermarket, as shoppers purchase more expensive brands in ...

The Aussies support their farmers much more than we do.

In farming you never know what you're going get

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Western North Island Director- Kirsten Bryant and her farm dog.


New 2016-17 season can only get better

Dairy farmers are well and truly ready to put the tough season just completed to bed.

OPINION: Waikato dairy farmers would have looked back at the 2015-16 season as one of the toughest in living memory.

Farmers feel the changing world

Christchurch accountant Pita Alexander.

Column: the world's problems, as far away as they are, make their presence felt on New Zealand farms.

Estimates consistently wrong

The milk train wends its way through the Manawatu Gorge.

Confusion around payments for milk is part of the reality of being a Fonterra supplier, says Keith Woodford.

Devil in the detail

Taranaki dairy farmer Nick Barrett does not support Fonterra's proposed governance structure.

OPINION: Fonterra's review is a step aimed at getting the best directors possible to govern the co-operative.

You never know what you're gonna get

Kirsten Bryant

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, "Life is a box of chocolates – you never know what you're gonna get".

Where is agriculture's champion?

The gates are closed on the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The days when it was the farmer's one-stop shop ...

Who can farmers turn to for sound, objective independent information, asks Doug Edmeades.

Difficult season top of sharemilker talks

There was relief at the annual Federated Farmers sharemilkers annual meeting that the current dairy season was almost ...

The difficult season is top of the agenda when sharemilkers and their employers get together.

The weed battle is being lost on farms

It is critical farmers check for the presence of invasive weeds such as velvetleaf in fodder beet and maize crops.

OPINION: Waikato is a weed zone from unwitting settlers, bird spread and contaminated imported crop seed.

Tax implications of dairy livestock value fall

The fall of livestock values caused by the fall in payout will have tax consequences for farmers when preparing their ...

OPINION: Farmers might have some difficult tax calls to make from lower cow values.

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