SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsMaori incorporation Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW) has established two state-of-the-art calf-rearing facilities in Taranaki to reduce its exposure to the vagaries of the livestock market.
© Fairfax NZ NewsIt's a basic principle of business - the more customers and markets you can sell your product into, the more robust and generally more profitable your business.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThe meat reform group Meat Industry Excellence (MIE) is demanding farmers vote at the director elections for the meat processing and exporting co-operatives Silver Fern Farms and the Alliance Group.
© Fairfax NZ NewsTwo of the country's women-in- farming organisations have new national leaders.
TONY BENNY - © Fairfax NZ NewsScientists hope a thistle- munching beetle already reducing prickly weed infestations in the south will also lay waste to hard-to-control Californian thistles on North Canterbury hill country farms.
Taranaki sheep and beef farming identity Bryan Hocken loves to play host.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo young Taranaki auctioneers have been judged the best in the country in a national competition.
© Fairfax NZ NewsFarmers in the future may deploy drones equipped with near-infrared imaging to build a picture of the fertiliser needs of their hill country soils and to measure grass quality and coverage.
© Fairfax NZ NewsBeef farmers should be breeding cows that wean calves at 50 per cent of their own liveweight, says Massey University professor of Animal Science Steve Morris.
Institutional investors now hold 60 per cent of the $788 million Fonterra Shareholders Fund.
Farmers have installed 20,400 kilometres of fencing to exclude stock from waterways as the co-operative's deadline approaches
The inaugural winners of the Taranaki Sharemilker of the Year still take a keen interest in the annual contest.
Taranaki is steeped in the history of the prestigious New Zealand Dairy Awards. Sue O'Dowd catches up with the man who started it all back in 1977.
LAIRD HARPER - © Fairfax NZ NewsFun, sun and rural prosperity came to Hawera for the annual Egmont A&P Show.
Infestations of yellow bristle grass in Taranaki have the potential to destroy pasture
Education is key to success in agriculture, says a Taranaki contract milker who's also studying for an agribusiness diploma.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsContestants in the 2014 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards are being urged to tell their stories to the judges.
Fonterra has delayed penalising farmers supplying milk with excess detergent residue until June 1 next year.
Taranaki organisations are getting together to pitch to teachers and students the myriad opportunities available for a career in agriculture. Sue O'Dowd reports.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki Tree Trust funds have helped conservationists develop their property.
© Fairfax NZ NewsPreparations are well under way for the 2014 Central Districts Field Days, the three-day event to be held in Feilding in March.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA new book offering advice on restoration planting will be launched at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Taranaki Tree Trust tomorrow.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA town kid, Greg Maughan worked his way up the dairy-industry ladder. He started by milking cows while still at school, became a lower-order sharemilker, then progressed to a cow- owning 50/50 sharemilker, and now owns a farm.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA world-renowned Irish farming leader has reiterated his concerns about the level of inputs in the New Zealand dairy farming system.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA couple who have a low-cost structure on their central Taranaki dairy farm are focusing on debt reduction after participating in a strategic planning session.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki farmers have the opportunity to present the dairy industry's story by taking part in a new educational programme.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe number of Taranaki entries in a prestigious farm environment competition is almost double what was originally expected and organisers are delighted.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA mobile processor will shred containers at Agrecovery depots at Waverley, Okato and Inglewood next week for further processing in Auckland and Christchurch.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe 2014 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards will be launched on Thursday next week.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe owners of a Taranaki organic farm have had to diversify their operation to keep their dream alive.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA look at the early days of the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year contest has set the scene for its 25th anniversary and the prestigious 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry awards.
ANDREA FOX - © Fairfax NZ NewsMiraka, the baby of the multi-billion dollar New Zealand export dairy processing industry, is growing up fast.
TIM CRONSHAW - © Fairfax NZ NewsBidding for an ultra fine bale of merino wool from naturally raised hoggets in Central Otago could reach levels unseen for some time at the Christchurch wool auction today.
DairyNZ's two longest-serving directors retained their seats at yesterday's annual meeting in Hawera.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsAfter a 20-year career as a grazier, Ian Marshall is an expert in growing stock.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsTaranaki farmers have a second opportunity to find out how to plan the transition of their farms to the next generation.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsFarmers need to take ownership of their financial budgets for them to be of value.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew infections of bovine digital dermatitis (BDD) continue to be found in dairy herds.
Confidence among New Zealand beef farmers has been boosted by a kind spring, says a new Rabobank report.
A scientist's finding of earthworms on landfarms has been welcomed by Taranaki Federated Farmers.
A new-look angus brand providing premium payments for farmers will be announced at the World Angus Forum.
The market for high-producing in-milk cows was strong at Tuesday's stock sale at Stratford.
Moves to tighten rules for palm kernel extract imports have pleased a farmer who has argued for stricter regulations.
Good pasture management is the key to maintaining the high milk flow
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsMeasuring on-farm performance has helped a Tariki couple reach milestones.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsFarmers aren't exactly flocking to take part in a prestigious competition.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe amount of plastic waste collected from Taranaki dairy farms is lagging behind what's gathered in other parts of the country.
© Fairfax NZ NewsWaikato's Tatua dairy co-operative turns 100 next year and hopes to mark its century with its biggest expansion project ever - a $65 million specialised products drier.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealand's new farmer-owned wool sales and marketing company is focusing on the luxury market.
SUE O'DOWD - © Fairfax NZ NewsA six-year trial on a Hawera research farm has been recognised by a major award in the Waikato.
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