Fonterra lifts price to farmers

Fonterra farmers are benefiting from better global dairy prices.

Farmers received a welcome surprise this morning as Fonterra raised its farmgate forecast.

Infected cows must go

Labour spokesman for primary industries Damien O'Connor is calling for all the cows on the property where Mycoplasma ...

The 150 stricken cattle on a South Canterbury farm should be put down to contain the contagious disease, MP says.

Fitness, calving, a wilful child

Louise Giltrap's daughter Brittney and "unofficially adopted" son Daniel, with eight of her nine grandchildren.

Louise Giltrap is coping well with a new health regime the physical and mental demands of calving and a wilful daughter.

Farm pigs' 'life of misery' video

SAFE has now launched a petition calling for the government to stop mother pigs being confined to cages.

Animal rights group says footage shows crates are cruel, researcher says they save piglets.

Plastic infests our fisheries

Auckland University researchers have looked at plastics eaten by fish around the South Pacific.

They're fish you can buy from your local fish market and most of them have eaten plastic, research suggests.

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Fitness, calving and a wilful child

Louise Giltrap's daughter Brittney and "unofficially adopted" son Daniel, with eight of her nine grandchildren.

Louise Giltrap is coping well with a new health regime the physical and mental demands of calving and a wilful daughter.

When will the rain ever stop?

The cows may need snorkels when they leave the milking shed if the wet weather continues, says Marc Gascoigne.

Can wool unravel its tangled history?

Rain, rain and more rain

Field days

A Fieldays roadie

A sight that never fails to thrill Brad Markham. Overlooking the Fieldays agricultural expo at Mystery Creek.

Opinion: There are never enough hours in the day when you visit Fieldays.

Tractor Pull thrills

Modified tractors, the farming equivalent of boy racers, delighted spectators at Mystery Creek.

British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jonathan Sinclair at Fieldays.

British back at Fieldays

The British were back at Fieldays for the first time in 17 years.

dairy

Fodder beet costs could be cut

Fodder Beet

2:45 PM  Farmers could save thousands by reducing fertiliser use on fodder beet crops, researchers say.

Farmers to benefit from heaviest bull calf

Farmers are being asked to enter their heaviest bull calf to raise money for rural support.

Fonterra farmers are benefiting from better global dairy prices.

Fonterra lifts price to farmers

Farmers received a welcome surprise this morning as Fonterra raised its farmgate forecast.

advice
Adam Duker, DairyNZ lower North Island catchment engagement leader says improving water quality is not just the ...

Farmers ‘heartened’ by water quality improvements

Dairy farmers have been working to improve water quality, but many often don't get to see the results of their efforts away from their farms and downstream.

aquaculture

Plastic infests our fisheries

Auckland University researchers have looked at plastics eaten by fish around the South Pacific.

They're fish you can buy from your local fish market and most of them have eaten plastic, research suggests.

Fishing regulations opposed

Southland fishermen are worried about the effect new government regulations will have on their businesses.

New Zealand King Salmon has filed for a judicial review to try stop a mussel farm extension threatening one of its ...

Legal battle over aquaculture space

NZ King Salmon seek judicial review to quash a mussel farm extension muscling in on a public space proposed for salmon farming.

beef

Top ewe hoggets despite record drought

Hawarden, North Canterbury, farmer Richard Power won the romney section of this year's New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.

North Canterbury farmers Richard and Mez Power won romney section of this year's New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.

Let people take a peek

Dairy farmers should be proud of their industry and not be afraid to let people in.

Sophie Brown is keen to test her calf-raising abilities.

Farmers to benefit from heaviest bull calf

Farmers are being asked to enter their heaviest bull calf to raise money for rural support.

Sheep

Top ewe hoggets despite record drought

Hawarden, North Canterbury, farmer Richard Power won the romney section of this year's New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.

North Canterbury farmers Richard and Mez Power won romney section of this year's New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition.

Every lamb counts on Ida Valley farm

On a small Otago farm, every blade of grass counts, every stock unit has to produce a return and every lamb that survives is a bonus.

Rowland Smith had a good run at the Southern Shears held in Gore.

World record for Kiwi shearer

Sibling rivalry has stepped up a notch after a world shearing record was smashed by Rowland Smith.

cropping

Many machines make light work

Brayden Bills makes small conventional bales on their farm at Palmerston North.

A Palmerston North family talk to Samantha Tennent about keeping costs down.

Irrigators appeal against plan change

Irrigation New Zealand says Ecan's Plan Change 5 could affect the viability of farming in Canterbury.

John Hodge says maize growers will be asking for a higher price for silage and grain grown this season.

Maize growers want price lift

Dairy farmers can expect to pay more for maize silage this season.

agribusiness

Fonterra lifts price to farmers

Fonterra farmers are benefiting from better global dairy prices.

Farmers received a welcome surprise this morning as Fonterra raised its farmgate forecast.

LIC sells off its deer breeding business

LIC is getting out of deer improvement to focus on dairy.

Brothers Tom, Fergus and Sam Lourie, Takapau, getting in a bit of fencing practice in the lead up to the TeenAg national ...

Battle of the brothers at TeenAg

Bragging rights belonged to Year 13 student Sam Lourie after he beat his two younger brothers at the TeenAg grand final in Feilding.

Discovery

Collars keep cows contained

Beef cows wear collars that train them to keep within a "virtual" fence.

DairyNZ research engineer Brian Dela Rue considers whether electric fencing might be consigned to the history books.

The lowdown on drones

Would a drone help on the farm? DairyNZ has some advice.

De Laval's automatic milking rotary (AMR) on a farm in Tasmania.

Too soon for the robot milker?

DairyNZ scientist Brian Dela Rue takes a closer look at farmer-less milking, where cows move quietly and efficiently through robotic milking machines.

rural women

Lending a helping hand

Katrina Thomas won the Dairy Women's Network Dairy Community Leadership award for 2017.

 

Whoopee for wonderful wool

A garment is called eco-friendly when made out of recycled plastic bottles. We already have a great natural product readily available.

Mandy Evans feeding out her coopworth ewe hoggets, winners of the flock performance award in the recent New Zealand Ewe ...

Every lamb counts on Ida Valley farm

On a small Otago farm, every blade of grass counts, every stock unit has to produce a return and every lamb that survives is a bonus.

Video

Private cancer centre opens

Wellington hospital's former Christmas decorations storeroom has been transformed into a private cancer care centre.

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