Worth his $8.32m a year?

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings has achieved a three-year earnings target in two years.

Fonterra's boss helped launch a transformation that added $2b to its balance sheet in two years. Most farmers seem OK with that.

Peters slams 'fat cat' pay

Theo Spierings and Winston Peters

The kingmaker Winston Peters slams the king of dairy's $8.32m pay packet.

Venison gains in value

The last time venison prices got close to $10 per kilogram was in 2008.

Deer numbers are slowly rebuilding and marketing efforts paying off with better prices.

Fireworks cause calf panic

The future of a popular fireworks night in South Taranaki is in the hands of an independent commissioner.

The public Guy Fawkes' display was so loud a herd of calves stampeded and some injured themselves, one fatally, a farmer claimed.

Planting scheme just the start

Taranaki Regional Council chairman David MacLeod says the council won't wait for the national debate on water quality to ...

Taranaki's regional council says it won't stand still on further improvements to water quality.

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Suiting most people most of the time

Greenpeace, Exhibit B in Karl Popper's pantheon of anti-science activities.

On election day, Doug Edmeades reflects on the future of science in a 'post-truth age'.

Aussie outback breeds special type of farmer

Think Kiwi farmers are tough? Aussies in the outback take some beating.

Farmer protest shows rural concerns

Farmer innovation and change

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.


The $8.32m dairyman

Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings was under fire two years ago when it was revealed he earned $5m, and his pay has since jumped.

The head of New Zealand's largest company has seen his pay jump 57 per cent.

Owl Farm mulling over system options

Owl Farm's future farming system is still undecided.

AgFirst and Greenlea's dairy beef pilot programme will use an accreditation system based around higher farming standards ...

Fully traced beef for high end market

A higher level of  traceability is aimed for high end consumers in the added value market.


Rye grass stress research revolutionary

Lincoln Agritech biotechnology group's Richard Weld, left, Johanna Steyaert, Camille Vagner, Nicholas Glithero, Thomas ...

Researchers are using an $8.2m grant to find revolutionary ways to increase the stress tolerance of plants.

Secrets of clover and soil

Increasing levels of potassium in soil can have a direct increase on returns.

Farmers with shares in an irrigation scheme may lease their land to use shares.

Canty farmers on lookout for leased land

Demand is rising for Canterbury leased land, particularly for dairy support.


Pushing aquaculture frontiers

Dr Serean Adams, Cawthron aquaculture group manager at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park.

New species and technologies will increase resilience of aquaculture stock for the future, industry told.

MPI ready for legal battle

Before its fish farm plan was made public, the Government had one eye on the cost of beating any legal challenge.

Michael Andrew Dickson, 45, illegally sold more than $30,000 worth of rock lobster, pictured, and paua. (File photo)

Black-market paua sales busted

Canterbury fisherman ran a lengthy black-market paua and rock lobster operation in exchange for cash, favours, alcohol and wild meat.


Stock lose condition as cold bites

Dairy cows in Manawatū.  Pasture has been slow given the cold, wet spring.

Ewes and dairy cows are losing some condition as spring is slow to arrive.

MP v farmers round 2

Iain Lees-Galloway maintains he was shoved. Farmers don't agree.

A bee lands on a manuka flower looking for pollen.

Planting early flowering mānuka costly

Plant early flowering mānuka at your peril.


North Canty farmers revel in stellar spring

Hawarden farmer Dan Hodgen pictured during the drought. He is confident of a good spring this year.

Consistent rain has provided a stellar spring in North Canterbury, a far cry from the drought of the past three years.

Alliance buys Goldkiwi Asia

Alliance Group has bought marketing company Goldkiwi Asia.

Labour candidate for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway left a farmer meeting about irrigation tax early.

Politician flees 'hostile' farmers

Labour MP claims he was "physically pushed" and his van rammed at meeting about party's water tax.


Velvetleaf to return with changing seasons

Warm spring temperatures will result in velvetleaf sprouting in Waikato paddocks again.

Arable experts are warning Waikato farmers to look out for velvetleaf in paddocks.

Kiwifruit under climate change threat

Kiwifruit is under threat from climate change because of warmer winter temperatures.

Simon and Lou White with their children Millie, 4, George, 3, and Oscar, 1.

Trial hemp seed crops taste success

Technology and the environment are working hand in hand at Ludlow Farms in Central Hawke's Bay.


Owl Farm mulling over system options

Owl Farm is still weighing up different farm system options for stage two of its development.

Owl Farm's future farming system is still undecided.

Beating the bugs brought by tourists

While we welcome foreign tourists, we'd much rather they arrived minus bugs, banned food, or other nasties.

An alpaca at the national show at Manfeild,in Manawatū.

Best show alpacas on display

Feilding was the alpaca centre of the nation at the weekend.


Research revives dry aging of meat

University of Otago meat researcher Tanyaradzwa Mungure, whose work reviving ancient techniques to enhance meat flavour ...

Dry aging meat concentrates the flavour. Rob Tipa reports on a scientist who is working on an electrifying new aspect.

New tech to measure pastures

With drones, satellites and aerial surveying used for crop monitoring, why not measure pasture from the skies?

Mānuka and kānuka seem to have an inhibiting effect on the microbes in the soil that mediate the nitrogen cycle

Mānuka joins water battle 

Planting mānuka could reduce the impacts of farming on waterways, research shows.

rural women

Fonterra given a serve

Dairy farmer and Fonterra director Leonie Guiney challenged the 'group think' on the board, making some feel ...

NZ's largest employer is under fire for having so few women on its board, after spurning a sitting female director.

Dressing for success

A charity that helps women into work received donations of clothing as event entry fees.

Louise Giltrap is the rose between her two brothers, David, left, and Richard.

Cheer up, it's not as bad as all that

Louise Giltrap tries to keep positive despite the neverending rain and persistent flu.


Johnny Danger's beer pulled

Car surfing social media star's beer yanked from shelves after supermarket twigs to his behaviour.

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