Environment rules playing bigger part in farm sales

Farm buyers will have to undergo due diligence on a property's environmental credentials to help asses a farm's ...

Present and future environmental protection rules, whatever their final shape, are increasingly being taken account when buying and selling farms.

Proper pasture management critical for spring

Farmers need to start thinking about pasture management now in order to get themselves ready for spring.

Proper pasture management is critical to starting spring on the right foot.

Vision and passion key for Wests' success

Ngatea dairy farmers Peter and Karen West say their goal to keep producing the best and most sustainable milk possible ...

Dairy farming is all about finding a successful balance between work and life for Peter and Karen West.

Capping cows no silver bullet

There are better ways of improving the country's water quality than a regulatory cap on dairy cows.

A cap on cows is not the silver bullet for improving water quality.

NZ GM ryegrass trialled

AgResearch scientist Greg Bryan says GM ryegrasses will undertake five years of trials in the United States.

Genetically modified grass developed by AgResearch in NZ to cut greenhouse gas is being tested overseas.

Clock ticking on calf rule changes

Bobby calf.

Dairy farmers have just four weeks to meet new bobby calf regulations.

Reducing dairying's environmental footprint

Reducing cows is but one blunt option.

Howard de Klerk discusses the options available to farmers to reduce dairying's impact on the environment.

Journo queries cow-global warming link

The life of a sheep or cow cannot add extra atom carbon to the atmosphere that was not already there before the animal ...

An Aussieds author debunks the link between methane emissions of cattle and global warming

Rising to the top

Manawatu farmer Haley Hoogendyk made history earlier this year when she was named the 2017 Farm Manager of the Year.

Standfirst: A Manawatu farmer has made history - Sonita Chandar reports.

Our People - Richard McCullough

Richard and Nadine McCullogh farm at Karapiro in partnership with his parents.

Richard McCullough and wife Nadine have a two-year-old daughter and milk 700 cows on 383ha at Karapiro in partnership with his parents. They supply Open Country Dairy and calve in autumn.

A journey to the top

Mid-Canterbury farmer Jessie Chan-Dorman is the 2017 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.  Pictured Jessie with an adoring fan.

:The 2017 Dairy Woman of the Year talks to Sonita Chandar about her journey of learning.

Our People - Charlotte Heald

Russell and Charlotte Heald farm in equity partnership with family at Norsewood in southern Hawke's Bay.  From left ...

Charlotte Heald and husband Russell farm in equity partnership with family at Norsewood where they will be milking 430 cows in the coming season.

Living the dream

Clay Paton realised he was on the wrong career path so changed to dairying.  He is the 2017 Dairy Trainee of the Year.


More than Luck

Eleven-year-old Molly Fletcher and her calf Luckie, placed 101 times across 21 shows.  Molly and Luckie brought home 39 ...

Eleven-year-old Molly Fletcher and her calf Luckie, placed 101 times across 21 shows. Molly and Luckie brought home 39 first placings and were made supreme champion four times.

Riverside planting an 'addiction'

Paul Charmley talks about riparian planting at a field day.

About 40 people went to a riparian planting field day at Tararua dairy farm.

Dairy farm best in the business

Andrew and Sibylle Sulzberger, Urenui, Taranaki, supreme winners of the Dairy Business of the Year.

New Zealand's top dairy farming business is run by the Sulzberger family in Taranaki.

Fonterra dairy volumes fall

Fonterra collected 1526 million kilograms of milk solids off its farms for the 2016-17 season.

Last year's wet spring helped push Fonterra milk volumes back by 3 per cent.

Farmers elect new dairy chairman

Chris Lewis is the new national dairy chairman for Federated Farmers.

Federated Farmers have a new national dairy chairman.

Wards family on farm 142 years

Richard, Myra and William Wards are three generations who have grown up at Hawthornden.

Jan and Richard Wards are keen to see what the fifth generation does with their 142-year-old farm.

Woodlots dangerous for farmers

WorkSafe New Zealand says many of the woodlots on farmland were planted on steep ground which made harvesting these ...

It's not worth the risk for farmers to harvest woodlots on steep hill country, WorkSafe says.

Stock effluent in national spotlight

A Southland dairy compliance project is gaining national recognition.

An Environment Southland and dairy industry partnership is up for a national award.

Farmers need to re-invest in environment

Farmers will ultimately benefit from environmental initiatives, Peter McDonald says.

 The Proposed Southland Water and Land Plan will ultimately benefit farmers, Peter McDonald writes.

Dairy prices fall slightly

Nigel Brunel, director of OM Financial, recommends farmers consider investing in milk futures as a means of managing risk.

Analysts expect dairy prices to remain firm, despite a small drop at the latest global dairy auction.

Variety is the spice of life

Miraka Farm's Tess and Graham Smith between them run five businesses.

 Who says men can't do more than one thing at a time? Andrea Fox meets a farmer who knocks that idea on the head.

Manawatu's poster family for organic milk

The Flipps are organic dairy farmers at Oroua Downs. At the milking shed are Mark Flipp, left, Darryl Flipp, Deborah ...

A new organic milk product can be traced to the Flipp family in Manawatu.

Finger pointing by blame merchants

View of the Whanganui river from Pipiriki.

Organisations concerned with freshwater quality should work with farmers.

Vast changes for dairying future

Taranaki dairy farmers enjoy the benefits of free-draining volcanic soils.

Keith Woodford looks ahead and sees a dairying industry vastly different from today's.

Israeli cows world leaders

Herd manager Udi Stainbaum works at a dairy farm in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, southern Israel. Israeli dairy farmers ...

Israel runs a highly intensive, centrally controlled system to produce milk.

Synlait drops payout price

Synlait CEO John Penno says a drop in dairy prices at the beginning of the year had forced the company to lower its ...

Synlait started the 2016-17 season with an optimistic payout but has been forced to adjust it down.

We know our chocolate milk

Cali Langley.

Millions of American adults think the flavoured milk comes from brown cows, but Kiwi kids aren't buying it.

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