Cutting carbon emissions on farms

The farm that Lyn Webster leases contains plenty of mature trees that she receives no carbon credits for.

Pastures must soak up carbon from the atmosphere, Lyn Webster says.

Transparency pay off for farmers

Farmers showing good environmental stewardship and animal welfare practices should be rewarded by consumers looking for ...

Primary Industries' director general Martyn Dunne says the trend towards greater openness around food production should see rewards for good farmers.

Taranaki stream health continues to improve

Streamside fencing and planting has had a positive impact in Taranaki, the regional council says.

Region's water quality trends the best in two decades, report shows.

Bull named Noah for wet farmers

World Wide Sires' General Manager, Hank Lina said extreme wet conditions have challenged dairy farmers across the country.

Elite bull Noah's semen is being discounted for Manawatū farmers hit by the rain.

Subsidising farmers not the answer

It is important to keep agricultural biological emissions out of the ETS until cost-effective mitigation technologies ...

Farmers do not want subsidies to reduce the financial impact of including agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Sheep milking company grows

Spring Sheep Milking Company's new sheep milking farm at Cambridge will have a low lying 2x24-stall milking parlour, ...

A new sheep milking farm is to be established by the Spring Sheep Milking Company near Cambridge.

Dairy genetics reduce nitrates

A genetic breakthrough promises to reduce the amount of nitrogen excreted in urine on dairy farms and therefore reduce ...

A genetics breakthrough is expected to save millions of kilograms of nitrate excreted onto dairy farms.

Dairy's up, so are nitrates

Increased dairy production in Taranaki has coincided with a rise in nitrate levels in groundwater.

Dairy effluent discharges onto land needed to be well managed to reduce groundwater nitrate levels.

Dairy prices, ANZ forecast down

ANZ rural economist Con Williams has lowered the bank's forecast price to a range of $6.25-$6.50 per kilogram of milksolids.

Dairy prices have fallen again, for the second consecutive auction.

Top precision ag experts meet

Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand chairman Craige​ Mackenzie says some of the world's top experts are at ...

Hamilton is hosting an international conference for precision agriculture experts.

Precision agriculture's time arrives

Future sensor technology will be small and disposable and will allow farmers gather data to make their businesses more ...

Farms will soon carry biodegradable fingernail-sized sensors.

$35k fine for fouling prized stream

Photo of the foaming effect and discolouration
within the tributary abouth 360 metres downstream from the discharge point.

About 150,000 litres of dairy effluent overflowed into a Taranaki stream, making it "highly toxic".

Tractors to go in rural school auction

Kiwitea school auction organising team, from left; Merv Avery, Lucy McKinnon, Simon McKay and Zac Harris.

Kiwitea School is holding a Trade Me type auction for items as big as tractors.

Hunt on for agri-superstars

Stu Bradbury with his dog Clay in a workshop on his farm in Colyton. Bradbury runs Sprout, an agri-business start-up ...

Palmerston North innovator company Sprout is looking for the best paddock to plate designs.

Farmers seek spring weather

A farmer wades through a flooded paddock in Manawatū.

Farmers are over the big wet that has made working this miserable.

Sights set on shorter calving


Two Taranaki dairy farmers are aiming to cut their calving period by almost a month.

Apprentice scheme long time coming

Federated Farmers and Primary ITO's new dairy apprenticeship scheme will help fill the shortage of good dairy staff that ...

The earn and learn new dairy apprenticeship scheme has been well received by all.

Rain, rain, go away video

Gordonton dairy farmer Wayne Reynolds stands on his damp farm as a dark cloud lingers in what has been the wettest year ...

It's the wettest year on record in the Waikato and farmer Wayne Reynolds is praying for dry.

Fonterra penalty options for PKE limits

New guidelines for palm kernel usage will get underway in September 2018.

Fonterra farmers have until September to adjust farming systems so they fall below new palm kernel limits.

Contending with cattle kill

Sharemilkers should be completely covered for any losses related to Mycoplasma.

Not only are the Van Leeuwens affected by the cattle disease which has hit their farms - so are their workers and sharemilkers.

4000 cattle to be killed video

18062015  News John Bisset/FairfaxNZ.  Wilma and Aad van Leeuwen's massive dairy shed inland from Makikihi
Wilma and Aad ...

Officials believe they can contain the cattle disease Mycoplasma by killing 4000 cattle on infected properties.

Moan-free water solution

Having a state owned water exporter would allow all New Zealanders to benefit from this abundant natural resource.

OPINION: Perhaps we could turn to water exports instead of dairy.

From Remuera to the Hauraki Plains

DairyNZ consulting officer for the Hauraki Plains Coromandel, Annabelle Smart.

City girl becomes dairy consultant.

Dairy gem from snowy start

The van der Bijl family at Broad Acres, near Mossburn.

Despite hesitation from outsiders, the van der Bijl family has formed a successful dairy business.

Pilot dairy apprenticeship scheme

A new apprenticeship scheme has been designed to attract more young people into the dairy industry.

A new dairy apprenticeship programme has been launched.

Looking past Fonterra's spin

Fonterra has been quick within its annual report to congratulate itself for overall value-add performance.

​OPINION: You have to dig deep to find out what's really happening at the dairy giant.

Water challenge needs strong leaders

Making necessary changes to improve water quality will not be easy, Bryce Johnson says.

The new government will have a challenge on its hands to solve water quality.

Global milk production up

Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins predicts New Zealand's total season milk production will be higher than last year's, ...

Even though more milk is being produced than in recent times, China will absorb the increase.

Synlait to spend in Manawatū

John Penno, the managing director of Synlait Milk.

Dairy company to spend some of its research and development budget at Massey.

Wet weather makes contractors anxious

Waikato's wet weather is affecting both farmers and livestock.

John Hodge has never seen a winter and spring as wet as this one.

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