Leaders reject notion of too many cows

Cows on a farm near Glenavy, South Canterbury. as cold weather approaches. Farming leader dispute that there are too ...

A group of farming leaders rejects the notion New Zealand has too many cows.

No outrage over Labour's water tax

The idea of taxing farmers for water makes Lyn Webster's blood boil.

The lack of outrage from people over the Labour Party's proposed water tax is frightening, Lyn Webster says.

China demand strong for a2 Milk

Sales in Australia, New Zealand and China underpinned A2's results.

NZ dairy company's profit nearly tripled on the back of soaring demand for its infant formula products in China.

Cow disease strikes third farm

Cows on an a farm near Oamaru look likely to have been infected with the Mycoplasma bovis disease from a Van Leeuwen ...

The cow disease Mycoplasma looks as though it has spread to a third farm, this one in Oamaru.

Waimate irrigation newbie top of class

Graduates from the national certificate in irrigation system designs.

Young irrigating specialist William Bragg is already excelling in his field.

Muddy times for Canterbury farmers

Feds national meat and fibre chairman Miles Anderson is well through lambing.

Farmers calving and lambing have struck muddy paddocks in South Canterbury.

Rain takes toll on farmers

Hawera contract milker Blair Young in a waterlogged paddock. Persistent rain through July and August has left Taranaki ...

Persistent rain has left Taranaki paddocks so sodden, farmers 'might as well plant rice'.

Shortened calving=more income

Peter and Merrin Bailey are happy with the results of their experiment to synchronise their herd so the herd calves down ...

Trying to calve most of a herd as close together as possible has had its spin-offs for a Manawatu couple.

Low in-calf rates cost farmers thousands

The average Taranaki dairy farmer loses almost $40,000 a year through low six-week in-calf rates and high empty rates, ...

Improving the reproductive performance of their herds could save some dairy farmers $40,000 a year, a Taranaki vet says.

Scholarships help foster ag careers


Inaugural awards help six young people on their path to careers in the red meat, food and farming industries.

Labour's $100m a year water tax

Labour's policy would be flexible around drought or very wet areas.

A $100m per annum water tax across the country for farmers and water bottlers.

Fonterra's cheese factory rises from fire

Fonterra chairman John Wilson speaks at the opening of the co-operative's new cheese factory in Victoria, Australia.

A new $149 million cheese plant has been opened by Fonterra in Australia.

Farming the Kaimai winds

Kaimai Ranges wind farming prospects Jo and Mat Denize with their children (from left) John, Amy and Emily.

 Living on the side of a mountain range ensures great views - and plenty of wind. A Waikato couple are in line for another income source from Mother Nature, writes Andrea Fox.

Riparian planting no silver bullet

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says dairy farmers have invested a "huge effort" in planting alongside rivers and streams.

River side plantings have their limitations on farms.

Business savvy farmers get ahead

Farm ownership is still achievable for those  farmers who are business savvy, Gaynor Tierney says.

Buying a first farm isn't easy but it's made easier with a grasp of business basics.

Raw milk on the menu

Logan and Melissa Johnson with their Farm Fresh South milking cows.

New raw milk business for Southland.

Little stink over dairy effluents

A 2016-17 survey finds dairy farmers across Tasman district have a high level of compliance for effluent management.

Only two dairy farms in the Tasman district have been found to have serious breaches in effluent management.

Unexpected dairy drop

Federated Farmers dairy group chairman Chris Lewis says farmers are less "hell for leather" than a few years ago.

For the fourth time in the last five auctions, global dairy prices have fallen slightly.

Writing a new chapter

Brad and Christine Sulzberger hope their win will inspire young people in the industry.

Standfirst: A farm that was nearly lost is now an award winning dairy farm - Sonita Chandar reports.

The realities of Mycoplasma bovis

MPI staff address a public meeting in South Canterbury called to address farmers' concerns about Mycoplasma bovis.

Keith Woodford explores the implications if Mycoplasma bovis becomes established in New Zealand.

20-year milk run slowing

A slowdown was signalled five years ago, but it's taken longer than expected for the brakes to go on.

The last two decades of runaway growth will soon come to an end as environmental limits are reached, bank says.

NZ cheeses recognised at awards

Fonterra picked up two runner-up prizes at an international cheese competition in the United Kingdom.

Waikato cheese caught the judges' eyes at the International Cheese Awards.

Praise for MPI disease work

Guy Wigley has patted MPI on the back for fronting up on Mycoplasma bovis.

MPI is often subject to brickbats for its handling of issues but Federated Farmers has handed it a bouquet.

Methane driven electricity for farmers

Dairy Green agricultural and engineering consultant Quinton Scandrett, Fortuna Group chief executive David Dodunski, ...

Fortuna Group has been recognised for its methane recovery project.

Lambs and calves enter muddy world

This lamb is just one of many braving the wet conditions on a farms near Palmerston North.

Lambs are having to deal with muddy paddocks.

Poor effluence compliance

The Waikato Regional Council found that 23 per cent of inspected dairy farms were fully compliant last year.

Just 23 per cent of farms inspected by the Waikato Regional Council were judged fully compliant last season.

'Taxing farmers won't help rivers'

Finance minister and National Party campaign manager Steven Joyce says Labour's water tax will send the environment ...

Steven Joyce says Labour's water plan would make rivers worse and regions poorer.

MPI unsure of bovine disease origin

Farmer are being encouraged to introduce disinfection point stations to prevent the risk of spreading Mycoplasma bovis ...

Farmers are being warned to prepare for possible long-term management of Mycoplasma bovis.

Dairy farmers can pay off some debt say banks

Westpac agricultural  manager Dave Hutchison.

Dairy farm earnings mean farmers can pay back some debt after coping with three poor seasons.

Bottling, irrigation miles apart

Our water is a valuable resource, even now when there is an over-abundance of it.

OPINION: Many farmers will be forced to leave the industry if a tax on water is introduced.

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