Migrant workers boost dairy industry

Dairy farmer Michael Woodward thinks the Government should change its migrant dairy worker policy to reflect realities.

Immigrants are valuable for both the dairy industry and the communities in which they live, dairy argues.

Irrigators appeal against plan change

Irrigation New Zealand is appealing Environment Canterbury's Plan Change 5.

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

Cow disease reaches NZ

Cows on a South Canterbury farm have been found infected with the disease Mycoplasma bovis, the first time it has been ...

A highly contagious cattle disease has infected a South Canterbury dairy herd in the first recorded case in NZ.

Pioneers' days are past - no more risks

Stuart Taylor, with son Miller, says it is no longer acceptable to take a risk on the farm.

Marton dairy farmer Stuart Taylor has given a staff member the job of being the health and safety "conscience" on his 1200-cow farm.

Faull family success

Taranaki dairy farmer and hotelier Gavin Faull is among the latest NBR Rich List.

Gavin Faull is one of two Taranaki entries on the latest NBR Rich List.

Solving the bobby problem


Wagyu bulls offered a solution to the bobby calf issue for a South Taranaki family.

Hogget sales for cancer society

PGG Wrightson stock agent Maurice Stewart shows buyers the teeth of sheep at at the Feilding sale.

Sale of hoggets at Feilding hogget fair, to make money - maybe $15,000 fto support the region's cancer society and those in rural areas particularly.

Big storm disrupts farms and dam

Opuha Dam spillway after last week's storm. About 150 millimeters of rain fell in a 10 hour period in the catchment to ...

Farmers are dealing with a muddy aftermath following last week's storm.

Warning for rural parents


Spring is peak season for a potentially life-threatening illness most likely to affect pre-schoolers.

Heavy rain a worry for farmers

Farmers are concerned for stock during the heavy rain falling today.

Farmers are concerned for their stock in today's heavy rain.

Don't spare the cream cheese

A tea macchiato with a topping of cream cheese is all the go in China.

Chinese consumers are finding 'bold' new ways of using cream cheese and Fonterra is capitalising on the trend.

MyFarm goes from farms to advice

Andrew Watters, chief executive at MyFarm, is starting a dairy farm business advisory service.

MyFarm moves from pure investment company to giving advice because of fewer dairy farm listings.

Hunt for best bull calves

A breeding company wants the best bull calves

A breeding company wants farmers to look out for their best bull calves.

Early calf prices strong

A friesian bull calf waits for the auction at Manfeild Park.

Early calf prices at Manawatu sales are strong, driven by the high beef price.

No warnings for bobby calf rule breakers

Another three bobby calf regulations comes into effect next month.

MPI says they will be cracking down on farmers breaking bobby calf rules.

Masters of farming diversification

Mt Somers Station runs from the Ashburton River to the boundary of the conservation park at the base of Mt Somers.

Kate and David Acland have made a great success of diversifying their farming business.

Farm values fall from oil exploration

Cows graze next to a well site run by the New Zealand Energy Corporation near Ngaere in the Stratford district..

Former Taranaki farmers are warning Southlanders about the problems with oil and gas drilling.

Butter price doubles in a year

Jersey cows, prized for producing butterfat, make up about 15 per cent of the national dairy herd.

It's not our biggest export product, but the dairy star at the moment is butter.

Farmers needed for farmers market

Dave and Kathy Wilson of Wilson's Vege Stall with some of their produce.

Dairy farmers Dave and Kathy Wilson are encouraging farmers to diversify.

Nuffield introduction to global agriculture

2017 Nuffield NZ scholar Mat Hocken, Feilding.

The best thing about Mat Hocken's Nuffield scholarship has been the way it has opened his eyes to the global agricultural stage. The hardest thing has been leaving his young family.

100 cows hit by natural poison

Ergot toxicity appears only sporadically in dairy herds nationally.

Farmers put down cows suffering after eating a fungus in their feed in Southland and Otago.

Ocean Drover visits Timaru again

The Ocean Drover pictured during a visit to Timaru in 2016.

The world's largest livestock carrier sits off coast of Timaru waiting to collect cows bound for China.

Mysteries of grass and milk

There is evidence that grass-fed milk contains less saturated fat, at least in some situations, and more Omega-3 fatty acids.

Here in NZ, we love the notion that milk from grass-fed cows is superior to milk from cows fed other rations.

New face for Young Farmers

The new face at the Young Farmers board. Hamish Best competes in the fencing section at this year's Young Farmers contest.

Young Farmer of the Year runner-up Hamish Best is on the Young Farmers committee.

Snow and wet takes toll

Stock numbers were down at the Feilding sale yards from the snow and wet conditions.

Stock numbers were hit by snow to reduce yardings at the Feilding stock sale in Manawatu.

All systems go for dairy trust

A jersey cow on the lower slopes of Mt Taranaki.

Research is underway at the Stratford Demonstration Farm as Taranaki's new dairy trust gets down to business.

Southern Dairy Hub opens

Southern Dairy Hub business manager Guy Michaels stands in the new dairy shed.

 The Southern Dairy Hub is officially operating.

Dairy farms in the moo-la

Top dairy farmers are making better money at the same time as scaling down their environmental impact.

Dairy farm profits are in a healthier state than the two previous seasons.

PGP praised for farmers' price shock resilience

Some PGP  projects helped farmers and farm managers boost productivity and profit during tough times.

A consultant says dairy farmers can partly thank a PGP for the resilience to face price shocks.

Big freeze hits lower north farms

An Ormondville farmer in southern Hawke's Bay feeds out supplements to his cattle.

Farmers are squelching in mud and fighting snow as they attempt to feed out to cold and hungry animals.

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