Glass milk bottles are back

Milk glass.

The clink of milk bottles in the fridge is making a comeback as boutique diary companies opt for glass over plastic.

Exchange rate gives agriculture a breather

A lower dollar stimulates more demand for our exports but also raises everyone's costs.

OPINION: The lower dollar gives agriculture time to adjust to New Zealand's new realities.

Pet stag butchered by poachers

The stag was killed and butchered in a North Canterbury paddock.

The 12-pointer pet stag, which ate from its owners hands, was killed and cut up on private property.

First tanker rolls in video

Mataura Valley Milk general manager Bernard May, left, and founding director 'Inky' Ian Tulloch cut the ribbon at the ...

Mataura Valley Milk takes first delivery of milk to its $200m plant north of Gore.

Anglers hook appeal support

Central South Island Fish and Game Chief Executive Jay Graybill has confirmed the organisation will join an appeal ...

Central South Island Fish and Game has joined the appeal against a large irrigation scheme in the Rangitata River

Rooney cheered for scheme support

Gary Rooney, chairman of Rooney Holdings Ltd, is believed to be worth in excess of $120 million.

Waimate rich-lister Gary Rooney is being praised for an $18.5m underwriting of the Hunter Downs water scheme.

Lies and upset cows

Daniel and Loretta Smith were employed to work on Stuart Muir's farm in Waiuku, near Auckland.

Couple whose arguing affected the cows they milked were unfairly sacked, but get no payout.

C for 'see you next year'

Marlborough's 54 dairy farms get inspected every year on short notice.

Top marks for farm inspections, but team could do better with follow-up visits and penalties, report finds.

Milking It: The journey of milk video

One of the friesian cows on Gallagher's farm south of Auckland.

 As a milk producing, and exporting nation, where does our milk come from?

Mild weather pleases farmers

Good end of year growth will help  lower the need for supplement feeding.

Above average winter temperatures and record sunshine hours has helped during peak calving and end of winter growth for Northland farmers.

Ewe wouldn't believe it video

Proud mum ewe 605 with her lambs Molly, Polly, Holly, Ollie and Keith.

Nobody told ewe number 605 that sheep don't have five babies at one.

Kiwi milk price 'astoundingly high' video

A Countdown spokeswoman said the biggest driver of price was what Fonterra was paying farmers - as well as other costs ...

New Zealand milk prices are "astoundingly high" – and we might have supermarkets to blame.

What lives beneath

ESR groundwater scientist Dr Louise Weaver says one of the challenges has been identifying the organisms that help ...

Microbes that exist in underground aquifers can help keep groundwater supplies healthy.

The same milk in different bottles

What is the different between premium Anchor and value brand Dairy Dale?

Taranaki milk used to taste different to Napier milk. Milk today is homogenous - in all but price.

Water scheme hopes money will flow

Hunter Downs Water chairman Andrew Fraser is appealing to investors for a "once in a generation" opportunity. (File pic)

Hunter Downs Water is seeking $18.55m in investor funding after securing the support of Waimate-based Rooney Holdings.

Time to split up Fonterra?

Fonterra is New Zealand's largest company with sales turnover of $19.2 billion last year.

It's destroyed so much shareholder value, breaking dairy giant up is the only solution, shareholder says.

NZ's most dangerous job

While fewer forestry than farm workers have died in the last seven years, there are fewer of them, and the rate of ...

More people die on the job on farms but fatality rates are higher in forestry.

'Best hunter of his generation'

Alan "Dunc" Duncan in one of his deer recovery helicopters.

Obituary: Alan Duncan, contemporary of Barry Crump, was revered by fellow hunters.

Should we be eating wool protein?


It's soft, warm and durable and scientists say wool could also be good for your gut.

Greens oppose, Labour backs dam bill

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith says he's not surprised by the Greens' decision to oppose the local bill but welcomes the ...

The proposed Waimea dam is a "think big" solution with significant downside risks, says Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson.

Saudi slaughterhouse on hold video

Diane Kelly from Rare Breeds with her awassi sheep that featured in Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films.

The controversial NZ-funded Saudi agribusiness hub is almost finished but the abattoir has run into problems.

The cost of watching every farm

The Waikato Regional Council says it is incredibly unrealistic to expect its staff to monitor all of the region's 4300 farms.

Want every Waikato dairy farm inspected? Be prepared to pay for it.

More search power for MPI


Changes to NAIT rules are an invasion of farmers' privacy, National says.

Trout move 'red herring'

Fish and Game chief executive Martin Taylor has criticised Horizons' moves around trout, saying they should concentrate ...

Regional councillor draws parallels between trout hatcheries and stoats. Fish and Game says he is "uneducated".

Farmer fined for polluting stream

The Waikato stream that was contaminated by effluent.

Gary Blackler was fined thousands of dollars after stream running green with effluent led to his farm.

The Laird of the Muller

Stories from New Zealand's heartland by Tony Orman.

Jack 'Shirty' Shirtliff was the "old master" of Muller Station. His legend hasn't faded.

M. Bovis makes Nelson farmers cautious

Infected farms or those suspected of being positive have been placed in quarantine lock down by MPI.

Local farmers are keeping their heads cool in light of M. Bovis discovery.

'World's cutest sheep' in Canty video

A two-week-old valais blacknose lamb.

The look like cuddly toys and get on well with people. But those qualities don't come cheap.

Twins family's triplets shock

Birthing triplet calves is a one-in-two-million occurrence.

Farmers already have two sets of twin daughters. Now they have triplet calves as well.

One bull for two rescues video

East Taranaki cattle breeders Lance and Janelle Downs have a couple of reasons to be grateful to the Taranaki Rescue ...

Two months, two rescues and now one bull to say thanks.

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