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New Zealand | 21 September 2017
Six months has transformed farming country in once drought-stricken North Canterbury

What a difference six months has made to North Canterbury, which this time last year was still embroiled in drought. Regular rainfalls since May have turned brown paddocks green, and farmers moods ...


New Zealand | 8 September 2017
NZ agricultural growth takes centre stage in political bickering

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has highlighted the value of agricultural growth in the recently released figures on national economic performance along with embattled cabinet minister Barnaby Joyce....


New Zealand | 5 September 2017
NZ farmers becoming 'lepers' due to cattle disease scare

South Canterbury and Otago beef farmers are unwitting victims of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis even though testing so far has shown their livestock are free of any traces of the disease. A fa...


New Zealand | 2 August 2017
Good financial reasons to produce beef from dairy herds

There are compelling reasons for dairy farmers to increase the supply of beef calves from dairy cows, says a farm consultant. Dairy farmers would welcome the additional beef income and the calves w...


New Zealand | 1 August 2017
Second New Zealand farm tests positive to cattle disease

New Zealand's Primary Industries ministry said on Monday that a second dairy farm in the country's South Island has tested positive for the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis. The farm was linked to t...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
New Zealand ministry says cattle disease outbreak under control

New Zealand's first outbreak of a serious bacterial cattle disease was well under control, the Primary Industries ministry said on Friday, with stock movement restrictions in place and testing continu...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
Fired dairy farmer whose family was kicked out of house awarded $33,500

An experienced dairy farmer was refused pay and his family of six given days to leave their home after he raised concerns about his employment contract. But he has been awarded nearly $33,500, incl...


New Zealand | 28 July 2017
All infected cows on farm hit by disease to be put down

The owner of a South Canterbury farm hit by the devastating cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis says all 150 infected cows will have to be put down. Aad van Leeuwen said he had already killed about a d...


New Zealand | 25 July 2017
Genetic centre to boost agriculture

A new genetic centre in Waikato hopes to overcome what scientists say is a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is...


New Zealand | 24 July 2017
Genetic centre to boost agriculture

A new genetic centre in Waikato hopes to overcome what scientists say is a lack of research in quantitative genetics in New Zealand. The Massey University AL Rae Centre for Genetics and Breeding is...


New Zealand | 18 July 2017
'Chunks of land missing' on flood-hit farmland

The heavy rain that swept up the country late last week left James Bruce's farm in Martinborough waist-deep in water, and turned his driveway into a 2m deep river. Mr Bruce said repairing flattened...


New Zealand | 10 July 2017
Adapting key to dairy dominance

New Zealand's ability to retain its dominant market share position in China in the future will largely depend on how well it can adapt to changes in the Chinese market, a visiting dairy expert says. ...


New Zealand | 6 July 2017
Dairy prices fall, volumes increase at auction

Global dairy prices continued to moderate after a strong run earlier in the year at a fortnightly auction on Wednesday, although closely watched whole milk powder prices rose. The Global Dairy Trad...


New Zealand | 4 July 2017
Dairy farmers moving to 'good returns' from beef calves

On dairy farms, where 70 percent of all calves are born, those not needed as dairy replacements have traditionally been sent for slaughter. But that's now changing, according to Doug Lineham, from ...


New Zealand | 26 June 2017
Dairy farmers not about to let land be milked dry

There's been a change in dairy farmer mindsets as they move away from production at any cost, to leading the way in caring for the environment, Fonterra's Anna Reddish says. "There's a move away f...


New Zealand | 22 June 2017
Cut-the-pat rule threatens indebted dairy farmers

Dairy farmers in Canterbury could be pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by new rules designed to limit pollution from farm animals, a local farmer says. Canterbury Regional Council's Plan Change 5 t...


New Zealand | 19 June 2017
Changing Chinese demand for New Zealand dairy puts industry at risk

New Zealand's dairy industry is in a high risk position as Chinese demand for whole milk powder stalls and there is no quick fix, Keith Woodford says. China is the largest importer of whole milk po...


New Zealand | 15 June 2017
Kiwi farmer fed up after dogs kill 50 sheep in three months

A Pleasant Point farmer says "enough is enough" after losing 50 sheep to dog attacks in just three months. The attacks have been described as the worst to have taken place in South Canterbury by th...


New Zealand | 14 June 2017
DairyNZ takes lead on cutting farming carbon footprint

Sector lobby group DairyNZ will take a leading role in developing a framework for dairy farmers to cut their carbon footprint as part of the government's wider response to climate change. Deputy Pr...


New Zealand | 14 June 2017
Fonterra trumps rival processor Murray Goulburn by announcing opening price of $5.30

New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has announced an opening season price of an average of $5.30 per kilogram of milk solids (kgms) for the 2017-18 season to dairy farm suppliers. The company has al...


New Zealand | 12 June 2017
Growing demand for A2 milk a serious threat to dairy industry, Woodford warns

The dairy industry is heading for a revolution and farmers should be taking action to future-proof their businesses now, Keith Woodford says. Growing international demand for A2 milk was a major th...


New Zealand | 8 June 2017
Brighter Future? Riding the New Zealand dairy rollercoaster

Head just west from Riverton, Southland, turn inland from stony Colac Bay and the wilder waters of Foveaux Strait, and you reach the Mathieson family farm. Sandwiched between the sea and the bush-c...


New Zealand | 5 June 2017
Conservation Comment: Farmers have lost our respect

The social contract between farmers and the community is broken. New Zealand is one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with over 86 per cent of the population living in urban areas. The ...


New Zealand | 2 June 2017
Northland dairy owners doubt new government initiative

Tougher penalties are needed to reduce robberies at small businesses rather than public funding to upgrade security measures, Northland dairy owners say. Their comments followed Police Minister Pau...


New Zealand | 1 June 2017
New Zealand export power at 44-year high due to dairy

New Zealand's terms of trade rose to the highest level in about 44 years in the first quarter as export prices rose more than three times faster than imports, led by dairy and forest products. The ...


New Zealand | 30 May 2017
Behind the scenes at New Zealand’s top dairy farm – run by an 'Irish' couple

In front of nearly 550 people at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre, Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley were recently were named the 2017 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year. The O’Malleys have ...


New Zealand | 30 May 2017
Agricultural student with five scholarships says success is a balancing act

A top agricultural student hailing from Bulls believes the busier you are the more time you have. Sam Pike has received five scholarships, balancing his academic commitments with his role as a vol...


New Zealand | 26 May 2017
Dairy farm sales rise 20 per cent from a year ago

Dairy farm sales around the country have shot up by 20 per cent as confidence enters the industry, says real estate agent Peter Barnett. The co-owner of Feilding-based NZR said last year's tally of...


New Zealand | 25 May 2017
Farmer's daughter takes case to court when dad tries to sack her

A Te Awamutu dairy farm manager has been granted interim orders preventing her employer, who is also her father, from kicking her out of her job and her house. Donna Spence had lived on the farm al...


New Zealand | 24 May 2017
Dairy farmers just got some good news for a change

The slump in global prices for dairy appears to have eased. The Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, today increased its forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 15 NZ cents to $...