06-12-2013 10:26 AM
Milk production high despite drought
Milk production fell just 1.6 per cent during the year despite the season being shortened by drought.
The country's cows produced 1.66 billion kilo...
06-12-2013 10:24 AM
Farmers divided on Goff's farmland bill
Labour MP Phil Goff's private members bill which would make it tougher for foreigners to buy farmland has been described as a bit simplistic by a farm...
02-12-2013 07:03 AM
Danone may take legal action over dairy recall
New Zealand dairy exporter Fonterra said on Monday it may face legal action from France's Danone over the recall of infant formula containing a potent...
29-11-2013 09:27 AM
NZ dairy leader sells farm for $25m to Italians
Dairy leader Willy Leferink and his wife are satisfied the Italian family who bought their Rakaia dairy farm through the Overseas Investment Office pr...
25-11-2013 01:38 AM
Dairy workers plead for better treatment
A couple tell of going "from the frying pan to the fire" in the dairy industry, moving from long, hard days, unappreciated and sacked without warning ...
21-11-2013 05:43 AM
Dairy farming harming water
New Zealand's changing farming landscape is badly affecting water quality in the region, with it likely to continue deteriorating.
18-11-2013 01:34 AM
Over 1600 NZ farms sold in 12 months
Annual farm sales have topped 1600 for the first time in more than 4½ years, though the $24,590 median hectare price remains significantly below its p...
18-11-2013 01:27 AM
Angus farmers get lesson from NZ
Scottish angus breeder James Playfair-Hannay would like to take New Zealand bloodlines back with him to the home of the breed, after judging the angus...
13-11-2013 02:55 AM
Tumbling tomato prices lower NZ food bills
New Zealand food prices fell in October from September as the price of tomatoes tumbled, leading a seasonal decline in fruit and vegetables.
12-11-2013 04:09 AM
Bullish outlook for seed growers
New Zealand's vegetable seed industry centred on Canterbury has the potential to generate $100 million in exports in the next five years.
11-11-2013 02:08 AM
Farmers opting to bury, burn plastic
Organisers of a collection in Taranaki for empty plastic containers this week have blasted farmers' response, saying they are choosing to dump or burn...
11-11-2013 01:45 AM
Use of quad bikes on farms questioned
Quad bikes should not be referred to as all-terrain vehicles, and consideration should be given to stopping the use of quad bikes for farming altogeth...
04-11-2013 02:16 AM
Farmers asked for ideas on best uses for farm robot
AgResearch scientists who have developed a multi-tasking farm robot are asking farmers for their ideas how it could be used.
The Agri-Rover, as it'...
23-10-2013 06:52 AM
Differing views on foreign owners of NZ farmland
New Zealand farmers hold strongly divergent views on whether foreign investors should be able to buy into farmland in this country, Federated Farmers ...
22-10-2013 08:09 AM
NZ dairy farm values lag, despite milk price rises
Prices of New Zealand dairy farms are lagging the average despite a marked revival in the profits outlook for milk producers, enjoying strong rises in...
16-10-2013 06:03 AM
West Coast cops blame for cattle's TB
A case of bovine tuberculosis in South Canterbury appears to have come from cattle brought in from the West Coast.
TBFree New Zealand has sent out ...
15-10-2013 03:50 AM
Farm receives record fine for dairy pollution
Fenwick Farms has been handed the largest ever fine imposed for deliberately discharging dairy effluent into a stream in the Waikato region.
15-10-2013 03:43 AM
NZ billionaire's farming exit continues
New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart continues to exit the farming sector, putting a property leased for cattle grazing and a pig breeding operation at...
14-10-2013 01:49 AM
Dairy scare rocks small NZ companies
About 30 small-to-medium-sized companies are said to be suffering on-going adverse effects from the Fonterra botulism scare and some are at risk of go...
09-10-2013 02:51 AM
Farmers warned to check for nests to avoid fires
Federated Farmers has warned farmers to check their machinery for starling nests to avoid tractor fires this summer.
Starlings like to build their ...
08-10-2013 04:07 AM
Rising beef shipments restoring confidence
Confidence among New Zealand beef farmers has been boosted by a kind spring, says a new Rabobank report.
In line with the usual seasonal low point ...
04-10-2013 02:50 AM
Dryland techniques can help cropping farmers
Cropping farmers with storm-damaged irrigators may need to adopt dryland farming techniques to maintain production until repairs are complete and wate...
02-10-2013 03:49 AM
Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve dairy recall dispute
New Zealand's Fonterra (FSF.NZ), the world's biggest dairy exporter, said it is in talks to resolve a dispute with Danone (DANO.PA) over a contaminati...
24-09-2013 08:20 AM
Three year fight against invasive weed
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is mounting a strong response to try to prevent black grass, one of the worst invasive plants of arable farmi...
17-09-2013 01:31 AM
Bull breeders 'blown away' by demand
Waikato's bull breeders are smiling because of strong prices at the annual on-farm sales this spring.
Bull prices have been good at many of the sal...
16-09-2013 02:49 AM
Farmer facing drought water theft charges
A Reporoa drystock farmer has become the first person in the wider Waikato region in nearly 20 years to be charged with unlawfully taking water.
16-09-2013 02:46 AM
Chinese consumers won't taste NZ products
A New Zealand exporter of fresh milk to China has told TV One’s Q+A programme that Chinese consumers won’t try a supermarket promotion sample of her d...
13-09-2013 03:27 AM
Foreign dairy workers help fill labour gap
The first two graduates from a new scheme to train overseas visitors to work on dairy farms are now milking cows on a property at Te Pirita.
09-09-2013 02:26 AM
Stratford farmer underpaid worker in dry season
A message has gone out to farmers that they cannot underpay workers by paying them less in the dry season.
In a test case which has put the dairy s...
09-09-2013 02:15 AM
Lamb numbers down 2 million
Widespread drought last season will mean an estimated two million fewer lambs this spring.
The Beef and Lamb New Zealand Economic Service's annual ...
03-09-2013 05:13 AM
Food and agriculture bodies send government wishlist
A coalition of the country's leading food and agricultural bodies has told the government what it expects to see in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP...
02-09-2013 01:49 AM
Good dairy prices improve terms of trade
New Zealand's terms of trade, which measures the amount of imports the country can buy with a set amount of exports, improved in the second quarter as...
30-08-2013 02:41 AM
It's time to stop booing our dairy farmers
We all like a good villain, a pantomime baddie with black cape, twirling moustache and evil leer.
But there comes a time when we have to stop booin...
30-08-2013 02:39 AM
Migrants filling NZ's dairy worker void
The best way to treat migrant workers on dairy farms is the same way you would treat any worker, says a United States expert.
University of Califor...
28-08-2013 03:54 AM
From lawyer to beef farmer
Nick Carey represents the new generation of farm kids. While his father runs the 170-hectare family farm under the gaze of Mt Taranaki, Carey spends m...
28-08-2013 03:37 AM
Investors can pave way to farm ownership
A new farm-investment model has been unveiled this month that provides an alternative pathway to farm ownership for sharemilkers.
The model was cre...
27-08-2013 02:00 AM
Livestock company warned over mutant calves
A genetics company which provided defect bull semen to farmers last year has received a warning from the Commerce Commission about its marketing.
27-08-2013 01:56 AM
Salmonella kills hundreds of sheep
Hundreds of sheep in Otago and Southland have died following an outbreak of Salmonella.
The bacteria causes pregnant ewes to abort their foetuses a...
26-08-2013 01:58 AM
NZ dairy products delayed at Chinese ports
New Zealand dairy products ranging from milk powder to mozzarella cheese are being held on the wharves at Chinese ports as officials debate what form ...
23-08-2013 02:38 AM
Strong demand driving up barley price
Prospects for the dwindling number of arable farmers in North Canterbury have improved with strong demand for barley from the dairy industry combining...
22-08-2013 02:27 AM
Tb devastates dairy farmer's herd
Stu Husband loves his cows. Like many dairy farmers, he has a healthy interest in genetics and matches bulls to his cows to achieve the required breed...
22-08-2013 02:12 AM
Don't ignore health and safety, farmers warned
Rural contractors are predicting demands for safety standards in the agricultural industry will increase to meet expectations from international marke...
22-08-2013 02:09 AM
Cattle-crash carnage prompts warning
A Taranaki policeman who attended a crash where a truck had ploughed into a herd of cattle has described the carnage he encountered.
The crash, on ...
20-08-2013 02:00 AM
Tainted milk powder angers farmers
Farmers will pay the price for tainted milk powder exported to China by a South Island dairy company, one of their biggest shareholders says.
15-08-2013 03:00 AM
Tax changes to hit dairy herd values
Many dairy farmers will have to factor in increased values of $400 a head for young dairy cows in their tax returns with the Inland Revenue Department...
14-08-2013 04:49 AM
NZ 'working closely' with Russia over Fonterra scare
Government officials are working closely with Russian authorities to provide the reassurance they need over New Zealand dairy products following the F...
13-08-2013 02:48 AM
New Zealand dairy giant faces new milk scare in Sri Lanka
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, already under pressure over a global botulism scare, is facing fresh trouble over milk powder in Sri Lanka allegedly...
13-08-2013 02:47 AM
Too much of a good thing testing farmers
Too much long grass on Waikato farms is proving to be a headache for the region's dairy farmers, DairyNZ says.
The mild winter has caused this unse...
12-08-2013 02:49 AM
Livestock farmers warned over feed grain supply
Feed grain stocks are down on last year despite a good harvest, and livestock farmers are being urged to secure supplies early.
The Arable Marketin...
06-08-2013 01:33 AM
Botulism scare halts NZ milk-powder sales to China
China and Russia halted imports of some milk powder from New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. after the largest dairy exporter warned of a co...