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03 January 2017
View news from New Zealand Northland Dairy Farmers Cited for Non-Compliance
NEW ZEALAND - Almost a third of Northland dairy farms are significantly non-compliant when it comes to effluent discharges and the region's top environment watchdog says the upward trend needs to change....
29 December 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Dodge Bullet After Price Revival
NEW ZEALAND - Up until August, dairy farmers were thinking the unthinkable - another year of milking cows at a loss....
22 December 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Milk Collection Falls in First Half
NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra Cooperative Group's New Zealand milk collection was down 5.7 per cent on the year in the six months to 30 November as dairying regions were hit by unfavourable weather conditions....
21 December 2016
View news from New Zealand Bank of China Agrees Landmark Chinese Facility with Fonterra
NEW ZEALAND - Bank of China has signed a landmark agreement with Fonterra consistent with both organisations’ on-going commitment to building New Zealand business interests in China. Bank of China New Zealand and the Co-operative have established a...
16 December 2016
View news from New Zealand Higher Dairy Prices Unlikely to Bolster Regional NZ Overnight
NEW ZEALAND - The recent pick up in dairy prices back to profitable levels may take some time to flow through New Zealand's economy as farmers focus on paying down debt following the prolonged downturn, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy....
13 December 2016
View news from New Zealand New Chair for NZ Dairy Industry Awards
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trustees have chosen Woodville dairy, beef and cropping farmer Ben Allomes as Chair at a recent trust meeting....
05 December 2016
View news from New Zealand Rabobank Survey Shows NZ Farmers Look to 2017 with Optimism
NEW ZEALAND - Confidence levels among New Zealand’s farmers remain high but have tempered slightly, the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found....
14 November 2016
View news from New Zealand Fewer Cows Produce Only Slightly Less Milk in NZ
NEW ZEALAND - In a year which saw the lowest milk prices in at least 20 seasons, milk production declined just 1.5 per cent, according to the New Zealand Dairy Statistics 2015-16 released by DairyNZ and LIC....
31 October 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Fine-Tuned Farm Management to Deal with Hard Times
NEW ZEALAND - Figures released at DairyNZ's Annual General Meeting (AGM) show the 2015/16 dairy season was the most challenging year yet for dairy farmers....
26 October 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Industry Hit by Further Calf Abuse Allegations
NEW ZEALAND - New undercover videos suggesting bobby calf mistreatment have been released by animal welfare organisation Farmwatch, which the organisation says shows nothing has changed in the year since its last investigation into the issue....
21 October 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Ready to Confront Any Foot and Mouth Incursion
NEW ZEALAND - An on-farm exercise run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) shows that New Zealand is well prepared to manage the biosecurity aspects of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak, the ministry has said....
19 October 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealanders Asked to Work Together to Tackle Emissions from Farming
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealanders must work together and start tackling the complex problem of the biological greenhouse gases from agriculture, says Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment....
13 October 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Study Confirms Benefits of Dairy-Beef Integration
NEW ZEALAND - The final report of a five year study into the use of quality beef genetics in a dairy beef supply chain has been released, confirming the potential for dairy farmers to produce high value calves with minimal calving problems using proven...
23 September 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Results Positive News for New Zealand's Dairy Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - Dairy company Fonterra’s annual results will increase certainty and security for dairy farmers, in what has been a positive week for the industry, according to New Zealand's Federated Farmers....
22 September 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Urged to 'Lock In' Price Gains with Good Pasture Use
NEW ZEALAND - Dairy organisation DairyNZ is encouraging farmers to lock in the gains achieved in the past two seasons, as a pasture-first farm system will continue to provide payback as the milk price rises....
12 September 2016
View news from New Zealand Dairy Stocking Rate Research Challenges Pollution Perceptions
New Zealand - An experiment in New Zealand found that more cows per grazing area led to less nitrogen leached to ground water, challenging assumptions on stocking rate, report investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science....
19 August 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Milk Price Transparency Improving, Report Suggests
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Commerce Commission has released its draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2015/16 dairy season....
10 August 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand's Beef Cattle Herd Up Despite Trying Season
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent to 3.7 million during the 2015–16 season, at the same time as the country’s sheep flock decreased 3.0 per cent and now totals 28.3 million....
03 August 2016
View news from New Zealand Former Contract Milker Convicted after Ramming Cow
NEW ZEALAND - A former contract milker has been banned from working in the dairy industry for 12 months for ramming a dairy cow with a quad bike, causing it severe pain and distress....
02 August 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Prices Reflect Continued Global Uncertainty
NEW ZEALAND - Dairy co-operative Fonterra has announced the value of the total payout available to farmers in the 2016/17 season, which the company Chairman John Wilson said means another financially challenging season for farmers....
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Improve Efficiency
NEW ZEALAND - Industry body DairyNZ says New Zealand dairy farmers have sharpened their systems and reduced costs through this sustained low milk price period....
27 July 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Farmer Confidence Hit by Brexit Vote
NEW ZEALAND - Farmer confidence has picked up slightly since surveyed last in January but remains weak, according to Federated Farmers’ July 2016 Farm Confidence Survey....
14 July 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Farmer Fined for Cutting Teats Off Cows
NEW ZEALAND - A Taranaki contract milker has been fined close to $4,000 for amputating the teats of dairy cows by placing rubber rings on them and cutting them off with scissors....
13 July 2016
View news from New Zealand Diligence Needed in Sharemilking Contracts
NEW ZEALAND - Sharemilking career paths are changing in New Zealand, according to the DairyNZ and Federated Farmers-resourced Dairy Progression Pathways report, undertaken by AgFirst....
11 July 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Dairy Farmers Urged to Improve Bobby Calf Welfare at Calving Time
NEW ZEALAND - As the dairy industry’s spring calving kicks off, the Bobby Calf Action Group (BCAG) is reminding everyone who handles calves of the important role they have to play....
23 June 2016
View news from New Zealand Concerns Over New Zealand's Meat Export Markets if Brexit Happens
NEW ZEALAND - Beef + Lamb New Zealand says those who think Brexit won’t have an impact on trade because the United Kingdom (UK) only takes 2 per cent of New Zealand’s exports, are missing the point, it’s the whole of the European trade we should...
17 June 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Outlook Projects Dairy Export Value Recovery Within 3 Years
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the outlook for New Zealand primary industries is positive with strong growth forecast across most sectors and dairy prices expected to gradually increase over the next 2 years....
15 June 2016
View news from New Zealand New Rules Announced to Prevent Bobby Calf Abuse in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - The 8 organisations that formed the Bobby Calf Action Group at the end of 2015 have accelerated and added to existing measures aimed at ensuring everyone involved with bobby calves applies best practice in their handling and care....
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