The Co-operative Difference framework was introduced to ensure on-farm practices support the delivery of the co-op’s strategy.

"I'm not what you would consider a Formula One farmer, but I must be doing something right,” says Fonterra farmer Francis Smits, who is quick to point out that he and his wife Regina have a simple set up on their Reporoa farm.

Waikato dairy farmer Cole Townsend (middle) lifts performance of calves and cows, improving health and production.

In 2018, faced with a Salmonella outbreak among his calves and the effects of the subsequent vaccination, Waikato dairy farmer Cole Townsend turned to social media for a solution.

The first cow Pat and Shelley Schnuriger bought together was Fantastic Lartst Like S2F EX4, purchased from the 2011 Waipa Club sale.

Pat and Shelley Schnuriger’s resolve to reduce their Holstein Friesian herd to 100 cows has proven its worth, with an exceptional percow production backing up their decision.

Dr Christine Christensen, B+LNZ Western North Island Farmer Council chair.

Better genetics hold the key to better beef calves from dairy cows. That was the key message from a series of workshops by Beef+Lamb NZ to increase the overall value of beef exports to NZ. Two thirds of NZ’s beef kill is from the dairy industry but calves from dairy…

Nathan Back, DairyVets, says the new ‘Pacifica’ strain of the bacterial disease has recently become more common in NZ.

A vet is calling for all animals to be vaccinated against a new strain of leptospirosis (lepto) discovered on New Zealand dairy farms in recent years.

For some, Moving Day not only involves shifting a household of belongings, but it also involves relocating farm equipment and animals.

Moving Day is a big day in the farming calendar and requires good planning and communication to ensure success.

Allowing cows to eat at a set feeding pad helps to ensure that all animals have access to the same amount and quality of feed.

In New Zealand, every dairy farmer worth their salt knows just how important it is to look after the welfare of their animals. The health of the herd directly impacts profit margins, which, in turn, determines the viability and sustainability of the farm.

One of New Zealand’s deepest breeder Jersey herds – known for its enduring connection through cattle with the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II – will host its 75th anniversary celebration sale on-farm on April 22.

The numbers suggest the cow families on offer at the upcoming Busybrook Holsteins sale in North Otago are as good as you’ll find anywhere.

MSD Animal Health New Zealand has partnered with Agrecovery in New Zealand’s first pilot to recycle SenseHub Dairy Collars (previously known as Allflex Collars) used by its dairy farmer clients.

Over the last 13 years, Southland dairy farmers Caleb and Paula Hamill have worked hard to realise their dream of farm ownership.

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