Alex Turnbull, director NZMP marketing, Fonterra, outlines the co-op’s ongoing commitment to adding value to New Zealand’s economy and the global dairy industry.
Runners-up for the Canterbury/North Otago Sharemilker of the Year title are Shaun and Andrea Wise, who contract milk 590 cows for Dairy Holdings on a 134ha Rangitata Island property.
A Buddhist couple whose personal philosophy forbids them owning cows has taken out the Canterbury/North Otago Share Farmer of the Year title.
The West Coast may be Westland Milk Products territory but that hasn’t prevented Fonterra from stepping in to help with the cleanup following the torrential rain and flooding of late March.
A small organic farm in South Auckland has become the first NZ recipient of DeLavals’ new robotic milking system, the VMSTM V300.
Proposed law changes to further improve the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme were unveiled last week by Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor.
DairyNZ has affirmed its commitment to the Dairy Tomorrow initiative which outlines six broad goals for the sector.
DairyNZ director Ben Allomes is advocating a paradigm shift in the way the primary sector markets and presents itself as a career.
There is a mish-mash of information available on climate change, some of which originates from people who are not qualified to speak on the subject, says Ministry of Primary Industries’ chief science advisor, John Roche.
The argument over whether New Zealand has too many cows is a regional issue, not a national issue, according to Ministry of Primary Industries’ chief science advisor, John Roche.
There will be no major changes to the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
Rural banker Rabobank is forecasting a milk price of $7.15/kgMS for the new season.
Soaring butter prices may see next season’s milk price go beyond $7/kgMS – even as high as the mid sevens.
The dumping of capital gains tax initiatives is yet another issue going right for the farming community – and farmers should cheer up, says Federated Farmers economics spokesperson and national vice-president Andrew Hoggard.
The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index has now risen in ten consecutive auctions and is up 23% since the start of the year.
Growth has been debated at the Fonterra board table and the directors’ view now is that the co-op will not see the huge growth of the past, says director Brent Goldsack.
Guy Bakewell (31) is a herd owning sharemilker selling raw milk onfarm to help pay off his dairy cows faster.
National has five ‘bottom lines’ for the Zero Carbon Bill likely to come before Parliament in the next month or two, says primary industries spokesman Nathan Guy.
A clever offering from drone supplier DJI Ferntech will interest livestock farmers.
Dairy farmers can be “cautiously optimistic” that current forecasts will hold, but it will depend on the global economy, says ANZ agriculture economist Susan Kilsby.
New Zealand exporters are holding their breath as UK politicians struggle to reach any sort of consensus on how or when Britain will leave the European Union.
Regulators are being urged to work with and not against farmers.
Slowing economic activity in China isn’t affecting that nation’s appetite for dairy products.
Westland District mayor Bruce Smith isn’t buying suggestions that productive farmland at Franz Josef should be abandoned to the flood-prone Waiho River.