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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....
02 June 2016
View news from New Zealand Guilty Pleas Over Calf Abuse in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - The man who was charged in March this year over alleged bobby calf mistreatment offences has pleaded guilty to all 10 charges....
27 May 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Farmers Disappointed with Milk Price Forecast
NEW ZEALAND - Farmers are resigned to another tight season after Fonterra confirmed its milk price at $4.25 for the coming season....
26 May 2016
View news from New Zealand More Charges Over Calf Cruelty in New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries has laid a second set of charges in relation to an investigation into alleged animal welfare offences involving bobby calves....
15 April 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Proposes New Animal Welfare Rules
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on proposed regulations designed to take the next step in improving animal welfare in New Zealand....
06 April 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Milk Price Futures Welcomed as Risk Management Tool
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's Federated Farmers organisation has welcomed the announcement that the Financial Markets Authority and Reserve Bank have formally approved NZX’s milk price futures and options contracts....
24 March 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Dividends Brought Forward to Help Farmers as Profits Rise
NEW ZEALAND - Dairy co-operative Fonterra has reported a good financial performance in the first half of its current financial year, despite global imbalance in the dairy markets....
14 March 2016
View news from New Zealand NZ Launches Biosecurity Campaign After Weed Found in Fodder Beet
NEW ZEALAND - Farmers have been urged to check their crops after the aggressive weed Velvetleaf was found among some crops of certain varieties of fodder beet....
10 March 2016
View news from New Zealand New Zealand Takes Action on Bobby Calf Mistreatment
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has laid charges against an individual in relation to an investigation into animal welfare offences involving bobby calves....
08 March 2016
View news from New Zealand Fonterra Reduces Forecast Farmgate Prices
New ZEALAND - The announcement by Fonterra of a reforecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2015/16 season from $4.15 per kgMS to $3.90 per kgMS will lump more pressure on dairy farmers who will now be counting down the days to end of the season, according...
07 March 2016
View news from New Zealand Consumers Reminded of Raw Milk Precautions
NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is reminding consumers to take care when drinking raw unpasteurised milk....
17 February 2016
View news from New Zealand New DairyNZ Scholarships Attract Bright Sparks to Industry
NEW ZEALAND - Fifty-five DairyNZ scholarships have been awarded this year to Lincoln, Massey and Waikato university students as part of a wider drive to attract more motivated young talent into the dairy industry....
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