Calving kit saves time

Being well prepared for the calving season is helping a Manawatu farmer with efficiencies. Samantha Tennent reports.

Thinking outside the square

A Waikato couple are finding doing things a bit differently is paying off. Jenny Ling reports.

Group to help M bovis farmers

Rural communities are optimistic a move to decentralise decision-making and capability in the Mycoplasma bovis eradication programme will bridge a critical gap.

Fonterra urged to chop milk price

Payout retention is the most powerful and immediate way for Fonterra management to find capital and one that should be used sooner than later to repay more debt, Massey University management senior lecturer Dr James Lockhart says.

Not with our money

Farmers are unlikely to put any of their milk cheque back into their co-operative in the near future, at least until they get a better idea of where their money will be going, Te Aroha farmer Stuart King says.

Management not model to blame

The slump in Westland Milk Products fortunes and possible risks to Fonterra relate to management decisions not the co-operative model the companies were founded on, Co-operative Business New Zealand chief executive Craig Presland says.

Suggestions definitely off agenda

Fonterra will not retain 50c of the milk payout, as suggested by commentators, or change the way it sets the milk price as part of its business reset, chief financial officer Marc Rivers says.

MPI gives calf days go ahead

School calf days can go ahead this year, but with strict guidelines, the Primary Industries Ministry has decided.

FAST FIVE: Detroit Ririnui

Detroit Ririnui grew up in Welcome Bay in Tauranga where his family are in the kiwifruit industry but it wasn’t something he enjoyed very much. 

Westland gone

It was a sad day but a day that had to be, not just for dairy farmers but the wider West Coast region Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said of the vote supporting the sale of Westland Milk to Chinese ownership.