From city to calf club kids

Until a few months ago they were city kids but now Blayke and Lily Murray are living the rural life on a dairy farm and getting involved with the tradition of Calf Club. Cheyenne Nicholson caught up with the youngsters.

They’re not afraid of change

A Waikato farming couple who are taking a forward-thinking approach to their farming business are reaping the rewards of doing things a bit differently. Jenny Ling reports.

Regulator pans Fonterra strategy

Fonterra’s 2015 Velocity restructuring doesn’t appear to have achieved the savings expected but pushed up the costs used in setting the regulated milk price.

Foreign buyers circle dairy debt

Foreign hedge funds have approached the country’s largest rural lender about buying dairy loans the bank wants off its books.

Farm cards teach children

What started out as a hobby making children’s hair accessories has turned into a thriving side business for south Waikato dairy farmer Michele Petersen.

Dairy farms owner might go public

Dairy Farms New Zealand is being encouraged to pursue an initial public offering as controls on land sales depress farm prices but also restrict the firm’s ability to raise funds from foreign investors.

Fonterra is on credit rating warning

Fonterra has taken a painful step toward recovery but any wavering will put immediate pressure on its credit rating, S&P Global Ratings says.

Pasture Summit holds dairy field days

Two dairy farm field days will be held this spring as a continuation of the 2018 Pasture Summit that brought together farmers, advisers and researchers from New Zealand and Ireland.

Miraka leads clean, green dairy

Central North Island dairy company Miraka’s focus on sustainable farming practices is showing results after a record number of farms received honours in the recent Te Ara Miraka farming excellence awards.