Death of disease still the aim

The Mycoplasma bovis response is focused squarely on phased eradication despite rumours to the contrary, Primary Industries Ministry M bovis response director Geoff Gwyn says.

NZ farms can produce more milk

Irish and New Zealand dairy farmer Michael Murphy says both countries have plenty of opportunities to grow more pasture, produce more milk and capture greater profits.

Westland back to normal quickly

What looked like being a few days of disruption for Westland Milk in the wake of the deluge that flooded the South Island’s West Coast has sprung a pleasant surprise.

Rare opportunity for Fonterra

Fonterra has a rare opportunity to shed assets that aren’t performing, write down others to attract investment partners and become a company more focused on value than volume, First New Zealand Capital institutional research head Ari Dekker says.

BLOG: Fonterra heads are listening

The Fonterra Shareholders’ Council cops it fairly regularly for acting more like a sheep than a bull when it comes to holding the big co-operative to account.

Well, the council has thrown down the fleece with its latest report on the Fonterra’s financial performance.

Show too risky for cattle

The Gilbert family of Ashburton has reluctantly made a last-minute decision to withdraw their cattle from the New Zealand Agricultural Show this week because the Mycoplasma bovis risk is too great.

Details vague on proposed rewards scheme

Fonterra will introduce a single on-farm assurance and recognition scheme including the existing milk quality, animal welfare and environmental requirements.

The scheme will begin next season, farmers at the annual meeting in Lichfield were told.

Assets for sale

Assets will be sold so Fonterra can keep the promise to strengthen the balance sheet and reduce debt, chairman John Monaghan told farmer-shareholders at the big co-operative’s annual meeting.