Fonterra: No disruption yet

Fonterra's farmers have quickly adapted to phone or online ordering of goods and farm inputs from Farm Source, group director Richard Allen says.

“Sales traffic was high in the first few days of closed-door operations, which was not unexpected.

Milk tankers get clear run

The day of a milk tanker driver is different under covid-19 but without the traffic jams and roadworks it’s a lot easier.

Fonterra lower North Island depot manager Paul Phipps said being an essential service means milk is still being collected and processed and collection volumes are not wildly different to previous seasons.

That’s also considering this season’s challenges that have included a significant drought in the North and flooding in the South.

Feds, MPI in Moving Day talks

Plans are under way to come up with guidelines for sharemilkers and farm owners to follow for this year’s Moving Day.

Federated Farmers sharemilkers chairman Richard McIntyre is fielding numerous calls from sharemilkers asking him how Moving Day is going to work with so much of the country in lockdown.

While much of the Government’s focus is on immediate issues Moving Day is on its radar, he said.

M bovis effort won’t be relaxed

The Mycoplasma bovis programme will not be overshadowed by covid-19.  

The Ministry for Primary Industries, Beef + Lamb and DairyNZ said the progreamme will continue to support farmers while taking the necessary steps to protect them and staff from covid-19.  

Feed shortage forces herd’s early dry-off

Drought-induced feed shortages have forced Woodville dairy farmer Nick Bertram to dry off his herd nearly two months earlier than usual.

It is a decision the Woodville dairy farmer has called the toughest financial decision he has ever had to make.

Two green lights for Synlait

Synlait has received Overseas Investment Office approval to buy 582ha of farmland next to its Dunsandel, Mid-Canterbury, processing plant.

Moving Day guide is coming

Guidelines for sharemilkers and farm owners for the dairy sector’s Moving Day are being written.

Feeding the world

New Zealand will be at the forefront of research looking at ways technology can help increase food production for the growing global population. Tony Benny reports.

Everyone must respond

As a remote island nation reliant on agriculture and tourism our way of life depends on a united approach to protect our plants, animals and people from biosecurity threats. 

Last year primary sector exports totalled $46 billion with dairy export revenue alone at $18b while 3.8 million international visitors arrived and Kiwis made a further 3m trips abroad.  

With such widespread movement of people, animals and goods biosecurity isn’t something one party alone can deliver.  

Farm debt mediation – the next steps

Financial stress can impair business performance. 

And with the volatility of the payout and weather New Zealand dairy farmers are regularly susceptible to that stress.

The Farm Debt Mediation Act came into effect on December 13. It brings a new approach to farm debt mediation and the Ministry for Primary Industries is establishing a Farm Debt Mediation Scheme.