Westland loan on hold

The Government has suspended negotiations with Westland Milk to conclude financing arrangements for a $10 million loan after the dairy company reached a conditional agreement to sell the co-operative to Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group.

Westland plans sale to Yili

WESTLAND Milk’s board is recommending shareholders sell the farmer co-operative to a subsidiary of Yili for $588 million.

Quakes change water’s ways

The Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes made it harder for some farmers to pump groundwater while others struggled to contain it.

Trucking cows – the least we can do

Travelling can be tiring but I find it’s often the little things that make me feel better on a road trip or flight, like staying hydrated and having snacks on hand.

Council gets tough on high-risk farms

Waikato Regional Council monitoring of high-risk farms has revealed the dire state of dairy effluent infrastructure with some farms having just a thousandth of the storage needed.

Milk impetus stutters into autumn

Dairy farmers seem unlikely to set autumn milk production records because of lack of rainfall, low pasture covers and the discouragement of palm kernel supplementary feeding.

Organic dairying to clean river

Conversion to organic dairying holds potential for improving water quality in the Waipa-Waikato catchment while providing an attractive return on investment.

Government cautioned on Huawei fallout

As the Huawei issue simmers the New Zealand Government has reached a point where relations can be reset with Beijing to their previous warm levels or feel the cold winds blow harder over trade issues.