Pull the Udder One

Thank you to all our farmers who took the time to enter our Autumn Calving v Spring Calving debate. Congratulations to Taranaki farm owner Craig Lynskey and contract milker Vijay Patil from Ngatea who have each won a $250 pressie card from Property Brokers.

Milking year-round

The farm the Schouten family bought at Swannanoa was a relic of a time when farming livestock near Christchurch was normal, not a novelty.

Dairy price jump surprises

Farmgate milk price expectations have risen again, almost as quickly as they fell, in response to the latest 6.7% increase in Global Dairy Trade prices as measured in the GDT index.

New plant gets enough farmers

Synlait is confident it will open its $250 million Pokeno, north Waikato, nutritional spray drier later this year ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Halter targets April launch date

Kiwi agritech start-up Halter expects to commercially launch its unique GPS-enabled cow collars in April.

“We have just finished setting up our production line in China and we have had our first collars off the line come back,” chief executive and founder Craig Piggott told the Young Farmers conference.

Good start for year

The year has started with positive news with increases in Global Dairy Trade returns and the introduction of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership.

Dairy cows down again

The number of dairy cattle has dipped for the second year while beef cattle numbers increased strongly in 2018, Stats NZ says.