Farmers find solutions

Motorbikes and kites inspired Greg Lovett to invent the iWing – a kind of spoiler for a pivot irrigator that could save him more than half a million dollars in the next windstorm.

Strong plea to Westland farmers

Westland dairy farmers have been urged to very carefully consider the costs as well as the benefits of selling the co-operative.

Big co-op shareholder to abstain

Westland Milk’s largest shareholder, the Southern Pastures corporate farmer, will abstain from voting on the sale of the co-operative to Yili dairy company of China.

Doubts over early forecasts

Early forecasts of a $7/kg farmgate milk price began to look shaky when Global Dairy Trade prices fell another 3.8%, being a total decline of 8% in the market since early May.

Bulk milk tests start in July

Ongoing national screening for Mycoplasma bovis through bulk tank milk testing will kick into gear at the start of July.

Only the Elisa testing method will be used for the bulk milk testing. The Ministry for Primary Industries says it’s proven to be a much better screening tool than the PCR test.

Dairy gets $25m genetics boost

More than $25 million will go towards lifting the performance and wellbeing of the national dairy herd.

The seven-year, $25.68m programme, dubbed Resilient Dairy, was launched at National Fieldays by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.

Contracting family carries on

In the 1930s Taranaki man Jack Hinton began building haystacks using heavy-horse equipment.

But now, nearly 90 years later, the business has moved in leaps and bounds and kept pace with technology and machinery.

Top dairying businesses

Judging is under way for the 2019 Dairy Business of the Year awards with winners to be announced later this month.

Mahinga kai concerns all

Environment Canterbury (ECan) has dispelled any idea mahinga kai is a marginal cultural consideration.

FAST FIVE: Himanshu Patel

The Dairy Farmer team is always out and about looking for dairy industry workers going about their business. Keep an eye out, you just never know when one of our team might tap you on the shoulder. This month we catch up with Ngatea farm manger Himanshu Patel.