One for the books

After more than 17 years with Holstein Friesian New Zealand, Cherilyn Watson has a front row seat to how the dairy industry has changed over the years, and recently made history as the first female president of the World Holstein Friesian Federation.

McBride leads Fonterra with the heart

Fonterra chair Peter McBride has jumped into the biggest job of his considerable co-operative governance life – changing the giant dairy processor’s capital structure to suit the times.

Fonterra floats deep reform

Fonterra may be reformed with farmer-only shares of lower value and a share standard reduced by one-for-four in the preferred new capital structure.

Six months of consultation have begun on options to change the structure to give farmers greater financial flexibility.

Report highlights farm loan risk

New modelling by the Reserve Bank has revealed cashflow on a third of all dairy farms would turn negative in the event of a sustained but moderate fall in milk prices.

The central bank modelled the impact on dairy farm loans of a milk payout of $5.50 per kg of milksolids for five years.

Covid brings a career rollercoaster

Amy Luckhurst was on her OE operating rollercoasters in England when the covid-19 pandemic struck. Never in her wildest dreams did she see herself working on a dairy farm back home in New Zealand. She talked with Annette Scott about her turnaround. 

Commercial bull work moves at pace

In addition to the prospect of methane inhibiting feed additives and the distant promise of an anti-methane vaccine, breeding is also likely to be a contributor in delivering lower methane-emitting dairy cows.

Primary sector wary of immigration review

Primary sector leaders are hoping they will not be short-changed for staffing options once the productivity commission reviews the Government’s long-term immigration settings in coming months.