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ASB senior rural economist Nathan Penny says New Zealand’s food exports are solid in almost every agri sector.

BVD could be gone by Christmas

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea researchers are struggling to get farmers on board with a project to better understand the disease despite offering a generous prize to those who can prove they are trying to manage it.

Specialist Jersey milk products launched

Lewis Road Creamery’s new national Jersey milk range begins with cows on the outskirts of Hamilton, one of the country’s fastest-growing urban areas. Collins Road Farm, owned by Theland Farm Group, a subsidiary of Dakang, will supply the Green Valley Dairy processing plant in north Waikato which will process the milk for Lewis Road. Hugh Stringleman visited both places before the launch.

Fonterra delays compliance date

More than 2000 Fonterra farmers have been offered a four-month extension to comply with their 2019-20 shareholding requirements.

The compliance date has been pushed out to April 20 from December 1 in past seasons.

Oceania puts workers on buses

Free buses to and from work are proving the answer for Oceania Dairy as it manages growth in its operations and looks to attract new people to work at the South Canterbury plant.

The Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial dairy factory employs 300 staff but is expanding to 400 by the end of the year.

M bovis gets a research boost

New Zealand’s Mycoplasma bovis response programme is set for a boost through the Government’s commitment to diagnostics research as part of its $30 million science investment supporting eradication efforts.

FIELDAYS: Farming for the future

Dairy farming is evolving. We are at a point where a lot of farmers feel that they are being challenged to change the way they farm and many are not sure what that means for them or their farming businesses. Some practices that were common and in fact encouraged in the past are no longer acceptable today. DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel looks back on industry efforts.

Dairy, finishing farm sales fall

Farm sales around the country continued to fall for the three months to April 30 with dairy and finishing farms the worst affected.

Farm sales fell from 418 to 362, a drop of 56 or 13.4% compared to the corresponding period last year, Real Estate Institute figures show.

Charolais have it all

It has been 15 years since Simon and Wendy Collin established Rauriki Charolais stud when they bought their first in-calf R2 Charolais heifers from Pouriwai Stud at Gisborne. 

Selecting only the best

Every dairy farmer’s goal is to breed cows that are good performers and possess good type and conformation. 

Central to that aim is the sire, which needs to be reliable in passing those traits to his offspring.