MPI ponders milk price options

The review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) might provide a chance to boost confidence in Fonterra’s base milk price calculation, the Ministry for Primary Industries has suggested.

Options offered for DIRA’s major issues

Five major issues and objectives for the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act review have been set by the Ministry for Primary Industries in its public discussion document.

They offer 17 options.

Work starts on Lincoln hub

Building has finally begun and staff are on the move at Lincoln as part of a $200m plan for agricultural education, science and industry.

Hard work pays off

Public votes are now in and the top 10 children and their calves in each region have been selected. Formal Calf Club NZ judging is under way. Samantha Tennent caught up with the Templeman family of Picton after the judge’s visit.

Kaitaia girls catch science bug

Combining science and dairy farming has proved to be a winning formula for two Kaitaia Intermediate School girls.

Have your say on herd improvement

Improving the nation’s dairy herds adds about $300 million to the dairy industry each year but the herd improvement regulatory regime has not been comprehensively reviewed since it was established in 2001.

Dairy deal talks hit brick wall

It looks increasingly likely New Zealand will be unsuccessful in negotiating the early removal of tariffs thought to be slicing $100m a year off returns from dairy exports to China.

Farmers: DIRA past use-by date

Farmers at the launch of public consultation on the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act review are united in their belief its days are numbered.

Fonterra fails tests

Fonterra achieved a positive result in only one of its nine key performance indicators in the 2018 financial year, its Shareholders’ Council says.

That one positive was the milk price of $6.69/kg MS up 9% from the season before.

How much land can your cows buy?

The affordability of farm ownership for sharemilkers has taken a turn for the better and there might be elements of a buyers’ market, Federated Farmers sharemilkers chairman Richard McIntyre says.