Quick test cures farmers’ woes

A Palmerston North start-up company has developed a test that will help dairy farmers deal with the headache of mastitis quickly and more accurately than they have in the past. Richard Rennie spoke to the test developers about what it means for daily farm operations, animal health and making life easier when it comes to dealing with one of the industry’s most persistent animal health issues.

It’s still business as usual at southern feedlot

It's business as usual for farmers supplying cattle to Anzco’s Five Star feedlot, where 44 cattle tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis.

All activity is proceeding under the direction of the Ministry for Primary Industries M bovis response, Anzco livestock and agribusiness general manager Grant Bunting said.

Cattle are still going onto the feedlot and compost is still going out.

Disease poses no risk in the north

Northland cattle farmers were reassured Mycoplasma bovis poses no risk to a well-run farm, Federated Farmers provincial president John Blackwell says.

Ministry for Primary Industries officials briefed about 120 farmers in Dargaville last week following the province’s first confirmed disease find.

Fonterra starts financial recovery

Fonterra will make its first guidance on earnings and dividends for the 2019 financial year when it wraps up the downbeat 2018 financial year on Thursday.

Farmers and investors will be expecting at least 45c a share, or about $700 million net earnings in the new financial year, compared with 25-30c in the year ended July 31.

Nait reforms are now under way

Reforms to the animal traceability process should give farmers clarity and a better understanding of what is expected of them, Ospri chief executive Michelle Edge says.

All 38 recommendations made after the 20-month review of the National Animal Identification and Traceability programme (Nait) are being introduced.

Dairy prices drop further

Dairy commodity prices dropped further at the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) event overnight, as the GDT Price Index eased 0.7%.

Make the connection

Rural connectivity is one of those things that comes up in the media every now and again but is something farmers live and struggle with every day.

The announcement earlier this year that 5G broadband will be rolled out in 2020 is great news for those who can get it – those in urban centres – but rural communities are ignored and are being left behind. Way behind.

Cropping at Southern Dairy Hub

Crop research on the Southern Dairy Hub will benefit dairy farmers throughout New Zealand.

After years of development the 348-hectare Southern Dairy Hub became operational last season with backing from southern farmers, DairyNZ and AgResearch. 

Get ready for Calf Club

Hundreds of school children have registered for the online Calf Club and organisers are confident more than 1000 children around the country will eventually take part.

Josh Herbes of Own Real Experience and Waikato dairy farmer Michelle Burgess, who run the site, say the response has been fantastic.