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Green light for JV

Fonterra's Chinese partner Beingmate last month agreed to set up a joint venture to buy the co-op's Darnum, Victoria, plant.

Tick for council process

An independent review has found Waikato Regional Council’s evidence gathering processes “appropriate, robust, lawful and up to date”.



Top US newspaper talks up dairy

Millions of people would have been healthier if they had consumed milk rather than used milk substitutes, according to an…


Co-op at crossroads

Fonterra shareholders will be watching hawk-eyed this week's annual general meeting in Waitoa.

Paying the price for our hot air

New Zealand is liable internationally for agricultural emissions, but the Government (taxpayers as a whole) pays for them, despite agriculture…


Buyers in no hurry to commit further

Global dairy commodity prices have risen sharply in recent months, as indicated by GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction results and European spot…

Oz co-op consolidates Tassie holding

Murray Goulburn has bought Mitsubishi Corporation's remaining 24.1% in Tasmanian Dairy Products Co Pty Ltd (TDP) for A$4.8 million, taking…


Dig deep to sort water supply integrity

Imagine you are new on a property and your dairy inspector has tested your farm dairy water and placed you on temporary water exclusion, or perhaps you have been on water exclusion for years.


Go with the flow

Glockemann Pumps provide an easy way of moving water where there is no power, or where the need for monitoring stationary engines is a headache, because they use the water itself to do the job.

Farm Health

Crop options for late planting

The grass has never really fired this spring and as I travel around the country it appears many farmers will have little surplus for silage.

Adding BCS to BW

The addition of body condition score to breeding worth in February will accelerate the rate of genetic gain in New Zealand dairy cows, says DairyNZ.

Machinery & Products

Tractor sales dip

The New Zealand tractor market remains affected by the depressed dairy economy: overall sales are down about 14% on the same period last year.

Floating hose buoys

Effluent hoses are made easier to drag around by Hose Buoy, an NZ-made gadget that clamps to the hose.


More precision in the field

Firstly there was GPS and all of a sudden you knew what paddock you were in on the farm, then auto-steering kept you on the straight and narrow cleverly matching up bouts so there were no embarrassing misses.


Keeping rivals intrigued

The man from Volvo NZ said "would you like to review our XC 90?", and after driving one for a…

Staying true to 4WD

With around one third of New Zealand roads unsealed, no surprise that drivers like utes, crossovers and SUV’s.




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The Hound

Leopard, spots

Your old mate notes that Greenpeace is challenging Fonterra to "prove that its massive use of palm products is not…

Holier than thou

The sanctimonious lot from Bitch & Complain (Fish & Game) have spat the dummy and walked away from the Land…


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