John Wilson.

Fonterra chairman John Wilson says weather conditions over spring will be crucial to this season’s milk production.

The quality of milk coming from Miraka suppliers has improved, the processor says.

An incentive scheme to get suppliers to the Taupo-based Miraka dairy company to produce better quality milk and adopt best-practice systems is producing stunning results.

Fresh M. bovis find 'no surprise'

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it is not surprised that a seventh farm has been confirmed as infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis, following a positive result on a fifth property of the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group on October 2.

Westland shareholders ring in changes

Shareholders of independent milk processor Westland Milk Products have endorsed a package of changes designed to improve and update the cooperative’s governance.

Global dairy prices have unexpectedly dropped in the latest GDT auction.

Global dairy prices have unexpectedly dropped in the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is offering free resource consents to landowners to move to the next stage of a plan change associated with reducing nitrogen leaching into Lake Rotorua.

Two New Zealand scientists and a Monash, Victoria, biologist have shown that methane-oxidising bacteria (good for tackling greenhouse gas) are more flexible and resilient than previously thought.

Owl Farm at St Peter’s School, Cambridge is a venture by Lincoln University and seven commercial partners to demonstrate good practice on a working farm, while encouraging farmers and young people to succeed in the dairy industry.

Before sharemilkers Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley, of Lauriston, mid-Canterbury, started dairy farming they knew nothing of the generosity of New Zealand’s rural communities.

Westland Milk Products (WMP) chairman Pete Morrison says the proposed changes to the governance structure of the cooperative will impose more accountability on the board.

 

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