Farmers at a recent field day hear options for feeding cows.

Research by the BNZ Northland Dairy Development Trust (NDDT) at the Northland Agricultural Research Farm (NARF) is of national significance, says project science manager Chris Boom.

Not all NZ dairy exports to China enjoy duty-free status right now.

Tariff elimination on dairy into China is one issue New Zealand will be looking to progress in the Free Trade Agreement update with China, with negotiations starting in less than two weeks.

 
Fonterra has introduced QR codes on its Anmun infant formula range to boost traceability.

New Zealand exports of infant formula are expected to reach the billion dollar mark by 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industry says in its latest Situation and Outlook report.

 
Tim Mackle.

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle says the new Dairy Action for Climate Change combines raising the dairy sector’s awareness of the issue and taking positive steps to mitigate the problem.

 
New Federated Farmers president Katie Milne.

West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne has broken the glass ceiling to become the first woman president of Federated Farmers in its 72 year history.

Andrew Hoggard at the Feds annual conference in Wellington last week.

Federated Farmers dairy section chair Andrew Hoggard has stepped down after three years in the role -- but not before firing a broadside at Greenpeace in his final speech last week.

Skim milk powder prices moved up in last week’s GDT auction.

Price signals for New Zealand farmers all point to healthy margins for dairy producers despite the slight drop in the GDT Event price index of 0.8% last week, says Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins.

Fonterra is pumping another $20 million into its Te Rapa site to produce more export cream cheese and mini-dish butter to meet rising demand.

DairyNZ says proposed new rules on migrant workers will make it harder to employ and retain good staff.

Building their own calf loading facilities has resulted in better biosecurity and smoother loading for Otorohanga farmer Greig Furniss and his herd manager Tom Orlowski.

BNZ rural economist Doug Steel has dared to mention $7 for the new season milk price, but with very strong notes of caution.

 

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