Waikato farmer Neil McLean.

In reflecting on the salary package/bonuses paid to Theo Spierings in the past season it is important to understand that the Fonterra business is owned by shareholders who empower a board to act on their behalf.

 
Michael Spaans.

Sadly, our cooperative has lost one of our strongest people with former director Michael Spaans passing away last week.

Jon Hickford.

Examining the primary sector policies of Labour, and thus our new Government, there are a few things on my wish list, some cautionary notes and some plaudits to hand out.

 
Watered down

The farmers who booed Winston Peters at the water tax protest in Morrinsville in September may owe him an apology.

Nuts about milk

While most Starbucks bottled drinks contain dairy, four new options on the company’s ready-to-drink menu scratched cow milk from the ingredients list.

 
The grass is high

A New Zealand agri academic recently visiting the US met an American who clearly knew little about this country.

There is something in a name

Horizons Regional Council scored a winner the other week at a farmers’ meeting to discuss the dogs breakfast that is One Plan.

James Shaw and Jacinda Ardern signing the deal.

With the new Labour/NZ First/Greens government now in power, what changes can the rural sector expect? Reporter Peter Burke offers his view.

National leader Bill English on election night.

Although the National Party ended election night the largest party by a healthy margin, its margin wasn’t big enough (unlike 2008, 2011, and 2014) to make its return to the Treasury benches a foregone conclusion.  

Fewer cows, more Canadians

Canada now has fewer cows than at any time since the early 1990s and, say analysts, it’s partially millennials’ fault.

P... p... pea milk

They say it’s never been easier to avoid dairy, thanks to an ever-expanding array of plant-based ‘milk’ -- rice, soy, hemp, oat, coconut, almond, macadamia, hazelnut and cashew.

Sanction busting

Sanction-hit Qatar is flying in food from abroad, including milk from the UK.

It's not every day a fireman gets a call to rescue cows from a water reservoir.

The bouquet of the week goes to the unfairly maligned dairy sector, in particular the initiative shown by Federated Farmers and the Primary ITO.

National’s foreign spokesman Gerry Brownlee last month addressed the Canterbury Employers Chambers of Commerce about the headwinds facing global trade, including geo-political issues.

Fellow Feds board member Andrew Hoggard and I have just returned from a five-day study tour in Australia hosted by Mercury Energy.

One teaspoon of soil contains more living organisms than there are people in the world. Without this biological diversity there would be no life on earth.

Say goodbye to spilt milk, as scientists offer dissolvable milk capsules you add to your tea or coffee just like sugar cubes.

Labour's proposed water tax is causing jitters in the farming sector.

 

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Watered down

The farmers who booed Winston Peters at the water tax protest in Morrinsville in September may owe him an apology.

Nuts about milk

While most Starbucks bottled drinks contain dairy, four new options on the company’s ready-to-drink menu scratched cow milk from the…

 

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