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.

 
No watery grave

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

Feds dairy chairman Chris Lewis and Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons at the Dairy Apprenticeship Scheme launch.

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

 
NZ exports to China are booming.

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.

Chris Allen.

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

Goodbye to spillage

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

Campaign money

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

Another reason not to kill the goose that laid the golden egg: Stats NZ says we achieved a rare July trade surplus of $85 million this year, thanks to a recovery in dairy export prices.

Call it what you like -- water tax, royalty on water use or a water use charge -- it’s an unfair proposal, another ploy by the Government to charge its coffers at the expense of the country’s hardworking farmers.

The animal husbandry department of an Indian state has stepped up work to provide health cards to cows.

In 1993 Jim Herr, the owner of Herr Food Inc, in the US, most famous for its line of potato chips, confronted a problem.

We all know that happy cows produce better milk. The finding is not new; the California Milk Advisory Board has been saying it for years.

Prime Minister Bill English recently spoke at the NZ Institute of International Affairs annual dinner and touched on trade. Here are excerpts from his speech.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can no longer ignore the growing demand that it enforces its own regulations against fake dairy foods.

 

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