$7/kgMS opening forecast!

Fonterra has announced an opening forecast Farmgate Milk Price of $7/kgMS for the 2018/19 season starting June 1. 





Oz milk yield up

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 


Co-op’s hedge kept Canadians out

Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years ago.

Sourcing better deals in Oz

Fonterra says its launch of Farm Source in Australia is another way of growing its partnership with farmer suppliers.





Natural health a winner for firm

The Hamilton dairy biotech company Quantec won the supreme award at the recent Natural Health Products NZ annual awards in…


Trimming goats' hooves

Overgrown hooves can cause a lot of problems for dairy goats, including stress on joints and bacterial and fungal infections.


Dog on weed a friend to all

Invercargill dog trainer John Taylor has been in demand in the Waikato and other districts using his 8-year-old border collie…

Blazing the trail for OAD Jerseys

Converting a sheep and beef farm to dairy and going once-a-day milking has proven good decision-making by Jersey breeders Matthew…

Farm Health


New season’s maize silage

Last month I wrote about the likely impact of this growing season on maize silage quality, i.e. that relatively short…

Machinery & Products


Love affair with front-end loaders

New Zealand farmers seem to have a love affair with front-end loaders, particularly in comparison to their European counterparts who…

Bends but doesn’t break

Arriving just in time for recent regional field days, the new Kawasaki Mule range bears the title Mule PRO-FXR.

Off-roader from elsewhere

For people looking for an off-road vehicle for their agriculture or a lifestyle property, the Kymco range of quads and…



Graphite edition adds value

A limited-edition Holden Colorado — just 100 units nationwide — will become the prized possession of a select bunch of…

T60 takes on the big boys

LDV distributor Great Lake Motors says it expects to shake up New Zealand’s ute market with its new LDV T60.


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Oat deer!

Vegan oat milk is so popular in the US that coffee shops are running out of stock.

Top meaty facts

The Great British Beef Week, organised by UK Ladies in Beef, emphasises the nation’s locally produced food. Here are some…


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