Tim Mackle.

Choosing 15 dairy farmers as NZ’s climate change ambassadors is the next step in the dairy sector’s plan for a culture of climate-conscious agribusiness, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle.

MPI's director of response Geoff Gwyn.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is beginning a second round of nationwide milk testing, checking the country's dairy herd for the presence of Mycoplasma bovis.

 
Synlait is working to bring technology to NZ which may reduce methane by 30-60% in animals’ rumens.

Synlait is working with companies in Europe to bring technology to NZ which will significantly reduce methane in the rumen of animals, says Hamish Reid, director of sustainability and brand.  

 
 
Waikato dairy farms will be monitored again from the air by Waikato Regional Council staff.

Pinpoint aerial surveillance of Waikato dairy farms has been voted in by Waikato Regional Councillors as a ‘risk management’ move on farmers suspected of poor effluent handling.

Keith Woodford says NZ infant formla manufacturers would need to change the way they make the product for China.

New Zealand's dairy farmer leaders have been told that while global demand for milk is great, there is no future without China.

Farmwatch released footage of a Northland sharemilker beating a cow with a steel pipe last month.

Many dairy farm workers and people in rural communities are too scared to go to MPI or speak out about animal cruelty for fear of being blacklisted in the industry or ostracised by their rural community.

Nita Harding.

DairyNZ veterinary technical policy advisor Nita Harding says normally not too many cows need to be slaughtered on dairy farms.

DairyNZ strategy leader Dr Jenny Jago says the wellbeing of animals is at the heart of every dairy farm.

The cow carcases photographed by Farmwatch appear to have been tipped over a bank into a gully -- not an offal pit, said spokesman John Darroch.

A weaker New Zealand dollar may help offset the decline in Global Dairy Trade prices, but the reasons behind the lower dollar are more significant to dairy, says Rabobank dairy analyst Emma Higgins.  

A Waikato farmer’s work stint on overseas farms prompted him to apply for certification for dairy and meat products from pastoral farms.

New Zealand farmers are getting paid much more than their counterparts overseas and it's all thanks to the co-op model, says a corporate farmer and former Fonterra director.

Fonterra will check with its palm kernel expeller (PKE) supplier on claims that the company is involved in deforestation in Indonesia.

The head of BiosecurityNZ (MPI’s group dealing with Mycoplasma bovis), Roger Smith, says its job is to make NAIT easy so that farmers will comply with it.

 

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