Rural News

Tatua makes record payment

Tatua milk plant at Tatuanui.

The country's smallest dairy co-operative, Tatua in Waikato, has delivered its farmers the biggest milk payout again. It is paying its 109 suppliers $9 per kilo of milk solids.

Greens question Fonterra strategy

Russel Norman

The Green Party says an international report ranking the world's biggest milk processors is a wake up call for New Zealand's dairy sector.

Fonterra revamping services to farmers

A new hub has been launched at Methven.

Fonterra is revamping its retail, on-line and other services to farmers under a new brand, with the aim of connecting more closely with its suppliers in the dairy regions.

Growers suing Govt over Psa outbreak

kiwifruit vines

The chairman of a group of kiwifruit growers taking legal action against biosecurity officials over an outbreak of the vine disease Psa in 2010 says the Government is at fault.

Bumper season for Hawke's Bay wineries

grapes on vine hawke's bay

Warm, sunny weather has led to some Hawke's Bay wineries reporting record profits, according to a new report which shows a positive outlook for the industry as a whole.

Winemakers escape worst of the frost

Winemakers in the top of the South Island have escaped the worst of the sudden frost.

Winemakers in the top of the South Island have escaped the worst of the sudden frost over the past few days. The frost came too early to affect the Sauvignon Blanc crop.

Lamb prices expected to be stable

New-born twin lambs having their first feed from their mother ewe.

The country's biggest meat exporter, Beef & Lamb New Zealand, is expecting to see little change in lamb prices this season.

Fonterra poor at value-adding - report

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A report ranking the world's biggest milk processors puts Fonterra near the top in terms of the volume of milk it collects, but near the bottom in terms of the value it creates from that milk.

Fonterra launches Farm Source

Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings.

Fonterra has launched a new initiative, Farm Source, which aims to bring the co-operative closer to its 11,000 farmer suppliers.

More advice on cow-killing swedes

Swedes are a common winter crop in Southland.

The Southland working group formed to investigate the mystery illness striking dairy cows grazed on swedes will be issuing updated advice to farmers this week.

Cow mating app launched

Farmers can use the app to record information about mating on their smartphone.

A new smartphone app - the dairy industry equivalent of Tinder - has been launched to help farmers figure out when cows should mate.

Farmers back call for lower dollar

New Zealand dollar

The national farming lobby group has backed the Reserve Bank's call that the New Zealand dollar is unjustifiably and unsustainably high.

Robots planned for orchard work

kiwifruit on vines

Robots could be picking fruit and doing other tasks whatever the weather in tomorrow's kiwifruit and apple orchards following a $7.6 million grant from the Government.

Kiwi shepherds compete with world's best

Hamish Best and Peter Klaassen (right) flew the flag for New Zealand in the first World Young Shepherds Challenge,  in 2011.

Two young New Zealand shepherds will be taking on the world's best next week, in an international test of sheep farming skills.

Wool exporters want lower dollar


Wool traders, like all exporters, would like to see the dollar come down further after yesterday's dip against the US currency.

Deadly parasite continues to spread

The fatal parasite is spread through herds by ticks.

The latest government update shows cattle on more than 850 farms are now infected by a lethal parasite sweeping the North Island, with about 30 new farms a week affected.

Farms generating tonnes of waste - study

old tyres on farm

A new study by the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils has been carried out to try and determine how much rubbish farms are generating and what they are doing with it.

Alliance criticised over board terms

farmer laptop

Meat Industry Excellence has criticised the Alliance Group co-operative for keeping long-serving directors on the board for extra terms, saying it needs an injection of new blood.