Posts tagged "Dairy NZ"

The Vision is Clear – Dairy NZ’s new waterways movement

[1 November/The Country] Dairy NZ has launched The Vision is Clear, a new movement about water quality which it is hoping that all New Zealanders will get behind. The initiative came about from dairy farmers desire to be better understood and supported by the wider population according to CEO, Tim Mackle. Dr Mackle said the...

Fonterra cuts its milk price forecast

[7 December/ Stuff] Fonterra has decreased its forecast payout for the 2017-18 season by 35 cents to $6.40 per kilogram of milk solids. Based on DairyNZ production figures of 1.85 billion kilograms of milk over the season, the 35 cent decrease equated to lost income of $647 million for farmers. For the average farmer milking...

Dairy strategy prioritises environment, animal welfare

[22 November/ Radio New Zealand] Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers, the Dairy Council of New Zealand and the Dairy Women’s Network have unveiled a new strategy called Dairy Tomorrow. The new strategy would look at the future of farming in New Zealand and ways to improve it over the next decade. It would be based on...

Dairy cows’ record production

[28 November/ Otago Daily Times] The latest New Zealand Dairy Statistics showed that the milk produced by an average cow increased from 4,185 litres in the 12 months to June 2016 to a record 4,259 litres in the 12 months to June 2017. Dairy NZ Senior Economist, Matthew Newman said the trend for increasing milk...

Dairy farmers to get advice on the media

 [17 April/ The NZ Farmers Weekly] Dairy Farmers likely to have contact with mainstream media have been offered support by Dairy NZ after the TV1 programme The Price of Milk provoked hostile farmer reaction. The programme filmed a conventional farm during the worst winter of recent years, with bad cow conditions, calving difficulties, inundated farm...

Sheep milking progressing in ‘heartland’ farming

[14 March/ Radio New Zealand] Sheep milking has become more popular in recent times, with over 30,000 sheep being milked at 13 small-scale sheep milk producers and three larger operations in New Zealand. Larger companies are also looking to sheep milk as a diversification strategy, with interest from Fonterra, Beef + Lamb, and Dairy NZ....

Dairy industry needs to stay competitive – DairyNZ

[15 March/ Radio NZ Rural] Dairy NZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle said it was time to look at how the dairy industry could stay competitive in the wake of a record low Farmgate Milk Price and mounting debt. Mr Mackle added that the organisation had stepped up its support to farmers and was running workshops...

Farmers discuss slump options

[15 March/ NZ Herald] Federated Farmers and Dairy NZ have been holding meetings throughout New Zealand, aimed at helping farmers through the downturn. Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Andrew Hoggard said they were trying to get sharemilkers and farm owners to discuss their options. Mr Hoggard added that the theme of the meetings was on the...

Fonterra payout cut bitter pill for farmers

[8 March/ NZ Herald] Fonterra Shareholders Council Chairman, Duncan Coull said the announcement of a further 25 cent drop in this season’s farmgate milk price to $3.90 per kilogram of milk solids was a bitter pill for farmers to swallow. Mr Coull said the drop reflected current market conditions, and that farmers understood what the...

Editorial: Welcome rain clouds issues for economy

[1 March/ NZ Herald] According to an editorial, New Zealand has appeared to have skipped the anticipated El Nino drought, which would have proved disastrous. Dairy NZ has revised its breakeven point for dairy farmers from $5.40 per kilogram of milk solids to $5.25 per kilogram, following good grass growth and lower production costs. However,...

Drought-resistant pasture being investigated

[26 January/ Radio NZ News] Scientists have identified a ryegrass plant that recovers from drought quicker than others, but it may be 10 years before the plant becomes available for. Dairy NZ Scientist, David Chapman said the ryegrass plants were collected from dairy farms in Waikato in 2011. Dr Chapman explained that the plants were...

Bobby calf action began before Safe hit headlines

[25 January/ NZ Farmer Weekly] Dairy NZ Chief Executive, Tim Mackle said the industry was addressing concerns about the handling of bobby calves before animal rights group, Safe released televised footage of calves being mistreated. Mr Mackle said the industry is motivated to sort the issues out and added that it is not driven by...

Eye on calves already, says MPI

 [30 November/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries said it has started an investigation into the alleged mistreatment of bobby calves highlighted in a television programme over the weekend. Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director General, Scott Gallacher said the nature of the footage, which showed calves being kicked and clubbed to death, was...

Spaans to chair Dairy NZ Board

[9 November/ Dairy News] Dairy NZ has announced that the board has elected Michael Spaans as its new chairperson, following the retirement from the company of longstanding chair, John Luxton.  Mr Spaans noted that his appointment comes at a challenging time for farmers, with the long milk price, pressure growing around compliance and the constant...

Plenty of talent to choose from

[14 September/ NZ Farmers Weekly] A field of ten strong candidates are vying for three of the five farmer-director positions on the board of DairyNZ. Two sitting directors are retiring by rotation, while current DairyNZ Chairman, John Luxton is to retire after 12 years as a director. DairyNZ hoped the high interest for the director...

Test show high levels of toxins in killer swedes

[3 September/ Radio NZ Rural] Dairy NZ has released test results which confirmed that high levels of toxins in herbicide-tolerant swedes killed hundreds of cows in Southland. Dairy NZ Southland-South Otago Leader, Richard Kyte said the results found the swedes to have higher levels of glucosinolates, which can be toxic to livestock. Mr Kyte urged...

Survey shows farmer optimism

[10 August/ NZ Farmers Weekly] The first AgriHQ Dairy Farmer Survey of Intentions revealed that most dairy farmers intend to cut back on supplementary feeding and send unproductive cows to slaughter earlier. Around 80 percent of farmers believed pasture growth was at the same level or worse than the previous season, while 75 percent expected...

Dairy NZ offers pointers

[9 July/ Otago Daily Times] DairyNZ has created an online resource, which includes in-depth budgets from top-performing dairy farms, to help struggling farmers cope with lower milk prices. Economic modelling showed farmers could recover from low prices three to four years faster, if they could decrease potential losses by up to $1 per kilogram this...

$7.3 million for pasture project

[11 July/ Otago Daily Times] The industry-led, Pastoral Genomics research project has been boosted by a $7.3 million government investment. The project is aimed at improving pasture grasses that will increase productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of New Zealand’s pastoral farming systems. The partnership between DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Grasslands Innovation, NZ Agriseeds,...

Survey shows $1billion environment investment

[14 July/ Dairy News] A joint survey conducted by Federated Farmers and DairyNZ has revealed that New Zealand dairy farmers have spent over $1 billion on the environment in the last five years. The main investments included initiatives such as effluent management, stock exclusion, riparian planting, upgrading systems and investing in technology, retiring land and...

Norgate – visionary and deal-maker

[8 July/ NZ Herald] Former Fonterra CEO, Craig Norgate sadly passed away in London last week, with many former colleagues, competitors and friends celebrating his success. Mr Norgate was a key figure in the merging of Kiwi Cooperative Dairies and the NZ Dairy Group into Fonterra, and became the co-operative’s inaugural CEO. Mr Norgate was...

Wintering barns study finds mixed results

[12 February/ Radio New Zealand Rural] A study, undertaken by Dairy NZ and AgFirst on the economic and nutrient loss impacts of building and running cow houses has found that wintering barns may not necessarily be profitable or better for the environment. Dairy NZ senior economist, Mathew Newman stated that farmers generally invested in wintering...

Experience, care help after ending of theileria subsidy

[30 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The Ministry for Primary Industries has ended the subsidy given for the PCR testing of suspected cattle for theileria ikeda. Dairy NZ veterinary policy advisor, Nita Harding said the Ministry would subsidise the testing in the South Island where the disease was non-endemic, and for farmers in special circumstances....

Fonterra forecasts price drop

[25 September/ NZ Herald] Agricultural commentators highlighted that dairy farmers will face serious difficulties if Fonterra’s latest milk price forecast of $5.30 per kilogram of milksolids eventuates, especially if the prices remain low this season and next. Dairy NZ’s general manager of research and development, David McCall said that most farmers should be able to...