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Latest Dairy farming in New Zealand Stories

2008-07-27 06:00:16

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter and producer of Anchor Milk recently launched a five week Anchor Proven Nutrition Check-up campaign for children in Amman, Jordan. In its continuous effort to contribute to the well being of the Jordanian community, the Anchor Proven Nutrition campaign aims to make parents aware of their children's current health status. The campaign offers free screenings and provides parents with advice on how to better the health and development of their...

2008-07-25 18:00:34

HUGE demand from the dairy industry has seen manufactured feed production for this sector of the industry leap almost three-fold in the first quarter of 2008. Feed manufacturers have reported a 287% increase in production of dairy feed in the March quarter compared with the same period in 2007. In 2007 the production of dairy feed also increased almost 80% on the previous year. "New Zealand dairy producers are increasingly looking to manufactured feeds to help meet the nutrient...

2008-07-23 15:01:01

FONTERRA now accounts for a quarter of the country's export earnings, a report by Statistics New Zealand shows. Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden said the figures for the year to May 2008 confirmed dairying was a true cornerstone of the economy. "While there's an obvious contribution to our export receipts and the trade balance, the real benefits are the contribution from dairying, which starts on the farms of our shareholders and flows through local communities and the regions, and...

2008-07-20 15:00:21

John Bluett believes most dairy farmers will find value in new guidelines aimed at helping them with the Resource Management Act (RMA). "Dairy farmers have to deal with the RMA through the resource consent process every day," Mr Bluett, vice chairman of Federated Farmers national dairy section, said. "There will be situations where dairy farmers will find this guide useful, whether it is improving their farm operation, subdividing land or assessing their right to farm." Dairy Industry...

2008-07-18 15:00:52

FONTERRA says it has achieved its second major energy efficiency milestone in five years, cutting the amount of energy used to manufacture its products by a further 5%. The reduction, which is equivalent to the total annual electricity use of about 100,000 households, will cut carbon emissions by about 230,000 tonnes per annum and comes just two years after the company announced a 10% reduction in its energy consumption per unit of output. (c) 2008 Daily News; New Plymouth, New Zealand....

2008-07-14 15:00:38

By BISHOP, Diane SOUTHLAND farmer Edward van Randow would rather employ overseas workers than "scrape the bottom of the barrel" and take on sub- standard New Zealand workers. He employs staff of five nationalities on his 2300-cow dairy farm Houkura Holdings at Mossburn, and has done so for the past six years. Mr van Randow said he found them to be be happy and respectful, willing to learn and committed in their work. "To be honest I'd rather employ these guys than scrape the bottom...

2008-07-14 15:00:28

By GRAHAM, Kathy A Waikato shareholder in Open Country Cheese (OCC) has said the price offered by dairy processor Dairy Trust for shares in the takeover bid for OCC would have to be considerably higher for him to sell. Colin Young from Matamata said the takeover bid came as no surprise. Earlier this week Dairy Trust announced its intention to make an offer to buy the 47.6 per cent stake in OCC that it did not already own. "I have been expecting a full takeover from Dairy Trust since...

2008-07-09 18:00:19

By GALLOWAY, Jill Dairy giant Fonterra says industry inducement, rather than regulation will get farmers to be more environmentally sustainable. It talked to the hearing panel on the Horizons proposed One Plan. The panel is made up of independent commissioners and regional councillors. Submissions began last week and are expected to continue until March next year. It has started with an overview of the One Plan. Later hearings will cover land, water, air and biodiversity in the...

2008-07-08 15:00:39

By HUNTER, Tim IN SEPTEMBER, when shareholders in Silver Fern Farms vote on whether to sell half their company for $220 million, the money may not be the deciding factor. Equally important, or perhaps more so, will be the character of the people they are being asked to do business with. "Farmers are a funny lot," one shareholder told the Star-Times. "If they think a person's being a bit smart, s---, they'll cut them off at the knees." Just as well, then, that the deal is being put...

2008-07-02 15:00:26

Fonterra has abandoned its own bid for Australian co-op Dairy Farmers to play second fiddle to National Foods. Dairy Farmers said yesterday that it had granted National Foods and Fonterra permission to work together to decide terms to enhance the National Foods-led bid. Victoria's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter is also part of the bid. Dairy Farmers is expected to fetch about $1 billion. Australian sources said Fonterra had probably realised it would be outbid by National Foods and...