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November 15th
By Guyon Espiner and Veronica Schmidt of RNZ A 26-year-old is the fourth person to die shortly after changing from a branded version of the anti-epilepsy drug lamotrigine to a generic version, Logem.William Oliver died on August...
November 15th
It's going to be a relatively fine warm weekend for most of the North Island, with Aucklanders granted a rain-free stretch to "enjoy the outdoors". Most of the northern and eastern coast of the North Island will enjoy a sunny weekend,...
November 15th
By RNZ Controlling, fearful, and oppressive - that's how people who've left the community of Gloriavale described their lives there.This comes as a new trust is established - the Gloriavale Leavers' Support Trust - which aims...
November 15th
Plans are well advanced for dedicated bus lanes on the Northwestern Motorway to ease congestion for West Aucklanders required to drive into the city.Transport Minister and Te Atatū MP Phil Twyford said the NZ Transport Agency...
November 15th
The Armed Offenders Squad have descended on a Hamilton wreckers yard.A witness said "police with dogs and guns pointing at around five people" were at Riverlea Wreckers.A police spokeswoman said it was a "pre-planned search and...
November 8th
Competing in the livestock contests at the New Zealand Agricultural Show is not for the faint-hearted. Over 3000 animals and exhibitors are on site, all vying for a prestigious ribbon and recognition amongst their peers.  Very determined competitor…
November 7th
Newly elected DairyNZ director Tracy Brown says there are more moving parts in the industry now than in the whole 25 years she has been in dairy. “That uncertainty is creating a whole lot of stress and anxiety. Because of that people aren’t sure what to …
October 24th
An online stock trading platform was relaunched last week (Oct 14) to open up its national livestock marketplace to the whole industry. Managing director of StockX Jason Roebuck says the platform is now open to all – from farmers to agents and processors…
October 11th
Rural Canterbury blockholder David Moffett has turned from giving advice on farm succession to the future of farming itself. Moffett has launched a political party to help New Zealand farmers struggling with climate taxes. He says NZ’s heavy reliance on…
October 10th
55% of New Zealanders hold a positive view of the primary industries, new research shows. In contrast, just 12% of New Zealanders hold a negative view. UMR Research surveyed a representative general public sample of 1000 respondents to discover NZe…
November 13th
Top US milk processor Dean Foods Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is in advanced talks with Dairy Farmers of America about a potential sale.Dean listed assets and liabilities of as much as $10 billion each in court papers...
November 11th
Ben & Jerry's is facing a lawsuit accusing the ice cream maker and its parent company of false advertising by saying the milk and cream in its products comes from "happy cows."In a complaint filed Oct. 29 in federal court in Burlington,...
November 8th
Taranaki is set to host a national youth camp designed to upskill young people interested in showing and handling dairy cattle. The camp, organised by Holstein Friesian NZ, is being held at Stratford's A&P Showgrounds from 10th-13th...
November 8th
An impassioned plea was made to Fonterra chairman John Monaghan to stand down at the co-operative's annual meeting in Invercargill yesterday, following "disastrous" financial results.About 200 people attended the three-hour meeting...
November 8th
A dwindling domestic dairy herd will play into Fonterra Cooperative Group's plan to extract greater value from New Zealand milk by introducing scarcity to the market, chief executive Miles Hurrell says.The growing environmental...
November 14th
Heat stress has a big effect on reproduction, explains Greg Jarratt, vet and director of Matamata Veterinary Services. One of the biggest headaches faced by NZ farmers is reproductive failure where in a herd six–week in calf rates fall and empty rates cli…
November 14th
BVD is a viral disease of cattle with a big economic impact. It is estimated to cost the New Zealand cattle industry $150 million in direct production losses each year.1 “Persistently infected” (PI) cattle are the main source of BVD spread; these animals …
November 13th
New Lincoln University research shows analysing a farmer’s personal characteristics is important when dealing with their anxiety. Research report authors Bruce Greig, Dr Peter Nuthall and Dr Kevin Old say a farmer’s personality, objective set, belief in t…
October 18th
As we struggle to fathom how we ended up in the throes of a measles outbreak again, we’re reminded of the importance of vaccinations to protect us from life-threatening diseases. This is no less true for animals which can share diseases with people. Vacci…
October 18th
Farmers and global markets can depend on OSPRI, explains chief executive Steve Stuart. The kiwi farmers whose levies support OSPRI’s work agree that New Zealand relies on the strong reputation of primary produce as the backbone of our exporting econo…
November 15th
Hundreds of Northland farmers have marched their tractors down the main street of Dargaville in protest of "sweeping" climate change legislation.Protest organiser and Ruawai based dairy farmer Mark Cameron says the climate change...
November 14th
PASTURES November is a critical month for pastures with the rain we get now dictating growth for early silage in case predictions for another dry summer turn out to be right.Grass should be bursting out of the ground in most parts,...
November 14th
The cattle sales would start in September and there would be up to 10,000 cattle sold from the big government blocks.Kaitaia stock agents Sloane Livestock celebrated 25 years in business at the weekend.More than 150 people gathered...
November 14th
All classes of store stock continued to sell well at the Stortford Lodge store sale yesterday.A big yarding of about 800 cattle of mostly top quality sold especially well with heavy angus steers making up to $2080/head.Good yearling...
November 14th
OK, council, which one is it?Tukituki farmers are unfairly finding themselves needing resource consent, despite meeting their individual on-farm nitrogen leaching limits.This is triggered by a rule requiring every farmer in a...
November 14th
300 plus rurals turned up at the fifth annual Spring Sheep Co open day at Matangi near Hamilton. The high turnout was little surprise with New Zealand’s bovine dairy industry under the pump. Pushing the message ‘Discover New Zealand’s Gentlest Milk’, buil…
October 31st
In New Zealand’s soils, phosphorus does a great job at growing plants but unfortunately it does the same thing if it makes it into our water. Once dissolved phosphate is in surface water, it assists in growing the wrong plants such as oxygen-depleting alg…
October 31st
India's dairy market has recently transformed — which is good news for Fonterra's new consumer brand in the country. So says Judith Swales, Fonterra’s chief operating officer, global consumer and foodservice. Fonterra has launched its first consumer brand…
October 30th
Both Massey University’s top scholars for 2019 are from dairy farming families and both are DairyNZ scholarship students. Megan Robertson who hails from a dairy farm at Hari Hari, West Coast, was named Massey Agriculture Student of the Year. And Grace Bur…
October 17th
Waikato Innovation Park, at Hamilton, soon home to another spray dryer, recently hosted Labour politicians and other visitors. Dairy News spoke to Labour MPs Jamie Strange and Angie Warren-Clark, at the Park, where they applauded the expansion of its milk…
November 15th
New Zealand shares edged lower as electricity companies remained under pressure as the future of the Tiwai Point smelter remains uncertain and after a weak operating update from Contact Energy. The S&P/NZX 50 Index decreased 4.55...
November 15th
Kiwibank has reduced its one-year fixed-term home-loan interest rate to a new record low ? dropping from 3.55 per cent to 3.39 per cent.Kiwibank's offer, which is effective from Monday, will be available for a limited time and requires...
November 15th
Qantas' marathon experimental non-stop flight from London to Sydney landed after just over 19 hours in the air and has given the airline greater confidence in new long range services.The flight, with 62 passengers and crew on board,...
November 15th
The New Zealand dollar rebounded amid renewed debate on whether the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates again from current record lows at the same time as the market increased the odds of two more rate cuts from the RBA by May next...
November 15th
A man is fighting for his right to jokingly mock his employer with a Hitler meme, saying he was "taking the mickey".The former employee of BP has appealed the Fair Work Commission's decision that his sacking was "not harsh, unjust...
November 15th
When the final whistle blew in the All Blacks' final match of the Rugby World Cup, it brought with it more uncertainty than closure. With a host of incumbent players moving on to greener pastures, the opportunity will be there for...
November 15th
Shaun Wallace may be a star of The Chase and one of the world's top quizzers, but he's far from an All Blacks guru. The "Dark Destroyer" arrived in New Zealand yesterday and spent the day in Whangarei with a scheduled show in...
November 15th
Departing All Black Sonny Bill Williams has opened up on his wild ways and how it left him with "emptiness in his heart".The 34-year-old midfielder was on Friday unveiled as a Toronto Wolfpack player after a sensational switch to...
November 15th
Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been convicted over an assault which left the victim with a fractured jaw.Selby-Rickit (22) appeared in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon facing a charge of reckless disregard...
November 15th
The battle for the next All Blacks head coach is down to only three contenders, according to leading New Zealand rugby broadcaster Scotty Stevenson.Stevenson has taken to Twitter claiming that the search for Steve Hansen's successor...