Cost of marketing online set to drop for Kiwi food exporters

Cost of marketing online set to drop for Kiwi food exporters

New Zealand food exporters are expected to benefit from access to a Google platform which makes it easier to compare prices of products according to a local marketing expert. Managing director of Pure SEO Richard Conway says the introduction of the Google Shopping platform to the New Zealand market will allow users to search for products […]

GMP Dairy to develop Chinese market further

GMP Dairy to develop Chinese market further

The current dairy business climate is both challenging and promising, because regulations on infant formula are still very sticky and unclear. However, Evergrande Group’s investment into GMP Dairy Limited’s business has given the company more opportunities. Evergrande Dairy chairman Mr Xu Wen has mentioned before the group, which had turnover this year of 131.5 billion […]

Training vital through the ups and downs

Training vital through the ups and downs

Michael and Susie Woodward, runners up in the Share Farmer of the Year category in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards (NZDIA), know that riding the ups and downs of the dairy sector is part and parcel of the industry but the key is knowing what’s truly adding value to your business. “This is […]

Support for dairy farmers through tough times

Primary ITO, the industry training organisation for the dairy sector, and industry good body,  DairyNZ, have partnered up to fund a Study Grant to help retain dairy employees in training during the challenging times. “In a prolonged downturn such as we’re experiencing now, the temptation might be to abandon what some might see as non-essential […]

Hard lessons to be heeded

Hard lessons to be heeded

Owl Farm’s fourth and final Farm Focus Day for the 2016/17 season at the end of May was an opportunity to review the season, and for others in the dairy industry to benefit from the hard lessons learned on farm. Demonstration Manager Doug Dibley says financially it’s been a difficult year with production and payout […]

NZ should be milking it in organic market

NZ should be milking it in organic market

Consistent growth in the demand for organic produce over the last four decades is a missed opportunity New Zealand dairy farmers can’t afford to ignore any longer, says organics stalwart Bob Crowder. His comments are a response to a payout forecast of $9.20 for organic milk solids, more than double the price of conventional milk, […]

New Regulations to Strengthen Bobby Calf Welfare

New Regulations to Strengthen Bobby Calf Welfare

Details announced today for new regulations for the management and treatment of young calves are part of a wider programme of work by farmers, industry and government to strengthen bobby calf welfare. The eight organisations that formed the Bobby Calf Action Group at the end of 2015 have accelerated and added to existing measures aimed […]

Dairy farmers can optimise tax

Dairy farmers can optimise tax

With the margin narrowing between the Heard Scheme Value and National Standard Cost for dairy cattle, farmers are presented with an opportunity to review their livestock valuation methods and optimise their operations for tax efficiency. With this years continued convergence of values between the Herd Scheme Value and National Standard Cost for dairy cattle, professional […]

Wee puzzle for soil researcher

Wee puzzle for soil researcher

Unexpected and conflicting results from research around irrigation practices and their influence on greenhouse gas emissions have Lincoln University PhD student Jen Owens contemplating a more complex scenario and a few possible explanations. Ms Owens carried out a field experiment on a commercial dairy farm measuring nitrous oxide emissions and soil oxygen concentrations under urine […]

International Campaign Set to Boost NZ Dairy Exports

A new multi-million-dollar marketing campaign has begun to educate Australian, Chinese and ultimately U.S consumers on the health benefits of New Zealand’s grass fed dairy products. The international campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the benefits of consuming milk products from 100% grass fed cows over those raised on grain based diets. It’s […]

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