Dry, hot weather in December caused a "significant" 6% decline in milk production over the month, compared with the same month a year earlier, Fonterra said in its latest market update.
A Canadian crown corporation got a green light to buy a medium-sized dairy farm and a neighbouring dairy support block in Canterbury for $17.7 million just ahead of tougher requirements on land sales to foreign buyers.
This year’s Otago-Taieri A&P Show will be without cattle categories, as shows across the South take precautions against Mycoplasma bovis.
The Ministry for Primary Industries' effort to contain and eradicate cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is ''madness'' that should stop, says the farmer where it all started.
Australia had its third-hottest year on record in 2017, as global warming changed the continent's climate and farmers warned unpredictable seasons are hurting the sector.
Agriculture and Rural Minister Damien O'Connor has added the Grey and Buller districts on the West Coast to the medium-scale drought declared in the lower North Island last month.
The NZX dairy derivatives market reached a significant milestone last year as record trading volumes were achieved across its full suite of futures and options contracts.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area.
New Zealand's clean and green image has come under attack from a visiting UK businessman.
Dairy prices were back in the black in the first GlobalDairyTrade auction held early yesterday.
Little showers of rain over the last week have not been enough to end the drought that is getting its grip on coastal farmland, Brian Doughty says.
The year was one of surprises, consistency, comebacks and consolidation for New Zealand's agricultural industry, ASB senior rural economist Nathan Penny says.
Clandeboye's $240million mozzarella plant is on target for commissioning in May.
A South Canterbury lavender grower is experiencing an early start to the season.
Rural sector businesses are yet to see any major spending increases, but there are some positive signs.
The future of the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme was still unknown last week.
Fonterra breached the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act by imposing less favourable terms on North Otago farmers who had supplied the failed NZ Dairies, the Supreme Court rules.
North Otago's well-known Jersey benne potatoes are finally in full harvest, in time for Christmas.
South Canterbury freezing works are at capacity, providing a pre-Christmas boost for the region's economy.
A farming consultant's claim to have discovered both the cause of and cure for Mycoplasma bovis has been dismissed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.