A commercial diagnostic tool is being developed that will allow farmers to test for Mycoplasma bovis.
North Otago farmers Kerry and Rosie Dwyer have lodged two complaints with the Ministry for Primary Industries over the Mycoplasma bovis response.
Farmers will soon be able to test for cattle disease 'Mycoplasma bovis' thanks to a new diagnostic tool being developed.
Dairy product prices rose at the Global Dairy Trade auction, gaining for the first time in five events, amid strong demand.
Two more Mid Canterbury farms have been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis.
Trudy Bensted is planning the next chapter in her life, packing up her family and moving farms.
A six-week-old heifer calf from North Otago's Busybrook Holsteins is believed to have set a New Zealand record, selling for $35,000.
Some pressure is still expected to build on global commodity prices in this year's second quarter, in line with the northern hemisphere milk peak, Rabobank's latest dairy quarterly says.
Once-a-day milking continues to grow in popularity in the South, as farmers explore options available to them.
Giving once-a-day milking a go has been a valuable lesson for Woodlands contract milker Matt McKenzie.
Needing a change in their dairying lives, Shane and Eileen Walker, of Gore, decided to try once-a-day milking.
Many farmers in South Otago and the Taieri were affected by floods last July, and that was followed by a particularly long and dry summer.
Farming Mycoplasma bovis out of the system is one way of getting rid of the infection, Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chairman Nathan Currie says.
Synlait Milk made a net profit after tax of $40.7 million for the six months ending January 31.
It's still early days, but the focus is quickly turning to the dairy season ahead.
The impact of the impending Mycoplasma bovis cattle cull on milk and beef supply nationally will be much smaller than the "devastating" impact on affected farmers, Westpac senior economist...
Cattle movements across Cook Strait are being tracked in a new government programme to prevent the spread of M. bovis.
The company responsible for selling seed linked to the deaths of hundreds of dairy cows in 2014 says it will provide compensation.
Synlait Milk says it will spend about $18 million to double production of lactoferrin at its Dunsandel plant after securing a multi-year agreement to supply the high-value milk protein.
It was business as usual at this week's GlobalDairyTrade auction, with no signs of dairy market panic from the United States-China trade skirmish.