A dairy farm in Otago is the latest to be confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis.
Malcolm Gawn and wife Tracy Tooley decided they did not like Auckland traffic or the long commutes, so they moved to Balclutha and now they make soap from goat milk.
Dairy farm and dry stock sales picked up last month after a reported patchy period in the Southland rural estate market, a local farm sales specialist says.
The findings of a University of Otago study on the human toll of Mycoplasma bovis in the South will be telling.
The emotional, social and psychological impacts of Mycoplasma bovis on farmers and farming communities will be studied by the University of Otago.
Improved dairy prices have removed some of the downside risk to Fonterra's milk price forecast, economists say.
Synlait has successfully renewed the registration of its Dunsandel plant, allowing it to continue exporting canned infant formula to China.
Fonterra is selling its Farm Source livestock division to Carrfields Livestock as part of a board-led portfolio review.
Dairy export rival the United States has sounded the alarm about New Zealand's latest trade agreement, saying it's critical the US accelerates efforts to hunt new export trade deals.
A2 Milk said it had appointed a former McKinsey and Co consultant and a former Fonterra executive to new roles created in its management team to cover emerging markets and technical issues.
2018 was a big year for those affected by Mycoplasma bovis — and momentum is expected to continue throughout 2019, response director Geoff Gwyn says.
Fonterra's first Global Dairy Trade auction of the year has resulted in the overall index rising 2.8%, the third consecutive rise of the fortnightly auction.
Dairy prices are off to a strong start for 2019, with gains registered for all the products on offer at the first Global Dairy Trade auction of the year.
Increased confidence that cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis can be eradicated from New Zealand should be greeted with very cautious optimism.
Dairy prices have ended the year on a positive note with a 1.7% increase in this week's GlobalDairyTrade auction.
The dairy industry's billion-dollar importance to Otago and Southland has been highlighted in a recently-released NZIER report commissioned by the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand.
More than 50,000 cows have been culled and 50,000 more may go as New Zealand attempts to become the first country to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.
The Commerce Commission wants more transparency from Fonterra Cooperative Group, saying the dairy processor hasn't met its commitments to be more forthcoming.