Last Updated: October 02, 2014

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Dairy prices Milk step-up hopes fade

FARMGATE milk price step-ups less likely as processors attempt to hold season opening prices.

Silage season in full swing

Luke Felmingham. Making Silage.
SILAGE season has started “with a bang” for Luke Felmingham.

Fodder shortage to hit dairy

 Cows eating Hydro Fodder off the silage cart
DAIRY farmers should organise their hay supplies now ahead of an expected shortage of quality fodder.

Bulla unfazed as milk price slides

 N48HT100 Bulla. Bulla Dairy Products in Derrimut are celebrating 100 years.
BULLA Dairy Foods isn’t “unhappy” paying its suppliers a premium, despite global prices plummeting.

Fonterra cuts farmgate price

21/07/2006 NA: Jersey cows on the Hicks family dairy farm just out of Mooroopna. Dairy Awards. Pic. Zoe Phillips
FONTERRA Australia has become the second dairy processor to cut this season’s farmgate price forecast.

Prized cow delivers

Hartwould Holsteins dispersal, Shepparton saleyards
DAYS after their Hartwould Holsteins dispersal, Phil and Tania McKenna got a welcomed phone call.

New business Investors get unique offer

Generic chopper cows. Generic dairy. Saleyards.
A NEW business model to develop dairy farms wants to capitalise on investment interest in the sector.

Auction price firm Fonterra cuts NZ milk price

Puppies With the Walker Family
UPDATE: FONTERRA has reduced its NZ milk price from $NZ6 a kilogram of milk solids to $NZ5.30kg/MS.

Foreign Investment China eyes southwest Victoria

China eyes southwest Victoria
SPECULATION about Chinese interest in south west Victorian dairy farms has heated up.

Laws didn’t hamper MG bid

Warrnambool Cheese & Butter factory, Allansford.(Near Warrnambool) 25/10/2013 Pic by ROBIN SHARROCK
COMPETITION laws did not hinder Murray Goulburn’s bid for WCB, review finds.

Breed standout Sweet Dairy Show success

Royal Melbourne Dairy Show 2014 Tuesday
THIS year’s Royal Melbourne Dairy Show supreme exhibit nearly didn’t attend.

The easy whey with robots

The easy whey with robots
A COMPLETELY automated milking system is proving a solid investment for two Wakool dairy farmers.

Jugiong success It’s all about the fore-udder

Royal Melbourne Dairy Show 2014 Tuesday
A STRONG fore-udder attachment made Jugiong Nellie 6650 a standout in the intermediate interbreed.

Don’t copy Fonterra: report

06/11/2008 FOOD: Three litres containers (l-R) Coles Smart Buy Milk at $3.19, You'll Love Coles Milk at $3.79 and Dairy Farme...
CREATING national agribusiness champions by relaxing competition can hurt consumers, a report says.

Profit soars for Synlait Milk

FEATURES: Dairy cows graze at Woodside Green Farm in Great Hallingbury, Essex.
SYNLAIT Milk has posted a 70 per cent jump in annual profit.

Bega in Chinese UHT deal

21/07/2006 NA: Jersey cows on the Hicks family dairy farm just out of Mooroopna. Dairy Awards. Pic. Zoe Phillips
BEGA Cheese is expected to generate $100 million through a deal with a leading Chinese retail group.

Chinese like our low risk

 Guy Lucas - Dairy Farmer from Brogo Valley. Dairy Farm. Cows. Calves. Milk.
CHINESE business couple Amy Qiao and her husband George like to invest in familiar areas.

Dreamer shares Show success

Show. Rooftop Express
“DREAMER” the cow is only 13 months old, but she’s already had a moo-mentous start to life.

Hands-on learning for students

Hands-on learning for students
A WORK placement at a Victorian dairy has taught Latin American students practical farming skills.

MG’s value challenge

Marray Goulburn AGM. Moonee Valley. Phil Tracy from Yanakie elected to the board.
ANOTHER large Australian dairy co-operative would further fragment the dairy industry.

Who’s your daddy?

Who’s your daddy?
WHAT are the odds?

China to put squeeze on our cows

Dairy Farm Chinese Investor
ONE of China’s biggest milk companies is buying up dairy farms in Australia.

Holstein takes honours at show

Royal Melbourne Dairy Show 2014
A HOLSTEIN exhibited by John Gardiner claimed the top honours at the Royal Melbourne Dairy Show.

Dairy’s Kiwi phobia

Dairy’s Kiwi phobia
A SENIOR dairy leader has told the Australian industry to stop “obsessing” with New Zealand.

Formula for success

 Milk pouring into a vat.
INVESTORS  are interested in building infant formula plants in NSW for export markets.

Chocolate lure for dairy farmers

Cadbury chocolate factory, Tasmania plant at Claremont
THE Derwent Valley is attracting growing interest to convert more farms to dairy because of chocolate maker Cadbury’s appetite for milk.

Every raindrop will count

Every raindrop will count

MOST of southeast Australia requires well above-average rain this year to be an average year.

Swans savour a rare flag

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Wheat drops to four-year low

 Landscape near Colbinabbin. Wheat crop.

WHEAT ­futures hit four-year lows on the Chicago Board of Trade last week.

ATV keeps up with the Holsteins


JURGEN and Corry Haselau have no problem keeping up with the cows with their Can-Am Outlander ATV.

Mittagundi committed to kids

Liz Leyshan - Mittagundi

THERE’S no power, no technology, no mirrors and no watches allowed, yet teenagers willingly apply to stay.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.