Fonterra banks on new farmer approach

Fonterra is banking on a diverse product mix and a more open relationship with farmers to help it grow in Australia.
Fonterra is banking on a diverse product mix and a more open relationship with farmers to help it grow in Australia.
While he might be legendary in the dairy industry, Ashgrove founder John Bennett’s farming success was recognised on a wider level as when he was named a national farming legend.
21 Aug 17 While he might be legendary in the dairy industry, Ashgrove founder John Bennett’s farming success was recognised on a wider level as when he was named a national farming legend.
Fonterra celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art cheese plant at Stanhope, Vic, on Friday marking the return of full production to the site two-and-a-half years after fire destroyed the previous plant.
18 Aug 17 Fonterra celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art cheese plant at Stanhope, Vic, on Friday marking the return of full production to the site two-and-a-half years after...
A south-west Victorian dairy farmer has described the Senate dairy report as “remarkably disappointing.”
18 Aug 17 A south-west Victorian dairy farmer has described the Senate dairy report as “remarkably disappointing.”
The brunt of the dairy industry crisis has hit the Britnell Family, who have made the tough decision to switch dairy processors for the survival of their farm business.
17 Aug 17 The brunt of the dairy industry crisis has hit the Britnell Family, who have made the tough decision to switch dairy processors for the survival of their farm business.
The last 20 years of runaway growth for the New Zealand dairy industry will soon come to an end as environmental limits are reached, Rabobank says.
17 Aug 17 The last 20 years of runaway growth for the New Zealand dairy industry will soon come to an end as environmental limits are reached, Rabobank says.
For the fourth time in the last five auctions, global dairy prices have fallen slightly, including a small decline in New Zealand's key export product whole milk powder (WMP).
16 Aug 17 For the fourth time in the last five auctions, global dairy prices have fallen slightly, including a small decline in New Zealand's key export product whole milk powder (WMP).
Dairy farmers are taking their campaign against “fake” milk products direct to consumers.
11 Aug 17  2 Dairy farmers are taking their campaign against “fake” milk products direct to consumers.
The Chinese-born owner of the nation’s biggest dairyfarming operation and one of Australia’s oldest agricultural businesses assures sceptics he will keep his foreign investment commitments to expand the Tasmanian operation.
10 Aug 17 The Chinese-born owner of the nation’s biggest dairyfarming operation and one of Australia’s oldest agricultural businesses assures sceptics he will keep his foreign investment...
Shares in infant formula maker Bellamy's have rocketed to their highest level this year after the company confirmed that its recently acquired Melbourne factory had got its China export licence back.
09 Aug 17 Shares in infant formula maker Bellamy's have rocketed to their highest level this year after the company confirmed that its recently acquired Melbourne factory had got its China export...
Bega Cheese has netted $172.7 million from a share offer to institutional investors and existing shareholders launched in June.
09 Aug 17 Bega Cheese has netted $172.7 million from a share offer to institutional investors and existing shareholders launched in June.
The first time Jackie Wilmann turned up to a working bee at the Poowong Consolidated School and saw tractors ready to help, she knew she was in a close-knit farming community.
08 Aug 17 The first time Jackie Wilmann turned up to a working bee at the Poowong Consolidated School and saw tractors ready to help, she knew she was in a close-knit farming community.
Australian milk production fell 6.9 per cent in 2016-17, according to the latest figures from Dairy Australia.
04 Aug 17 Australian milk production fell 6.9 per cent in 2016-17, according to the latest figures from Dairy Australia.
Fonterra's Chinese investment partner Beingmate has forecast a hefty loss of $70 million for the first six months of the year and announced a sell-off of dairy farm assets.
04 Aug 17 Fonterra's Chinese investment partner Beingmate has forecast a hefty loss of $70 million for the first six months of the year and announced a sell-off of dairy farm assets.
Dairy Australia has announced nominees to stand for election to its board as non-executive directors at the annual general meeting in November.
03 Aug 17 Dairy Australia has announced nominees to stand for election to its board as non-executive directors at the annual general meeting in November.
Even before Lu Xianfeng completed the $280 million purchase of Australia's largest dairy farm in April 2016, the Chinese billionaire was looking to sell.
03 Aug 17 Even before Lu Xianfeng completed the $280 million purchase of Australia's largest dairy farm in April 2016, the Chinese billionaire was looking to sell.
A group of at least seven overseas workers claim they have been paid below minimum wages while employed at a South Western Victorian dairy farm.
02 Aug 17 A group of at least seven overseas workers claim they have been paid below minimum wages while employed at a South Western Victorian dairy farm.
Butter prices took the biggest hit in the Global Dairy Trade auction last night with a 4.9 per cent drop.
02 Aug 17 Butter prices took the biggest hit in the Global Dairy Trade auction last night with a 4.9 per cent drop.
Renae Bice spent her childhood learning how a dairy farm works, now she wants to find out how the wider industry operates.
02 Aug 17 Renae Bice spent her childhood learning how a dairy farm works, now she wants to find out how the wider industry operates.
Gary Helou was far from happy. Late in the summer of 2016, the then chief executive of Murray Goulburn, the nation's biggest dairy foods company, had dispatched senior staff to China as part of a push to sell more infant formula.
31 Jul 17  1 Gary Helou was far from happy. Late in the summer of 2016, the then chief executive of Murray Goulburn, the nation's biggest dairy foods company, had dispatched senior staff to China as...
Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker expects “tense” conversations with farm suppliers to continue, as he tries to rebuild trust in the global dairy giant.
28 Jul 17  1 Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker expects “tense” conversations with farm suppliers to continue, as he tries to rebuild trust in the global dairy giant.
Fonterra Australia has stepped up its farmgate milk price to $5.50 a kilogram milk solids.
28 Jul 17 Fonterra Australia has stepped up its farmgate milk price to $5.50 a kilogram milk solids.
The New Zealand dairy industry is grappling to deal with its first recorded outbreak of a highly contagious cattle disease commonly found in the world.
27 Jul 17 The New Zealand dairy industry is grappling to deal with its first recorded outbreak of a highly contagious cattle disease commonly found in the world.
Murray Goulburn (MG) supplier Craig Dettling of Macarthur Craig Dettling is asking fellow Murray Goulburn (MG) suppliers to take a long-term view rather than join the rush away from the dairy co-operative.
27 Jul 17 Murray Goulburn (MG) supplier Craig Dettling of Macarthur Craig Dettling is asking fellow Murray Goulburn (MG) suppliers to take a long-term view rather than join the rush away from the...
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A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it...
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Don't fall for the processors changing their contracts. They can change them back again without
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This is all very nice for specific LIon suppliers but it does absolutely nothig for the wider
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This is well-written, covers what's going on well. It highlights how wrong the processors
Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in September, while Peter Roach caught up with suppliers at the Elmore Field Days in October.02 Dec 18 Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show...
The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding windblown lunettes.29 Nov 18 The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...