Some time ago, I used this column as a platform to subtly complain about the lack of action in translating my Farm World field day machinery purchases to actual shiny steel in my yard.

Published in Machinery & Products
Friday, 12 May 2017 07:56

Production growth in major markets

It’s been widely reported by now that dairy markets are in a somewhat balanced phase.

Published in Agribusiness
Friday, 17 March 2017 10:19

You have to admit, it's built Ford tough

I know you’ve been hanging out for an update on the Ford 7700, purchased before Christmas on something between a whim and a brain fade.

Published in Machinery & Products
Thursday, 16 March 2017 12:09

Keep one eye on the horizon

Those with an ear to global dairy markets have noticed an unwelcome change in the last few weeks, as the bullish sentiment that propelled commodity prices significantly higher in late 2016 begins to fray.

Published in General News
Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:44

A new tractor under the Christmas tree

It’s December! Or rather it was. Now it’s February, and Christmas is well behind us. 

Published in Machinery & Products

The balance in global dairy supply and demand has improved markedly in recent months, while closer to home farmers are seeing some improvement in drivers of farm profitability, according to Dairy Australia’s February 2017 Situation and Outlook report released today.

Published in General News

Calendar year 2017 has begun in much the same way as 2016 ended; with a well-balanced global commodity market, and some improvements to (still challenging) margins on farm.

Published in General News
Monday, 19 December 2016 07:10

A year many would rather forget

COMMENCING amidst brutally dry conditions in many regions, progressing through a farmgate price shock, generous servings of supply chain acrimony, and into a period of excessively wet conditions and thin-to-negative margins, 2016 is a year that many in the dairy industry will be keen to forget. 

Published in General News
Friday, 11 November 2016 20:43

Party poopers rain on my parade

WELL I don’t know about you, but I’ve finally reached it.  

That juncture in life at which it dawns upon you that the world has gone too far.  

Published in Machinery & Products
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:57

Conditions could tip us below 9 billion litres

THE Australian dairy industry entered the 2016/17 season with a huge number of variables on the move.  

Published in Agribusiness
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When butter and chocolate collide

TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.

Milking it - Ice cream for dogs

EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.