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Farmer Mohi Beckham is Embracing Traditional Māori Farming on the Modern Farm

Mohi Beckham is going back to his roots using the Maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar, to make positive changes to the way he farms.

June 23, 2022


Co-op clean sweep at National Dairy Awards 

2022 has been another impressive year for Fonterra farmers in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. All four of the main awards went to farmers supplying the Co-op or working on farms that do, with all four winners hailing from Canterbury.

May 16, 2022


Fonterra brings biodiversity to the forefront of farms

A new project supported by Fonterra’s Living Water Partnership with the Department of Conservation will help on-farm advisors grow their understanding of biodiversity, with a view to further building biodiversity objectives into Farm Environment Plans.

January 17, 2022


Celebrating nine years of the Living Water partnership

We’ve recently reached the milestone of nine years since we started working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Living Water partnership, which helps us identify and trial game-changing and scalable solutions that show dairying and freshwater can thrive together. While we’ve already made some incredible gains, there are more to come.

October 04, 2021


Surf and turf

When the going gets tough, getting active in nature is a proven method of improving mental health, which is how Surfing for Farmers was started, to give farmers an outlet away from the pressures of work.

September 09, 2021


Our Emergency Response Teams helping farmers hit by Canterbury floods

When Fonterra farmers were impacted by devastating floods that hit the Canterbury region in May, the Co-operative’s Emergency Response Team swung into action.

July 14, 2021


Recycling plastic to save it going into the environment

As a Co-op we’ve committed to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025 and that means we’re always searching for methods to reduce waste.

June 29, 2021


A milk tanker with a difference at Fieldays

Thousands of farmers and members of the public have been the first to experience a brand new addition to Fonterra’s milk tanker fleet at Fieldays in Waikato – an interactive showcase of what makes the Co-op Good Together.

June 19, 2021


The Co-operative spirit helps Temuka dairy farmer

When Temuka-based farmer Hamish Pearse suffered a devastating fire in his milking shed in February he witnessed first-hand the benefits of the co-operative spirit of his neighbours, friends and Fonterra.

June 08, 2021