Rural firms in ComCom's sights

The Commerce Commission said it was in talks with a third company, Rural Livestock.

10:07 AM  Price fixing by PGG Wrightson and Elders NZ is alleged by the competition watchdog.

Fonterra fined $192k over stink

The big stench caused after Fonterra dumped three million litres of buttermilk into the Eltham Waste Water Treatment has reached its conclusion in court.

11:29 AM  Fonterra has been fined $192,000 for getting up the noses of Eltham residents.

Rough week ahead for dairying

The cows are still being milked but it's a tough time out there for dairy farmers.

Double whammy for dairy expected with a GDT auction and Fonterra's milk price outlook due.

Bee colony collapse fears

A honey bee collecting pollen.

Unexplained bee losses raise fears of colony collapse disorder in New Zealand.

Water on the move

Filling the 17km head race canal for the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme from Rakaia River  in Canterbury has begun.

Water now flowing through the canals and pipelines of a giant $172m Canterbury irrigation scheme.

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opinion

Lessons from farming couples

A good farm dog is invaluable

OPINION: Over many years farming couples have taught me a lot, but not all of it was bankable.

Managing the euro risk

OPINION: As a business owner with a few clients and some suppliers in Europe, I am feeling nervous about the Eurozone crisis and the uncertainty that it's stirring.

Collaboration behind success

Better business in downcycles

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Fonterra fined $192k over stink

The big stench caused after Fonterra dumped three million litres of buttermilk into the Eltham Waste Water Treatment has reached its conclusion in court.

11:29 AM  Fonterra has been fined $192,000 for getting up the noses of Eltham residents.

TPP tips over video

In welcome news for Kiwi dairy farmers, Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii have failed.

The cows are still being milked but it's a tough time out there for dairy farmers.

Rough week ahead for dairying

Dairying heading into a bleak week with a GlobalDairyTrade auction and Fonterra expected to deliver a double whammy blow to the season's milk price outlook.

advice

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

You can only control employment

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Young Future Beef gun just a natural

Nine-year-old Nicolas Verry wants to be a stock agent when he grows up.

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Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers

News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

Sheep

Top dogs fetch $5700

A dog waits its turn in the sale ring at the Gore Dog Sale.

A shortage of good working dogs pushed prices up at the Gore dog sale recently.

Woolly thinking could win $80k

She grew up on a Wairarapa sheep farm, now she's rebooting fashionable shoes.

All Black great Sir John Kirwan gives comforting words to farmers struggling with drought.

Next to no rain prolongs drought

Canterbury farmers are soldiering on in the hope that a warm and wet spring might finally deliver them some relief from a long drought.

cropping

Costly weed resistance warning

Foundation for Arable Research's research dirctor Nick Poole, left, with Mid-Canterbury arable farmer Eric Watson. Poole says New Zealand growers have 15 years up their sleeves to deal with weed resistance to agrichemicals.

NZ's arable farmers warned to be careful in avoiding a resistance to agrichemicals.

Hemp seed food standard closer

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months.

Award winning Waikato maize grower Alan Henderson with his silverware.

Long term approach yields results

Alan Henderson looks at the long term picture when it comes to achieving higher crop yields on his Pirongia farm.

agribusiness

Rural firms in ComCom's sights

The Commerce Commission said it was in talks with a third company, Rural Livestock.

10:07 AM  Price fixing by PGG Wrightson and Elders NZ is alleged by the competition watchdog.

Water on the move in giant project

Water now flowing through the canals and pipelines of the giant Central Plains Water irrigation scheme in Canterbury.

A honey bee collecting pollen.

Deaths raise colony collapse fears

Unexplained bee losses raise fears of colony collapse disorder in New Zealand.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Cattle whisperer leaves legacy

Dr Cheryl McMeekan, pictured with Ditau, one of her five dogs, died on June 8 on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

Cheryl McMeekan had a gift with animals. She cared for every one she found and her beneficence is living on, despite her death.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Wendy Avery.

The strong woman behind the man

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Video

TPP tips over

In welcome news for Kiwi dairy farmers, Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii have failed.

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