Dairy farm sales dry up

Only 52 dairy farms have been sold so far this year, compared to 97 during the same period last year.

Only 52 dairy farms have been sold so far this year, compared to 97 during the same period last year.

Protecting fund bargains hard 

Wairarapa farmers Bruce and Sue McKenzie and their protected forest Pati Tapu.

Over the last 25 years, the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) has protected 341,881 hectares of conservation land, or 1.3 per cent of New Zealand's land area.

Farmers give Budget thumbs up

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston.

 Federated Farmers say science and innovation funding positive for future.

New app to help farm safety

Safely co-founder Duncan Faulkner and Crowe Horwath managing principal Neil McAra at the Safely app launch on Thursday.

Crowe Horwath has launched a health and safety app for farms and agricultural businesses

Farmers snap up director tips

Institute of Directors chief executive Simon Arcus.

Institute of Directors' new rural governance course proves popular.

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opinion

The weed battle is being lost on farms

It is critical farmers check for the presence of invasive weeds such as velvetleaf in fodder beet and maize crops.

OPINION: Waikato is a weed zone from unwitting settlers, bird spread and contaminated imported crop seed.

Tax implications of dairy livestock value fall

OPINION: Farmers might have some difficult tax calls to make from lower cow values.

Agriculture's productivity rises

Everything's going to be all right

Fieldays

Collaboration key to success

Crowds flocked to the Fieldays last year.

 Fieldays' theme celebrates New Zealand's culture of working together in the rural sector.

NZ innovation on world stage

Fieldays' Innovation Centre accommodates over 60 exhibitors.

Veteran fencer Nick Liefting will attend Fieldays for the first time as a judge rather than a competitor.

Change of pace for fencer

Golden Pliers veteran Nick Liefting admits to feeling a void as Fieldays approaches and his usual preparation is no longer required. 

dairy

Dairy farmers to lose thousands

Waimate mayor Craig Rowley says the construction of Fonterra's Studholme plant is a sign of hope.

Some dairy farmers will face deficits of up to $500,000 over two years.

Dairy farm sales dry up

Only 52 dairy farms have been sold so far this year, compared to 97 during the same period last year.

The 2015-16 dairy season has been extremely challenging, demonstration manager Doug Dibley says.

Financial survival demo farm's priority

Attention very quickly has shifted from the season that was to the season that is with the cups having been officially hung up for the 2015/16 season and June 1 on our doorstep.

advice

Breeder stunned by South American cattle

Eoin McKerchar was impressed with the structurally correct, heavy boned  and well fleshed out herefords he found in ...

Herefords from Uruguay and Argentina should not be under-estimated, says South Canterbury cattle breeder Eoin McKerchar.

Buying a bull that suits you

There's more to buying a good bull than meets the eye.

With the coldest and wettest months of the year approaching, it's important to be particularly cautious over the risks ...

Reduce nitrogen losses over winter

Too much nitrogen in farming systems can have serious environmental consequences.

aquaculture

Aquaculture rules delay

Planning rules around aquaculture in the Marlborough Sounds have been shelved until next year.

Ten years worth of work on Marlborough Sounds marine farming is put on hold by council due to fears of legal action.

Iwi make joint submission

Marlborough iwi say fishing park will encroach on customary and commercial fishing rights.

MPI director general Martyn Dunne says the findings of an independent review will be made public.

MPI to be investigated

MPI to review how it handled illegal discarding of fish.

beef

Stock buyer to retire after 45 years

Kerry Lewis is a prime stock buyer for Silver Fern Farms who is retiring after 45 years.

Silver Fern Farms stock buyer Kerry Lewis is close to retiring after 45 years on the job.

Delayed TB operation in Kaweka Range

Delay in OSPRI's programme in the central North Island.

Eoin McKerchar was impressed with the structurally correct, heavy boned  and well fleshed out herefords he found in ...

Breeder stunned by South American cattle

Herefords from Uruguay and Argentina should not be under-estimated, says South Canterbury cattle breeder Eoin McKerchar.

Sheep

NZ lamb faces offshore competition

The Lamb Company (North America) president Tony Ruffo speaks at the Alliance Group Pure South conference in Queenstown ...

Potential constraints on the future supply of New Zealand lamb are a concern for an American company.

Delayed TB operation in Kaweka Range

Delay in OSPRI's programme in the central North Island.

Kerry Lewis is a prime stock buyer for Silver Fern Farms who is retiring after 45 years.

Stock buyer to retire after 45 years

Silver Fern Farms stock buyer Kerry Lewis is close to retiring after 45 years on the job.

cropping

Liquid gold from Taranaki

Honey bees hard at work

Black gold and white gold may have slowed in Taranaki, but liquid gold is flowing in the hinterland.

Young fruit growers vie for title

Five fruit growers are vying for the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower crown.

The SunGold variety is driving Zespri's profits.

Zespri grows sales, profit

Zespri's profits are set to rise as licence revenue for the SunGold variety comes on stream.

agribusiness

Silver Ferns Farms OK needed end of June

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton: unhappy shareholders have had eight months to register their displeasure.

The Silver Fern Farms deal with Shanghai Maling has to be given the all clear by the OIO by the end of June.

Financial survival demo farm's priority

Attention very quickly has shifted from the season that was to the season that is with the cups having been officially hung up for the 2015/16 season and June 1 on our doorstep.

The Lamb Company (North America) president Tony Ruffo speaks at the Alliance Group Pure South conference in Queenstown ...

NZ lamb faces offshore competition

Potential constraints on the future supply of New Zealand lamb are a concern for an American company.

Discovery

Stormy waters of sheep farming

Edward Dinger says sheep farming with a strong science input has been a fascinating journey.

A pioneer of breeding facial eczema tolerance in coopworths is selling his last ram.

Milk powder 'sweet spot' found

A Fonterra research team has gone to great lengths to find the best way to make perfect milk powder.

Clandeboye plant staff enjoy a pizza made with fresh mozzarella. From left,  Zarea Laing, Quentin Cavanagh, Veronica ...

Dairy PGP gets a tick 

International review says dairy PGP on right track.

rural women

Dairy women learn more about herd data

Dairy Women's Network workshop coordinator, Lisa Hicks at Totally Vets in Feilding where the workshop, 'Understanding ...

Women are getting a better grasp of using herd data for their dairy farm.

Shearing no dying tradition video

The autumn shear has been happening for 165 years at Marlborough's Coatbridge Station.

A call for help changed this writer's attitude towards freedom campers.

Campers challenge stereotypes stuff nation

OPINION: An experience with two "freedom campers'' has forced me to rethink my perceptions.

Video

'Fat people' to blame for tax: Peters

NZ First leader blasts "fat people sitting in their ivory towers" for tobacco tax hike as he calls for a fat-free nation.

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