Bobby calf investigation continues

The Ministry for Primary Industries denies Alan Cleavew as being used as a scapegoat to show MPI was taking action ...

Minister denies claims petfood company is a scapegoat over animal abuse.

Long harvest, bumper yield

Grape harvesters make their way up the Wairau Valley.

Marlborough harvest beats last year by 100,000 tonnes.

Saudi to the rescue

Dougal, an awassi sheep, took a starring role in The Hobbit. The breed is being used to improve New Zealand's sheep ...

He might not be allowed to send live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East, but businessman Hamoud Ali Al-Khalaf hasn't turned his back on his host country.

Kiwifruit licences sought after

Promoting kiwifruit German-style. The SunGold variety has proved a global hit.

Kiwifruit growers have bid for licences to plant 400 ha of gold product.

Buyers swoop on prime beef

A top price of $40,000 was paid for a rising two year old hereford bull bred by Matariki Herefords, Clarence River, ...

A top price of $40,000 was paid for a young Marlborough hereford bull.

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opinion

New scheme for skilled farm workers

The Waikato Farm Capability Society focuses on career development and support for farm workers, Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: A new scheme will stop the common gripe about a lack of skilled farm workers.

Dairying needs a storyteller

Dairy farming needs to better tell its story.

Next generation of great farmers

Back to the drawing board Fonterra

Fieldays

Fieldays buzzing on day two

Some exhibitors' 2016 sales figures were up 30 or 50 per cent on 2015, Fieldays chief executive Peter Nation said.

Fieldays chief executive gives day two the thumbs up.

Aussie bachelors outshine

NZ rural bachelors drew the crows but were beaten by their Aussie rivals at tractor pulling.

Fairfax reporter Audrey Malone tries out some of the stuff on offer at Fieldays 2016 while also crashing it. But you ...

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

dairy

Landcorp Ruapehu is the 2016 Dairy Business of the Year

Dairy Business of the Year winners, Landcorp Ruapehu from Manawatu. L to R New Zealand Chartered Accountants (sponsor) ...

Landcorp's Ruapehu Farm has been named the supreme winner of the Dairy Business of the Year competition for 2016.

Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

The Waikato Farm Capability Society focuses on career development and support for farm workers, Chris Lewis says.

New scheme for skilled farm workers

OPINION: A new scheme will stop the common gripe about a lack of skilled farm workers.

advice

Know the worms in your garden

Blue-grey worms are the ones Kiwi gardeners are most likely to come across when digging

All those red, brown and grey wrigglers are a sure sign of a healthy patch.

Time to review employment agreements, says lawyer

Amendments to employment legislation do not necessarily mean farmers' costs have increased, says New Plymouth lawyer Phil McCarthy.

Setting a budget helps you manage your cashflow.

Cashflow is the lifeblood of a business

Understanding cashflow means farmers can manage their business well.

aquaculture

Biotoxin shuts oyster farms

Oyster

Mahurangi Harbour oyster farmers are in limbo as a biotoxin alert keeps farms closed.

Saving Sounds scallops

Sea floor "ploughed to pieces" by dredges, say recreational fishers who support a ban.

A public meeting in Blenheim this Thursday will give people a chance to find out about a plan to boost snapper catch in ...

Fishing changes discussed

A series of drop-in sessions will give people the chance to find out about plans to close the scallop fishery in Marlborough and Nelson.

beef

Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Sheep and beef farmers are getting older and need to lay out plans for farm succession or retirement.

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

Spring rain needed by southern farmers

A favourable spring to turn around dry conditions would make South Canterbury farmers happy.

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris Wall are co-ordinators for Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

Rural support in demand

 More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.

Sheep

Poor retirement plans hurt farmers

Sheep and beef farmers are getting older and need to lay out plans for farm succession or retirement.

Older farmers are failing to put enough thought into options for selling their farms or passing them on to the next generation.

Spring rain needed by southern farmers

A favourable spring to turn around dry conditions would make South Canterbury farmers happy.

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris Wall are co-ordinators for Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

Rural support in demand

 More people are contacting the rural support trust as the third year of low milk payouts takes a toll.

cropping

Kiwifruit licences sought after

Promoting kiwifruit German-style. The SunGold variety has proved a global hit.

Kiwifruit growers have bid for licences to plant 400 ha of gold product.

Future looking rosy for Zespri growers

Strong grower returns and excellent export market growth has Zespri boss Lain Jager confident about the future.

Dairy NZ senior scientist Dawn Dalley speaks at the SIDE conference in Invercargill.

Research into fodder beet unknowns

Dairy farmers taking to fodder beet as a feeding option for their cows want DairyNZ to fill in research holes about the crop.

agribusiness

Pruning for the win

Brenton O'Riley makes a cut in the pruning module

A viticulture technician is named top viticulturist in Marlborough and will go on to compete in a national competition.

Saudi to the rescue

He might not be allowed to send live sheep for slaughter to the Middle East, but businessman Hamoud Ali Al-Khalaf hasn't turned his back on his host country.

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Stock Photo - Bed and Breakfast Sign with No Vacancy

b and b, bed and breakfast, bed and breakfast ...

Tourist farmstays could be silver bullet, says Mayor

Matamata-Piako Mayor says farm-stays could be a win-win for farmers and tourists.

Discovery
Fonterra food research engineer Colin Brown at his Feilding home with Rocky the goat.

Food for thought

Food engineering is a positive side of the dairy industry right now.

rural women

Costly working farm dogs

Jock Wyllie of Kaihoka and his dog Will at dog trial finals in Tapanui.

OPINION: Dog trials bring a lot of enjoyment, but registering working dogs does give rise to frustration.

First aid on the farm

 OPINION: Living where we do first aid is vital, knowing that any further aid is more than an hour away.

Alliance Group director Dawn Sangster speaks at the Alliance Group Pure South conference in Queenstown.

Women part of quest for better co-op

Alliance Group director Dawn Sangster says women need to be a part of their farming businesses.

Video

NZ trade unaffected by Brexit

The Government is keeping exporters in the loop regarding any impact from Brexit.

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