Farming with the dreaded eczema

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has advice for farmers on how to reduce the impact of facial eczema.

Maximising your profit

Systems like Xero, Cash Manager Rural, Banklink and MYOB Accounts Live allow farmers to quickly assess their profit position.

Increasing milk production does not necessarily generate more profit.

Post-quake lots of work on farm

Lynda Murchison of Federated Farmers says farmers have to keep on doing regular farming tasks, on top of the earthquake ...

Quakes come and go but crops have to be harvested and winter planting done.

Dark side of farming

Rangitikei farm owner Stuart Taylor: the "dark side" of farming has an unfortunate enduring legacy.

Working the land is no longer in its pioneering phase when people took risks and endured pain, dairy farmer says.

The right ram for the right farm

Cave stud breeder Chris Hampton with his charollais (light face) and charollais suffolk rams. The charollais have a well ...

 Get the selection of the right ram for your farm wrong and it can be costly.

Quake farmers' triple whammy

Some farm damage was extreme following the quake. Areas will have to be fenced off, planted up and retired.

In the middle of a serious drought and with poor prices around, things were already shaky enough.

Five keys to soil health

Gabe Brown's cash crops now yield 25 per cent above his county average without any inputs, except very occasional herbicide.

Are cover crops the way to cut risk and costs for farm production? One of the world's most influential farmers shares his message.

Top-up for aquifers and farmer morale

Federated Farmers provincial chairman Mark Adams says the optimal spring will allow farmers to begin to build resilience.

A fantastic spring for South Canterbury farmers is setting them up well for the summer.

Shearers and woolhandlers named for champs

Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford won his place in the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships team to compete ...

After a long wait the NZ shearing and woolhandling team has been announced.

Keeping safe on farms

Employers' responsibilities for health and safety are well-defined in new legislation.

New legislation simplifies the requirements for on-farm health and safety.

How to help after the quake video

Crooked power lines on Mt Fyffe Road, Kaikoura.


If you're feeling helpless after the earthquake earlier this week, here are some things you can do.

Wet spring challenges pasture management skills

Challenging conditions mean milk production is down on many Taranaaki farms.

Achieving consistent residuals in paddocks in the last couple of grazing rounds has been difficult for Taranaki dairy farmers.

Management skills key to high performance

Funding is available through Venture Tanaki for business training

The achievements of the top 20 per cent of farmers show the huge potential for the rest to increase on-farm performance.

Nightmare laws for farmer landlords

Preston Russell Law partner Sarah McKenzie

Always check tenancy references before allowing workers to rent farm properties.

Small-eye lambs from genetic disease

Microphthalmia is found mainly in the texel breed and texel-cross.

 A sheep disease passes on blindness and small eyes to lambs.

Bamboozled by ram selling pitch

Ike Williams believes ram buyers should be focusing on the fundamentals.

Ike Williams says farmers need to be wary of being suckered or bamboozled by ram buying.

Dry summer for South Canty farmers

South Canterbury and the eastern Mackenzie Country could be looking at another dry summer.

Another dry spell could lay head for some South Canterbury farmers.

Healthier animals from future grasses

Conference attendees listen to AgResearch scientist Tony Conner speak on grasses of the future.

Future livestock will be healthier and emit less methane gas as a result of modern grasses.

Monitor expenditure for better balance sheet

The monitoring of actual expenditure to budget can help achieve a better balance sheet.

Planning is key to managing cashflow and profit.

Start early to get Kiwis into farming

Getting children to understand where their food comes from is important if New Zealand wants to grow its future ...

Getting children interested in agriculture is important if we want our future agriculture workforce to come from within New Zealand.

Good riddance to El Nino

B+LNZ director Bill Wright urges farmers to work towards a farm environment plan.

Farmers bid farewell to a challenging El Nino weather system.

Slowing run-off key to nutrient loss

Opus environmental consultant Roger MacGibbon, second right, talks to farmers at a Beef + Lamb NZ wetlands workshop on ...

Farmers hear a range of strategies to deal with nutrient run-off at a field day at Tapanui.

Farmers driving to their deaths

While the emphasis has been on quad bike accidents in recent years, tractors and other vehicles are equally implicated ...

Farming continues to be NZ's most dangerous occupation, over three times more hazardous than construction.

New Food Act is tough on small businesses

Stall holders who sell fruit drinks, jams or pickles, or baked food, such as cakes and biscuits, must comply with the ...

On March 1 2016, the new Food Act 2014 came into force. 

Advice to improve herd mating performance

One bull is needed for every 30 non-pregnant cows in a dairy herd.

Farmers should ensure they have at least one bull for every 30 non-pregnant cows.

Young farmer's depression battle

Methven Young Farmer Sam Robinson has spoken out about his battle with depression, to bring the subject out into the open.

Methven farmer opens up about depression battle to address rural NZ's mental illness stigma.

The pitfalls of farm succession video

Chartered accountant Kerry Adams discusses the issues involved in succession for farm owners.

Chartered accountant Kerry Adams discusses the issues involved in succession for farm owners.

Poor farm leases lead to disputes

Farm leases often come with complications.

Farm leasing can be difficult, writes Graham Butcher.

Follow the rules for drones

Drones can be useful in farming, but breaking the rules comes with costs.

Drones can be useful in farming, but breaking the rules comes with costs.

Choosing a banking partner

A good bank manager is your lifeline to the bank.

Choosing a bank is one of the most important decisions a business owner has to make.

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