Farmer helpline needed

Last year Sir John Kirwan spoke to Manawatu farmers about coping with stress and depression.

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

The demise of sheep farms in South Canterbury reflects both national, and world wide trends.

There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

Buying the neighbour's farm?

Do your numbers before leaping into buying the next door farm, advises Pita Alexander.

Many farming couples aspire to buy the next-door block, but the numbers may not stack up.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

Riparian planting protects a stream on a Taranaki farm from nutrient run-off.

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

Down on the farm

Parched paddocks near Waikari, North Canterbury. Dry conditions are one of the chief concerns for farmers.

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Boutique breeders prize lesser-known cattle breeds

Mike and Anne McSweeney's red poll cattle are a great breed for grass-only farms because of their excellent foraging.

Speckle park, white galloway, blonde d'aquitaine and red poll sound like ice-cream flavours but they are cattle breeds.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Tax tips for 2016

Farmers can receive refunds on excise duty included in the cost of petrol used in machinery.

Strategies for the end of a tough year.

Dairy price plummet dampens zest

Penny Tennent and Cameron Alexander: committed to seeing out their three-year contract.

Dairy farmers are knuckling down to ride out the downturn.

Creating animals with the ability to fight disease

Are we prepared to compromise an animal's health to achieve production targets, asks Gordon Levet.

Gordon Levet discusses the importance of developing an animal’s immunity to disease through breeding.

Be the best advertisment for yourself

Hayden Kerr's Facebook profile photo is a good representation of him, he says.

Hayden and Megan Kerr advise farmers on how to use Facebook to their advantage when applying for jobs.

The proof is in the pasture pudding

An all- grass system with low inputs will result in the cow's protein at certain times of the year being incredibly high.

The other side of New Zealand's low-fibre, all-grass dairy farming system.

Champagne of apples in South Canterbury

Guy Wigley, Mike Porter, Colin Hurst

A cult apple in the US with its roots in France is a South Canterbury sleeper.

Company creates flexible farm ownership structure

An ownership structure that combines a company with one or more trusts can provide the same advantages as a trust.

Welcome back to our new-look 2106 Legal Ruminations. This year, our team will present opposing viewpoints on topics of interest. Our first topic is farm ownership. 

Trip south brings enlightenment

The sun sets on another hot Otago summer's day.

Megan and Hayden Kerr write how a reconnaisance trip to the South Island has taught them the importance of knowing their 'intrinsic drivers'.

Farm plan training for farmers

Workshops are being held next month in Kaikoura to help farmers put together their farm environment plan, a new requirement for many. Part of the training will include a farm visit to Mark Hislop's Rockwood Farm, where a farm environment plan has just been completed.

Workshops are being held around Kaikoura to assist farmers with their farm environment plans.

El Nino may cause rise in facial eczema

Dr Julian Waters

Russell lupin, a saviour or nasty weed?

Showing the nitrogen fixing nodules in a russell lupin.

The russell lupin is admired by tourists, despised by environmentalists and increasingly sought after by Mackenzie Basin runholders.

Rolleston's seven big farming issues ahead

William Rolleston: Many farmers weathered difficult conditions last year and most of them see no relief coming this year.

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston outlines the main concerns for farmers this year.

Time to think about facial eczema

New Plymouth vet Ross Gadsby says it's time for farmers to start zinc treatment to prevent facial eczema in their animals.

This week's rain in North Taranaki has created potentially ideal conditions for facial eczema.

Many options for farm ownership

Farm ownership can take many forms.

Welcome to our new look Legal Ruminations for 2016.

Hill survival paramount for stud breeder

Meadowslea cows and calves thrive on native tussock country.

David Giddings' romney sheep and angus cattle have to cut the mustard on hill country.

South Canterbury farm sales remain static

According to the website there were only nine farms for sale in South Canterbury.

Farm sales in South Canterbury have remained static, despite higher numbers of dairy farms than usual on the market in Northland and Southland.

Farmers just ahead of the water game

Sheep stud breeder Ike Williams of Pleasant Point says the water table on his farm has disappeared and he is relying on the odd shower of rain.

More rain is needed for South Canterbury farmers.

Stratford accountants explain numbers to farmers in new book

Andrew Darke, left and John Dazley, the principals of Stratford accountancy firm CMK, have written Grow your numbers, a finance guide for farmers.

631825176 Andrew Darke, left, and John Dazley, the principals of Stratford accountancy firm CMK, have written a finance guide for farmers called Grow your numbers. PHOTO: SUE O'DOWD/FAIRFAX NZ

The villain lying in wait in our pastures

Research has found zearalenone intoxification is a major cause of reducing lambing percentages in the North Island

More is being learnt about that nasty fungal toxin in our pastures, zearalenone.

Gregan and Wright stand for B+LNZ board

Bill Wright of Cannington is standing for election to the Central South Island directorship of Beef and Lamb New Zealand.

Bill Wright of Cannington, and John Gregan of Bluecliffs are standing for seats on the B+LNZ board.

Farmers appreciate new monitoring method

The travelling irrigator which reuses water from the farm's effluent pond on Kim and Keith Riley's  Woodville  farm.

Farmers prefer new monitoring method

South Canterbury misses out on Alliance board

South Canterbury farmer Mark Adams says he enjoyed the campaigning process, despite narrowly missing out on a position on the Alliance Group board of directors.

 Missing out on an Alliance seat is not the end of the world for South Canterbury farmer Mark Adams.

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