Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.
OPINION: Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.
Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.
Rogue "bolters" in beet feed crops need to be plucked out by hand or they will lower yields and contaminate seed crops.
Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.
Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.
OPINION: Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.
OPINION: Louise Giltrap takes a look at a couple of pieces of legislation governing employees' housing and suggests an improvement.
About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.
Dairy farmers need to take action now to avoid high Inland Revenue interest being charged on tax owed for the season, warns a tax expert.
Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.
OPINION: Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.
AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.
Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.
That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.
Farmers owe it to themselves to be level-headed about their debt and tuck away some of their earnings each year for a rainy or dry day.
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Government has changed the minimum wage rules to include a fortnightly minimum wage rate.
Fodder beet can be a "win win" crop but it comes with a warning.
OPINION: A farm worker fined $15,000 over riding a quad bike without a helmet faced a maximum fine of $250,000.
AgResearch scientists warn that another mild winter could result in a population explosion of black beetles on pastures.
Law around animal welfare is going through some big changes, especially regarding how farmers are allowed to kill unwanted dairy calves.
Farmers need to ensure stock are empty before transporting them.
Mental illness among farmers is like grass staggers a top agricultural communicator claims.
Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.
An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.
Waikato farmers grazing heifers for dairy farmers urged to keep clients informed of the condition of their stock in the wake of the current drought conditions.
Niwa's new weather and environmental forecasting service is aimed at farmers.
OPINION: Sharemilking is a hybrid between self-employment and employment but that hasn't stopped some harsh treatments of sharemilkers.
Farmers warned they risk ageing alone unless they confront issues around farm succession.
Veterinarians are warning farmers to begin preventative treatments for facial eczema after the recent spell of wet, humid weather.
"I try to help," says Rongotea dairy farm manager Peter Wapp about his work as a PrimaryITO mentor.
Through technical aids and mentoring help, PrimaryITO is assisting farm workers to fight back against dyslexia.
People wanting to light fires in rural areas of Taranaki should ensure they check the wind conditions, says Taranaki's principal rural fire officer.
Complexities of a nutrient budgeting tool are being broken down for farmers as the computer program becomes an integral part of land and water regulation.
OPINION: "Did you feel that little rumble," Freddy asked Pebbles after an earthquake woke him from his afternoon nap.
Good soil condition remains the key to successful sustainable farming and a visual soil assessment tool has been updated with important new indicators.
One of the biggest challenges when dealing with mycotoxicosis in farm animals is simply making a diagnosis.
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Help is available for dairy workers and employers caught in on-farm problems around pay, conditions, health and safety.
Farmer Freddy is finishing hanging the last of the decorations on his tree when Pebbles turns up.
The average dairy farmer spends $80,000 year, the sheep and beef farmer about $60,000, on fertiliser - a total of $1.5 billion a year.
Fire authorities want farmers to think of their neighbours before they set the first match to 20,000 hectares of crop stubble in Mid-Canterbury next year.
If you're in the habit of averaging pay out over a season, you're likely to be doing something unlawful.
Despite the temptation, Freddy needs to remind himself of the consequences of paying cash to casual workers.
Taranaki organisations are pitching to teachers and students the opportunities available for a career in agriculture.
Farmer Freddy is sitting with Pebbles at the kitchen table, looking through the real estate section of the newspaper.
Flystrike affects millions of sheep and kills hundreds of thousands annually.
OPINION: Farmers running the risk of court action from employees over unlawful seasonal "averaging" of salaries that breaches the Minimum Wage Act.
Tricky ground conditions are testing truck drivers spreading fertiliser on farmland as they seek to avoid a repeat of last year's terrible toll.
Routine regrassing of older dairy paddocks on high-performing irrigated farms may not always be cost effective.
Rural contractors urged to keep up to date with regulation changes governing work hours and use of public highways to avoid falling foul of the law.