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Garbage sheep meat prices need clean-up

Raincliff sheep farmer Ike Williams believes the meat companies should be choosing sheep and lamb based on taste rather ...

Sheep meat returns are "garbage'' and tasty lambs should come first, says Raincliff farmer Ike Williams.

Senior ploughman a champ

Bob Mehrtens (left) and his nephew Adam Mehrtens, who also takes the sport of ploughing seriously. Bob's arm rests on ...

Bob Mehrtens is well known around ploughing circles.

Reviewing employment processes helps businesses comply with the law

Recording employees' daily hours of works is mandatory.

Just last week we saw a farming couple down south being awarded a sizeable amount of money after their employer breached employment legislation.

Understanding of water quality

A centre pivot operates on the Culverden Plain. Ronlyn Duncan questioned 20 farmers in the area  on their concept of ...

Farmer understanding of the issues of water quality is at odds with the scientific models, an expert says.

Who's stopped the rain?

Soil moisture deficit has risen in many farming regions.

Farmers could be in for a difficult spring if rain doesn't arrive soon.

More farmers on accounting software

Brian Eccles developed Cashmanager software in the Wairarapa.

More farmers are using computer accounting packages.

Fifty years of hereford breeding

The McKerchars feel it is important to produce an even line of bulls; more so than trying to breed a one-off star.

A South Canterbury stud has reached the 50 year mark for hereford breeding.

Health and safety lays a solid foundation for quality workplaces

Mark Paine DairyNZ strategy and investment leader, people and business.

In April, the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) was introduced for all workplaces. Like all industries, dairy farmers face new responsibilities around keeping staff safe and reducing risk on-farm.

Rearing More Productive Heifers

Well-grown heifer calves will have higher lifetime production.

It has been demonstrated that better grown calves and heifers have higher first lactation and lifetime production than less well grown ones.  What is less certain is the extent to which the benefits of early rumen development remain through to and after calving, with heifers reared off farm.

Farmers take local approach

Lincoln University senior lecturer Jim Gibbs is a popular speaker on getting the best out of a crop of winter feed.

South Canterbury farmers take a grassroots approach to reduce their effect on the environment.

Medical cannabis issue needs debate, says lawyer

A protest message promotes the use of medical cannabis.Bridge Street.

It's time to debate the use of medical cannabis, says lawyer.

Fewer, older farmers

Farmers are getting older, but technology is helping them continue working in the sector longer.

Recent censuses show the trend for fewer and older farmers.

Lawyer opposes Fonterra's new payment terms

Fonterra's decision to change its payment conditions is still causing concern.

Recently, my colleague Sean Maskill argued the new payment terms Fonterra has imposed on about 1000 of its suppliers are lawful and makes good business sense for Fonterra.

Health and safety on the farm

A track at Joyce Wyllie's Kaihoka farm above the sea shows the hazards of terrain, and need for managing risk.

Joyce Wyllie' wades through the tangle of health and safety abbreviations.

Sons' plea to get rid of wires

Stafford and Casey Lithgow with samples of the chiller bags which are being used in the educational campaign on farm wires.

Pilots sometimes don't see high wires until it is too late but a pilot's sons are working to remove them.

A business plan gives farmers direction, accountant says

A business plan is like a map because it gives your business direction.

Since the publication of our book, Grow Your Numbers, we have met  a number of farmers, ranging from those new to the industry to those owning several farms.

Duntroon's high-end dairy farm

Matt Ross of Duntroon showcases his visually inspiring 54 bale rotary milking shed, built in 2013. This allows him to ...

In the rolling hills of Duntroon lies a high performing dairy operation.

Positive pasture growth in Southland

Southland cows have no complaints about the amount of good feed around this autumn.

Southland dairy farmers have received an extra boost with good autumn growth.

Adopt GM or fall behind

Professor Andrew Allan, from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, talks about genetic ...

Biotechnologists say New Zealand will have to embrace GM or fall behind

Farmer harnesses sunshine

For Jim (left) and Chris Dennison,  irrigation means viability, sustainability and security for their arable and dairy ...

Chris Dennison harvests the sun.

Ugly disease spore counts still high

Harmful facial eczema spores.  This season has been a bad year for the disease in the North Island.

High facial eczema spore counts are expected to lower as night temperatures drop.

Glenavy farmer awarded for services to irrigation

Robin Murphy's dedication to irrigation has gone beyond most farmers.

 Robin Murphy has worked hard to develop irrigation in Waimate.

The head winds of agriculture

The middle band of dairy farmers face an uphill battle but could keep a few pearls of wisdom up their sleeve.

Agriculture for the most part is an uphill battle.

Prepare for uncertainty, accountant tells farmers

Farmers are being advised not to default to what they've always done when the prepare their budgets.

While some analysts are forecasting a turnaround in global milk prices in the next six months, farmers preparing their next season's budgets shouldn't pin their hopes on anything meaningful.

Dairy farmers perform heroics

Farmers need to help each other to keep the dairy industry strong, Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis says.

OPINION: Farming organisations are like brothers and sisters.

Sharemilkers attention to detail wins award

Rangitata sharemilkers Joe and Suz Wyborn put their success in the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards down to ...

Rangitata sharemilkers Joe and Suz Wyborn have won the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Controlling their destiny at Haldon Station

In the next two years irrigation will allow these degraded flats, which have never been grazed, to become productive pasture.

A fine touch is needed for Haldon Station in the harsh environment of Mackenzie Basin.

Source of velveltleaf pest a mystery

Horizons environmental management officer Jack Keast with a velvetleaf plant found in a fodder crop.

The nasty plant pest velvetleaf will be hard to remove, says weed specialist.

Managing Cows During the Dry Period

Dr Julian Waters

Last month's article focused on feeding cows to achieve calving body condition targets prior to drying off. This month's article covers feeding and management during the dry period prior to the transition to calving.

A good herd will help farmers

Dairy Women's Network chief executive Zelda de Villiers

Times are tough on the farm and farmers need every tool in the kit to cut costs and get through.

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