Swedes risk advice 'correct'

Analysis confirms advice to not feed maturing swede crops to cows.

Analysis confirms advice that feeding maturing swede crops increases risk of ill-health in cows, DairyNZ says.

Country woman lost to depression

Matt Shirtcliffe is speaking out about farmer depression after his wife, Mary, died three months ago.

"It's a little bit like a cancer. Sometimes you can beat it, but sometimes it can beat you."

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

Act of kindness appreciated

Glorit milking contractor Troy Berry appreciated an early morning visit by a well wisher with baking

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

Wet conditions slows grass growth

Farms are suffering from wet weather - which means grass has been slow to grow.

Wet conditions on farms have stifled growth on dairy and sheep and beef farms.

Kirwan to deliver words of wisdom for farmers

"Depression is when complete joy goes out of your life."

Worldwide ag talk call

Federated Farmers national president William Rolleston is calling for a worldwide conversation on agriculture.

William Rolleston cites a family passion for science and conservation as the basis for his careers as a doctor, a biotechnologist and a farmer.

Blown bulb saves farmer's life video

20082015 News Photo Andy Jackson/Fairfax NZ.  Taranaki farmer AJ Clothier shares his story about his nervous breakdown and almost taking his own life.

The farmer stood naked in his shed and put his lips over a shotgun. Then the light blew.

Understanding the logic of grazing saved the farm

Malcolm and Twix White

Training to become observant, to understand better what to monitor and to use ecological logic to remedy problems saved a Hawke's Bay farm, writes John King.

Marlborough farmers attend well being workshop

Farmer well being will be discussed in Marlborough this week.

The mental and physical well being of farmers will come under the spotlight at a two-day training workshop in Blenheim.

Dairy farming governance still weak

Independent directors can remove some of the boardroom headaches for farmers and "rattle the cage''.

There is no better time to sharpen the governance of the farm businesses than during this run of low milk prices.

Go ahead, talk about suicide. It won’t hurt

When things aren't going well, you feel more isolated and often withdraw from your community and friends, at a time that you really need them the most.

Don’t be afraid to ask a friend about their mental health, urges Rachael Mitchell.

Time to help each other out

Donna Greenlees

Dairy farmers are being advised to rally round and support each other because the tough times they're facing are likely to worsen.

Preparing for farmers' distress

Dame Margaret Millard and Chris wall from the Manawatu/Rangitikei Rural Family Support Trust.

Rural Family Support Trust in Manawatu expects many more calls after lower dairy payout.

Guarding Taranaki's pride and joy

Riparian planting on the Rahotu farm of  Rob and Gwen Willcox and daughter Tina Worthington was recognised by a Taranaki Regional Council environmental award.

Taranaki guardians continue to watch environment even though dairy cow numbers and fertiliser use remains steady in the region.

Receiver rumour nonsense says Federated Farmers


News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton put a receiver on call over financially-strapped farmers is "nonsense".

You can only control employment

Make sure you have a plan heading into the calving and lambing seasons.

OPINION: Most of you reading this now will be getting ready for calving and lambing in the next month

A hedge with an edge

Giant miscanthus grass growing on trial at a Kirwee dairy farm could be the future for shelter belts in Canterbury. Lincoln University researchers Steve Wratten (left) and Chris Littlejohn at one of the miscanthus trial plots. Pic supplied

A giant sterile hybrid grass that grows to 4m could be the answer to a lot of shelter problems on farms.

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Zero tolerance against drugs

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

Being prepared provides protection

Quad bike

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

MORE CULLED: Beef+Lamb numbers reveal that 10 per cent bobby calves were culled this year compared to last year.

OPINION: Before the start of calving, there are many considerations to ensure things go smoothly.

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

Seasonal safety in sights

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Invasive weed spreads

AgResearch scientist Trevor James with a sample of yellow bristle grass.

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

"Gypsy Day" is approaching for many New Zealand's dairy farmers.

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

Farmer outlines the path up

Sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on his Marlborough farm.

Working harder isn't always working smarter.

Caution still needed in fodder beet feeding

Fodder beet.

Stock will continue to die if they are not properly transitioned on to fodder beet, an animal health expert has warned.

Dealing with heat stress in horses

Heat stress leads to dehydration in horses.

Nutrition is an important factor in how horses cope with heat.

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