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.

Banking on good communication

DairyNZ  regional leader Wade Bell says maintaining good communication with the bank is vital during tight times.

Now, more than ever, is a good time for farmers to work closely with their bank manager. If milk prices rise, the bank is in a good spot to give advice to help recover faster off the back of two years affected by low milk price. 

Preventing lameness

Lameness in cows is an issue many farmers face.  Hoof care instructor and trimmer Fred Hoekstra shows farmers how to ...

Lameness in cows is in the top three animal health issues every farmer has to deal with.

Dealing to mastitis

Dairy Women's Network Southern Hub leader Katrina Thomas says good animal health is crucial in dairying.

Mastitis costs the New Zealand dairy industry millions of dollars each year in lost production and treatment.

Use or lose spring pasture

Dairy farmers get better milk yields if their cows graze paddocks to set levels.

Farmers have a lot at stake when the manage their dairy cows on spring pasture.

More rules threaten land values

Phil Journeaux's report attempts to outline the impact controls on nutrients, bacteria and sediment losses could have on ...

Environmental rules have farmers concerned about land prices possibly falling.

Chinese invest in Canty formula plant

Westland Milk Products' Rolleston site. Land from the site will be transferred to Pure Nutrition for a new blending and ...

The West Coast's dairy co-op has partnered with Chinese investors to build an infant formula plant.

Grasslands get-together for farmers

The key motto of the association is that science is no good until it is applied on the farm

There will be everything from horticulture to high country merino at the 78th New Zealand Grassland Association (NZGA) annual conference in Timaru in early November.

Switching to organic farming methods requires commitment

Organic fruit and vegetables are appealing more and more to New Zealand consumers.

Converting to organic practices requires a considerable commitment from farmers.

Shares offered for prebiotic

Knewe Biosystems Ltd are using crowdfunding to raise the funds to upscale a new prebiotic product for dairy cows.

Crowdfunding is being used to raise cash for a cow prebiotic product.

Wealth of information on financial statements

Use financial statements to add value to your farming business.

Farmers should be interested in the financial statements and tax returns coming in from their accountants for the 2015/16 season.

What's the best winter crop?

Think ahead to next winter's crops.

Think ahead for next winter's crops.

Costly waterway breaches

Preston Russell Law partner Sarah McKenzie.

Bypassing RMA conditions for waterways can be hard on the pocket as some farmers have found out.

Understanding loans leads to wise decision-making

The cost of interest on loans is likely to be the largest monthly bill farmers have to meet.

Understanding your finances will help you make your money work for you.

Preventing farmer suicide video

Offering to help on the farm, or go out for lunch, can be a good way to start.

A farmers' group is concerned about the risk of suicide for farmers and wants to reach out.

Organics vs clean-green mainstream

Ike Williams believes we should be doing more to market our clean and green image.

Ike Williams spells out the difference between the value of marketing organics and mainstream food.

Kiwis farming wagyu beef

A purebred wagyu steer bred by David Marshall of Leeston. Marshall has since isolated the polled gene and is breeding a ...

 Kiwi farmers have put their own touch on wagyu cattle to avoid the indulgent, beer-swilling stereotype.

Plantation manuka - gold rush or real?

A bee investigates a manuka blossom.

A warning as well as 'measured encouragement' to manuka planters

Spring time is fertiliser time

A helicopter applies fertiliser on a Taranaki dairy farm.

Spring is the ideal time to apply fertiliser, says Farmwise consultant Alicia Riley.

Farmers face environmental rules

Beef + Lamb New Zealand southern South Island director Andrew Morrison.

Andrew Morrison reflects on the past four years and the future of sheep and beef farming in Southland.

Naming and shaming possibly a step too far

Regional councils have a range of powers to ensure farmers comply with water consumption rules.

Publishing names of farmers who breach ECan water rules could breach the law, Taranaki lawyer suggests.

Funds to fight pest please beekeepers

050213. Feature. Photo:Emma Allen/Marlborough Express. Photo essay feature. Beekeeper Renee de Luca, co-owner of Putake ...

Scientists at Scion Research have been successful in winning a sustainable farming fund to evaluate the giant willow aphid. 

U-turn on water compliance claim

Forest & Bird have challenged the veracity of ECan's water user compliance process.

ECan backtracks on claim all farmers now complying with water usage rules, admitting "a couple" might go to court.

Search for the big picture

Agribusiness director Pita Alexander warns farmers against becoming too inward looking.

Agribusiness director Pita Alexander warns farmers about becoming too inwardly focused.

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