There is a way through

depression bullying suicide

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery

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.

Killer disease not unique

Veterinary pathologist Dr Mark Collett

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Fodder beet

Rogue "bolters" in beet feed crops need to be plucked out by hand or they will lower yields and contaminate seed crops.

Cute and cuddly killers?


Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Time to plan beyond forced births


Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads are extremely unpredictable and can cause accidents that are sometimes fatal.

OPINION: Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

A dairy worker's cottage

OPINION: Louise Giltrap takes a look at a couple of pieces of legislation governing employees' housing and suggests an improvement.

Plantain guru casts light on system

H&T Agronomics seed specialist Duncan Thomas

About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.

IRD warning for dairying



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.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Raw Milk

Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Take worries away from clifftops

Don’t worry, be happy. You can chew away on your worries but don’t be tempted to bury them like bones.

OPINION: Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink.

AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off


Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Quad bike safety

That trusty quad should command respect from its users if it is to be operated safely.

Keep watch on running costs

Southland farm land

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.

Wage change eases pain

Nz dollar money coins

Taranaki Daily News

Government has changed the minimum wage rules to include a fortnightly minimum wage rate.

Beet caution urged

Seed Force South Island regional business manager Liam Donnelly, left, and Lincoln University ruminant nutrition expert Dr Jim Gibbs check out a crop of brigadier fodder beet grown by Tapanui sharemilker James Hartshorne.

Fodder beet can be a "win win" crop but it comes with a warning.

Use your head over helmets

Quad bike

OPINION: A farm worker fined $15,000 over riding a quad bike without a helmet faced a maximum fine of $250,000.

Black beetle plague warning

Black beetle

AgResearch scientists warn that another mild winter could result in a population explosion of black beetles on pastures.

Revamp may force change

Bobby calves

Law around animal welfare is going through some big changes, especially regarding how farmers are allowed to kill unwanted dairy calves.

Go before they go

Farmers are being encouraged to empty stock before loading them for transport.

Farmers need to ensure stock are empty before transporting them.

Farmers urged to seek help

Doug Avery

Mental illness among farmers is like grass staggers a top agricultural communicator claims.

Farmers urged to discuss suicide


Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.

Understanding feed crucial


An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.

Grazing contract talk vital

Grazing cows

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.

Zeroing in on weather information

Niwa, New Zealand, ocean, weather

Niwa's new weather and environmental forecasting service is aimed at farmers.

Gate swings both ways

Washing down after milking

OPINION: Sharemilking is a hybrid between self-employment and employment but that hasn't stopped some harsh treatments of sharemilkers.

Succession issues warning

Joel Salatin

Farmers warned they risk ageing alone unless they confront issues around farm succession.

Facial eczema warning

Sheep with facial eczema.

Veterinarians are warning farmers to begin preventative treatments for facial eczema after the recent spell of wet, humid weather.

Navigating barriers to learning


"I try to help," says Rongotea dairy farm manager Peter Wapp about his work as a PrimaryITO mentor.

Winning the battle against dyslexia


Through technical aids and mentoring help, PrimaryITO is assisting farm workers to fight back against dyslexia.

Check before lighting fires


People wanting to light fires in rural areas of Taranaki should ensure they check the wind conditions, says Taranaki's principal rural fire officer.

Software becoming essential

Overseer nutrient budgeting

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.

New quake law may affect farm buildings

Earthquake generic


OPINION: "Did you feel that little rumble," Freddy asked Pebbles after an earthquake woke him from his afternoon nap.

Update for key soil tool

Bala Tikkisetty carries out a visual soil analysis that will give him a better understanding of soil quality.

Good soil condition remains the key to successful sustainable farming and a visual soil assessment tool has been updated with important new indicators.

Diagnosing mycotoxicosis a challenge

Dr Lucy Waldron.

One of the biggest challenges when dealing with mycotoxicosis in farm animals is simply making a diagnosis.

Help at hand


JON MORGAN - Straight Furrow

Help is available for dairy workers and employers caught in on-farm problems around pay, conditions, health and safety.

Getting the right visas


Farmer Freddy is finishing hanging the last of the decorations on his tree when Pebbles turns up.

Time to call in the fert pros

Fertilisers are a costly but essential element of farming, soil scientist Doug Edmeades says.

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.

Warning over stubble burnoff

A farmer burns off stubble on a farm near Methven.

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.

Farming wages in spotlight

NZ money, cash

If you're in the habit of averaging pay out over a season, you're likely to be doing something unlawful.

Cash convenient but at a cost

Cash generic

Despite the temptation, Freddy needs to remind himself of the consequences of paying cash to casual workers.

Job net cast wide in schools

Mt Taranaki

Taranaki organisations are pitching to teachers and students the opportunities available for a career in agriculture.

Plenty of boxes to tick when subdividing

magnifying glass dollar

Farmer Freddy is sitting with Pebbles at the kitchen table, looking through the real estate section of the newspaper.

Striking before fly strike


Flystrike affects millions of sheep and kills hundreds of thousands annually.

'Averaging out' dangerous

Southland Times photo

OPINION: Farmers running the risk of court action from employees over unlawful seasonal "averaging" of salaries that breaches the Minimum Wage Act.

Fertiliser spreading slope danger

Groundspreaders are being told to take extra caution on slippery slopes this spring after a several fatalities.

Tricky ground conditions are testing truck drivers spreading fertiliser on farmland as they seek to avoid a repeat of last year's terrible toll.

Regrassing no silver bullet

Pasture on a farm.

Routine regrassing of older dairy paddocks on high-performing irrigated farms may not always be cost effective.

Rural road rules warning

Tractors on a highway.

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.

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