Funds to fight pest please beekeepers

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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.

Farmers tax pooling system

Chris Cunliffe, CEO of Tax Management NZ.

Provisional tax payments can weigh upon farmers but help is at hand.

Late spring for farmers video

Sow sweet pea seeds direct in April for beautiful fragrance and colour in late spring

The winter has been warm, but it's not over yet - the coldest weather normally hits in the next few weeks.

Grass-fed wagyu beef a profitable option for Canterbury farmers

Firstlight supply chain manager Peter Keeling with wagyu calves. Keeling is keen to talk to Canterbury dairy farmers ...


Spring festival promises day out for Cheviot farmers

Spring daffodils in the Cheviot Domain will be a major attraction for the Cheviot Spring Festival on September 10.

The Cheviot Spring Festival promises a day off the farm for farmers under pressure from the drought, and a chance to celebrate spring with their friends.

Putting your business in the best position

Progressing in the dairy industry comes down to good planning, goal setting and wise decisions.

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Farmers advised, be waterwise video

Irrigation at The farm of John Coveney in Pirinoa, Wairarapa.
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Water is likely to become more valuable than the land, farmers told.

Grain growers discouraged by low returns

Feed barley plantings in Canterbury for the 2017 harvest are predicted to be down 41 per cent on 2015, reflecting a ...

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Farm forestry adding value to marginal land

Pine and poplar forestry mix with bull beef on Tim Forde's Central Hawke's Bay farm.

Hunter Hills sheep and beef farmer Ian Jackson is a firm believer in the value of trees on otherwise marginal land.

Runholder battles invasive weed

Horehound, an invasive, foul-smelling weed that contaminates wool, taints meat and plays havoc with lucerne crops.

Gavin "Snow" Loxton is on a campaign to eradicate the invasive weed playing havoc with his lucerne crops.

Make better pasture decisions

Ryegrass not always the best option, says rural consultant Graham Butcher.

OPINION: This might sound like farming heresy, but ryegrass is often not the most suitable species to grow.

Monitoring your business with key performance indicators

Key performance indicators for agribusiness include farm working expenditure, profit, production and finance costs.

Identifying KPIs will help farmers focus on the information that's most important.

Keep good records, run an efficient business

Preston Russell Law partner Sarah McKenzie

OPINION: Record keeping is key to running an efficient business.

A farming mum who loves helping others

Farming Mums Facebook champion Chanelle O'Sullivan in the snow in South Canterbury with Izzy, 4, and Hunter, 21 months.

Regular visitors to the Facebook site, Farming Mums NZ, will be familiar with an online blogger whose zest for life seems never-ending.

The answer lies in the soil moisture

Rain is usually welcome but can you manage it to ensure your pastures reach their potential?

Farmers can reduce risk by storing moisture in their soil.

Keeping on top of farming's complexity

You will get the best value from your farming adviser by framing your question carefully and precisely.

Farming is getting more complex. Don't fight this. Run with it and keep your balance sheet constantly at your shoulder, not behind the rubbish in your office.

Farmers can still recruit migrant workers

Farmers having difficulty recruiting employees in New Zealand have options that allow them to recruit migrant workers.

Farmers having difficulty recruiting employees in New Zealand have options.

Carbon credits too complicated

Many farmers are failing to take advantage of the income to be gained from trading carbon credits in farm forestry.

Carbon credits for forestry are too complicated for most farmers to take advantage of.

Rules can stop farmers hiring migrants

Farmers must prove to Immigration New Zealand no NZ workers can do the job before they employ a migrant.

How easy is it to employ migrant workers in our agricultural sector?

Light dining milkers

A new breeding tool could help farmers select cows that use less feed to produce milk.

Researchers are trying to identify bulls that can pass on genetics to dairy cows using less feed to produce milk.

Sharemilking still a viable option

Sharemilking is still a good way to progress in the industry says Mark Paine, DairyNZ strategy and investment leader for ...


High country runholders must adapt

Merino farmer Simon Williamson, left, and American fabric supplier Jose Fernandez  at Glenbrook Station in the MacKenzie ...

Mackenzie Country run holder Simon Williamson keeps busy both on and off the farm.

Quick check could save thousands

Calf sheds mean calves are well-protected.

Not far from farmers' minds are the regular Global Dairy Trade auctions.

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Make a business plan ahead of busy spring period

Dairy farmers are advised to make a business plan before they get caught up with calving.

The term "planning" has been a major point of discussion at a number of farm discussion groups we have attended in the past few weeks.

What's China got against NZ? gallery video

Manawatu dairy farmer Andrew Hoggard, who chairs the Federated Farmers dairy division, says a trade war with China is ...

Is China really angry enough at New Zealand to throttle our dairy, wool and fruit exports? Here are the facts.

Pitfalls of equity partnerships

A sharemilking agreement is a  tried and true structure that still provides a pathway to farm ownership.

Jaimee Clifton argues that herd-owning sharemilking may be a better path to farm ownership than an equity partnership.

Massey's strong links with China

Li Yansong who is the vice president of Peking University and Hugh Blair  Professor of Animal Science, Massey University ...

A delegation from Massey visited China's Shihezi University to open a new animal health and breeding centre.

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