Fleeced farmer's fury

An Otorohanga farmer whose lambs were stolen has been refused compensation by FMG despite paying a premium of $8000 a ...

He pays $8000 a year to insure his lambs. But he won't get a cent in compensation after 35 of them were stolen.

Cutting cows on horseback

Graeme McInnes of Northland competing on Buster. The horse and rider separate a cow from a group and attempt to  keep it ...

Cutting cows on horseback takes the utmost skill and will be on display soon in Canterbury.

Grass-fed dairy system could add to pollution

Is the grass-fed approach to our dairy industry just adding to our nitrate pollution problems?

Is DairyNZ's grass fed policy hindering rather than helping the nitrates issue?

Paid success no basis for gong

Valerie Adams is a multiple world champion and olympic medallist, but does she deserve a damehood?

Making the Queen's Honours list should be about more than just doing your job, says farmer Ike Williams.

Leading light honoured for animal welfare work

David Mellor in 1971 before a formal dinner and ball in Edinburgh.

Massey University Professor David Mellor, has been recognised for his work in animal welfare.

Mental guru says farmers need to connect

All Blacks psychologist Gilbert Enoka told farmers at the Dairy Environment Leaders Forum that "life is about the ...

All Blacks psychologist Gilbert Enoka is urging farmers to relate to their urban cousins.

Quake response app at work

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston and World Farmers' Organisation secretary-general Marco Marzano de Marinis ...

Farmers will be better prepared to deal with a major emergency with a new app, says Federated Farmers.

Summertime perilous on farms

140813. News. Photo: Manukau Courier/Anna Loren. Sheep and lambs at Ambury Farm. 14-mkc-lambs3

Parents need to keep alert in case children have accidents at this time of the year on farms.

Time to think about staffing for next dairy season

See professional help when you recruit farm staff.

It's worth getting professional help to recruit staff for your farm business.

Looking back at 2016

Health and safety in the workplace continues to be debated.

Taranaki legal advisers had plenty of topics to debate during the year.

Tax tips for the festive season

Christmas gifts to staff may attract fringe benefit tax.

Check out these tax tips to make sure you comply with the rules during the festive season.

Rustlers hit farmers

Federated Farmers rural crime portfolio leader Rick Powdrell has himself been a victim of rustlers.

Thieves target farmers but stock thefts are trending down, a Federated Farmers survey shows.

Farming with the dreaded eczema

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has advice for farmers on how to reduce the impact of facial eczema.

Maximising your profit

Systems like Xero, Cash Manager Rural, Banklink and MYOB Accounts Live allow farmers to quickly assess their profit position.

Increasing milk production does not necessarily generate more profit.

Post-quake lots of work on farm

Lynda Murchison of Federated Farmers says farmers have to keep on doing regular farming tasks, on top of the earthquake ...

Quakes come and go but crops have to be harvested and winter planting done.

Dark side of farming

Rangitikei farm owner Stuart Taylor: the "dark side" of farming has an unfortunate enduring legacy.

Working the land is no longer in its pioneering phase when people took risks and endured pain, dairy farmer says.

The right ram for the right farm

Cave stud breeder Chris Hampton with his charollais (light face) and charollais suffolk rams. The charollais have a well ...

 Get the selection of the right ram for your farm wrong and it can be costly.

Quake farmers' triple whammy

Some farm damage was extreme following the quake. Areas will have to be fenced off, planted up and retired.

In the middle of a serious drought and with poor prices around, things were already shaky enough.

Five keys to soil health

Gabe Brown's cash crops now yield 25 per cent above his county average without any inputs, except very occasional herbicide.

Are cover crops the way to cut risk and costs for farm production? One of the world's most influential farmers shares his message.

Top-up for aquifers and farmer morale

Federated Farmers provincial chairman Mark Adams says the optimal spring will allow farmers to begin to build resilience.

A fantastic spring for South Canterbury farmers is setting them up well for the summer.

Shearers and woolhandlers named for champs

Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford won his place in the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships team to compete ...

After a long wait the NZ shearing and woolhandling team has been announced.

Keeping safe on farms

Employers' responsibilities for health and safety are well-defined in new legislation.

New legislation simplifies the requirements for on-farm health and safety.

How to help after the quake video

Crooked power lines on Mt Fyffe Road, Kaikoura.


If you're feeling helpless after the earthquake earlier this week, here are some things you can do.

Wet spring challenges pasture management skills

Challenging conditions mean milk production is down on many Taranaaki farms.

Achieving consistent residuals in paddocks in the last couple of grazing rounds has been difficult for Taranaki dairy farmers.

Management skills key to high performance

Funding is available through Venture Tanaki for business training

The achievements of the top 20 per cent of farmers show the huge potential for the rest to increase on-farm performance.

Nightmare laws for farmer landlords

Preston Russell Law partner Sarah McKenzie

Always check tenancy references before allowing workers to rent farm properties.

Small-eye lambs from genetic disease

Microphthalmia is found mainly in the texel breed and texel-cross.

 A sheep disease passes on blindness and small eyes to lambs.

Bamboozled by ram selling pitch

Ike Williams believes ram buyers should be focusing on the fundamentals.

Ike Williams says farmers need to be wary of being suckered or bamboozled by ram buying.

Dry summer for South Canty farmers

South Canterbury and the eastern Mackenzie Country could be looking at another dry summer.

Another dry spell could lay head for some South Canterbury farmers.

Healthier animals from future grasses

Conference attendees listen to AgResearch scientist Tony Conner speak on grasses of the future.

Future livestock will be healthier and emit less methane gas as a result of modern grasses.

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