Carbon forest specs too small

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston says many trees planted by farmers aren't taken into account for emissions ...

Changes to the definition of a carbon forest would help farmers benefit from trading in carbon credits.

GM food - who to believe

Ike Williams is a stud sheep breeder from Pleasant Point.

OPINION: Allowing GM crops to be grown in NZ is a decision to be determined by government, not regional or district councils.

1.2 million milking sheep in France

At the Sheep Milk NZ Conference were guest speakers from France, Gilles Fregeat and Marion Benoit, who have co-authored ...

France's 1.2 million milking sheep compares with the New Zealand flock of 33,000.

Risk to NZ from Fiji 'miracle water'

It does not matter where water comes from, it cannot enter into New Zealand without treatment.

Hundreds have tried to import water from the "Lourdes of the Pacific" - but it could do more harm than good.

Growing taste for sheep milk

Sheep milk being made into paneer cheese.

More people trying sheep milk products and more producers in New Zealand.

FEP workshop appreciated by farmers

James Hoburn of Beef +Lamb New Zealand conducts a farm environment plan workshop at the Woodbury Hall for a bunch of ...

A group of South Canterbury farmers gets together to take part in a farm environment plan workshop.

Countdown on for field days

A scene from the 2016 annual South Island Agricultural Field Days held at Kirwee. This year promises to be bigger and better.

In less than two weeks time, 30,000 people will pour through the gates of the South Island Agricultural Field Days event.

Dairy prices should remain the same next year says economist

ASB rural economist Nathan Penny.

Dairy price should stay around $6 a kilogram of milk solids next year says chief economist.

Farmers to benefit from rules

Manuka forest on Ken and Sandra Sandford's sheep and beef "hobby farm" at Hurleyville. The Sandfords received the ...

Consumers are demanding more oversight of food production, and NZ farmers will have to shape up.

Want to buy the latest ag tech?

It's agriculture's turn to have its head turned by the latest shiny gadgets and cool gear.

Understanding new agriculture technology is not rocket science, writes Callum Eastwood.

Mesh messes with pests

The Lincoln University Future Farming Centre head Charles Merfield, centre, among plots of mesh-covered potatoes. Using ...

Scientists at Lincoln University have found a fine mesh will protect potatoes from pests.

Fonterra gives back to grass roots community

Mt Somers Rural Fire Force at a training exercise in Mt Somers.

Fonterra is inviting community groups to apply for its latest round of grassroots funding.

Working with an injured employee

Employers have obligations when an employee is off work because of injury.

Lawyer Sarah McKenzie breaks down what to do if an employee is off due to injury.

Farmers urged to attend meeting on change

Dairy cows graze in front of the Clandeboye dairy factory. High nitrate levels have been found  in the wells in this ...

South Canterbury farmers are urged to attend a meeting in Fairlie to learn the outcomes of a water investigation.

Farm safety more than paperwork

Anne and Philip with farm worker  Greg Macfarlane sit around the kitchen table with Worksafe farm inspector Christine ...

Philip and Anne Munro show that farm health and safety isn't all about filling in forms.

Rural women key in farm inheritance talks

Lisa Hicks says rural women got a lot out of a Dairy Women's Network seminar on farm succession.

Women lead most succession planning say a banker and rural advisor.

Trees cut and 80m canyon formed

Farm forester John Dermer.

Farm foresters will check out the deep canyon at Goulter's Gully and other erosion-prone land during a conference.

The killer in the air: What does the most harm on-farm

Pesticides and fungicides can have a neurotoxic effect on humans.

A new report by WorkSafe New Zealand shows that work-related health effects are an even bigger killer than accidents on our farms. Tony Benny reports.

Farmers tell the red meat story

Beef+Lamb New Zealand central South Island  farmer director Bill Wright on his farm near Cave, South Canterbury.

Beef+Lamb New Zealand will tell the story that underpins our red meat industry.

Managing mastitis: Antibiotic alternatives

DairyNZ senior scientist Jane Lacy-Hulbert  says DairyNZ has been researching non-antibiotic alternatives for treating ...

The use of antibiotics in treating livestock is coming under increased scrutiny across the globe. 

South Canty farmers rosy about autumn

Mark Adams, Federated Farmers chairman for South Canterbury is circumspect heading into autumn, saying rain is needed now.

Farmers are positive about the coming autumn in South Canterbury.

Indonesians learn more about beef

Visiting Indonesians university staff and Massey people check out  beef cattle at Feilding's saleyards.

Indonesian academics are fascinated about the Kiwi way of feeding cattle and keeping them healthy.

Poor effluent storage costly

Effluent ponds need to be properly sealed to ensure contaminants do not leak into waterways.

The investment farmers make in effluent storage can be jeopardised by poor storage pond capacity or sealing.

Nasty pest found in Canterbury

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in a clover crop in Mid Canterbury.

The red clover casebearer moth has been found in Mid-Canterbury, but its effect on clover seed production is unknown.

Worms champions of soil health

Soils without enough of the right type of earthworms are usually poorly structured, Bala Tikkisetty says.

Earthworms act as biological aerators and physical conditioners of the soil.

Cows without calves on the rise

Manawatu/Rangitikei, Federated Farmers sharemilker chairman Richard McIntyre.

More dairy cows were not in calf after a wet spring.

The science of dairy lover emotions

More research is about to go into the consumer response to dairy foods.

New Food and Consumer Sensory Science chairwoman explores why dairy consumers buy products.

Underperforming ewes cut profits

Condition scores are important for the months ahead.

Graham Butcher suggests all ewes need to have a condition score of 3.5.

Best lamb hunt is on

The tastiest and tenderest lamb finalists include three North Islanders.

Three Manawatu and Hawke's Bay locals are in the finals for the best lamb competition.

Wet summer takes toll on dairy farmers

Dairy NZ  runs a once a day milking seminar for southern North Island farmers.  Billy Finnigan, 3, attended the seminar, ...

A wet summer is putting pressure on even once a day dairy farmers.

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