Agribusiness

Making a go of goat's cheese

TASTY: Lonely Goat bottled feta.

The Doughtys have milking goats and dairy cows. They make and sell cheese made largely from goat's milk.

Inflation 'killing rural towns'

FAIR GO: Retired Marton farmer Jim Howard is asking for the Government to examine the way inflation is managed.

A retired farmer is asking politicians to look again at how inflation is managed, saying the current way and the high dollar harm farmers and other exporters.

On the pig's back

Rammstein was rewarded with German beer after winning the all-breeds pig award.

Prizewinning pig's future was shaky after being auctioned but he has surfaced to a new life as a breeding boar.

El Nino still possible

Confirmation of an El Nino weather pattern for this summer is yet to be confirmed.

Disjointed weather patterns are too unclear to suggest farmers are heading into a El Nino event.

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

Low river levels concern

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows, such as the Orari river.

Dry weather has seen South Canterbury's rivers reach "exceptional" lows.

A wearer of many hats

LEADING ROLE: Federated Farmers president William Rolleston.

As befits a man of science, William Rolleston picks his words with precision.

3 little pigs multiplied

Hawarden pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne with daughter, Holly, after being named the Lincoln University Foundation South Island Farmers of the Year.

Canterbury pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne are South Island Farmers of the Year.

Acid soils cop blame

High country farm.

Widespread concern over the rapid decline in productivity of the South Island high country was a recurring theme at the Grasslands' annual conference.

'As flash as you can make a tin shed'

SECOND: Waikato Milking Systems is expanding with a new building at Horotiu.

Four Waikato Milking Systems sites will be consolidated into one by the end of May next year.

Eyeing Chinese wine market

Ling Hai Group director Feng Liang says Marlborough will benefit from the group buying Awatere Valley property Castlebrae because it will be able to help other wine companies in the region break into Chinese markets.

Chinese company plans winery, accommodation complex and 100 hectare vineyard on Marlborough land bought this year.

'A step backwards'

CLUCKING MAD: Animal welfare activists dressed in chicken costumes protest against Craddock Farms' proposal to farm 310,000 colony caged hens in Patumahoe outside its resource consent hearing in Pukekohe.

A hearing for what could be NZ's largest colony chicken farm had a colourful start as animal welfare activists, dressed as chickens, protested.

Orchard big loser in hailstorm

Fresh trouble: Pink lady apples.

A hailstorm may cost a South Canterbury orchard company up to two thirds of its apple crop.

Not all happy

Deer Industry New Zealand said the FTA result was disappointing.

NZ's free trade agreement with South Korea is greeted with thumbs down from deer and seafood industries.

Breeding perfect free-range pig video

Hadley and Shelly Mora

Hamilton pig farmers Hadley and Shelly Mora are trying to re-establish one of the county's rarest breed of pigs.

Living his motto

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Peter Yealands uses the miniature breed of babydoll sheep to graze the grass between his vines.

Studying the success of Peter Yealands is a ''short-cut to happiness''.

Poaching death predicted

Sandy and Kevin Topp have been battling poachers in the Puhi Puhi Valley for 28 years.

Farmers in the remote Puhi Puhi Valley near Kaikoura say it's only a matter of time before someone is killed by poachers shooting on the public road.

Falling tree hits farmer

Westpac helicopter

A farmer was injured when a tree he was chopping fell on him in the Wairarapa.

Taranaki divided

Alex Ballantyne may be the sacked former  South Taranaki  deputy mayor – but he appears popular and defiant than ever.

Eltham's relationship with Hawera is suffering over rotting buttermilk and a deputy mayor without a job.

SAFE slams rodeo bull death

Cowboy Merv Church, is in a little discomfort after his final winning ride with Fraser Babbington celebrating his fellow New Zealanders success at Horncastle Arena, during the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) debut event in Christchurch.

Animal rights activists say they have been "proven right" following the mercy killing of a bull during a rodeo last night.

'Sad reminder of the risks...'

Digger removes logs.

Farmer told to pay $100,000 reparation and fined $52,000 over the death of a worker on his farm.

Innovation comes to fore

Silere merino meat.

Forward thinking is propelling primary sector research.

The 'poster boy of weeds'

The weed pink ragwort is more widespread than Horizons Regional Council staff thought possible.

Rammstein, a champ

Rammstein was rewarded with German beer after winning the all-breeds pig award.

A black and white pig named after a heavy metal German band cleaned up in the pig pens at the Canterbury A & P Show.

Rural sector 'needs water'

A computer-generated picture of what the Ruataniwha dam may look like.

Primary production interests argued that the Board of Inquiry findings - which may decide the fate of the Ruataniwha dam - should stand.

Trade talks reboot likely

HAGGLING: Traders at the Hira market in Dehli using the traditional means of agreeing on a price, disguising their hands under a cloth.

Talks on a free trade agreement between India and New Zealand could restart early next year.

Tracking system reduces TB cases

Possums are the main carrier of bovine tuberculosis (TB) threatening cattle and deer herds.

New Zealand TB-infected cattle herds have dropped from 91 to 72 in the past year.

One-armed woodchopper video

Aussie amputee Nick Fredriksen has proven himself in the woodchopping arena.

Competitive woodchopping is hard enough with two hands, let alone one.

Beekeeping stings result

A pot of honey.

Honey products business Comvita has slumped to a $3.3 million loss in the six months to September and announced a new rights issue.

Award follows farm gift

Jim and Diana Howard have been honoured with Lincoln University's first Vice-Chancellor's Award.

Farmers honoured with Lincoln University award following their "gift to the nation".